Roeland Park continues to struggle with solution to code compliance issue with St. Agnes abortion awareness display

The Roeland Park city council continued its discussion this week on whether to adjust a signage code for non-profit events to accommodate an annual display recognizing abortion awareness month.

Current code allows non-profit churches, schools and government organizations to advertise for special events by posting three signs for up to four days. Member of the council and staff noted that St. Agnes Catholic Church of Roeland Park’s month-long abortion awareness display, which includes roughly 40 crosses, violates this code.

According to assistant city administrator Jennifer Jones-Lacy, previous city attorney Neil Shortlidge said the crosses should be interpreted as signs. Before consulting with Shortlidge city staff had interpreted the display as lawn art that was not in violation of code.

(Read more: Prairie Village Post)