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Attack on Religious Freedom PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:26

Attack on Religious Freedom

Hobby Lobby’s success in seeking relief from the HHS mandate which would have forced them to offer abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans or face exorbitant financial penalties is in jeopardy. 

New legislation, U.S. Senate Bill 2578, the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014” was introduced in Congress to ban employers from refusing to cover any health services, including drugs that cause abortions.  It would also ensure that employers cannot use any federal law, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to refuse to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

The legislation would have farther reaching implications than the Hobby Lobby decision.  Passage could override federal protections of conscience and religious liberty regarding health coverage mandates.

The Senate will vote on the bill the week of July 13th.


 

 
2014 Legislative Report PDF Print E-mail

For the first time in many years the 60-day 2014 Legislative Session adjourned on time on March 13th.  Passed on the last day the supplemental budget increases the existing $33.631 billion 2013-2015 biennial budget to $33.675 billion, an increase of $155.1 million.  The allocation of additional funds include $58 million for public school books and supplies, $23 million in early learning and childcare, $20 million in mental health and $5.4 million for increased prison capacity. This supplemental budget is modest with no substantive tax increases or decreases.

Some highlights include the passage of the Real Hope Act (Dream Act), allowing qualified immigrant students, who came to this country with their parents, access to financial aid for college, and the defeat of the abortion mandate bill, which would have required all state health plans to provide abortion coverage. There were no cuts to basic needs programs. The housing surcharge bill passed, which grants funding for housing and homeless programs, but it was a compromise bill and only extended the $40 surcharge until 2019.  The Toxic Free Kids bill, which would have protected children from harmful toxic chemicals in children’s products did not pass, but some of it was contained in the budget. No additional funding was appropriated for housing because the legislature failed to pass a supplemental capitol budget.

Click here to download WSCC’s 2014 legislative report.

 
Death Penalty PDF Print E-mail

Governor Calls Moratorium on Death Penalty

On February 12th, the Bishops of Washington State wrote a letter to Governor Inslee thanking him for his decision to impose a moratorium on the death penalty and added their support for a broad public conversation on capital punishment.

In their letter, the bishops referred to past statements of the Washington State Catholic Conference that questioned the use of capital punishment:  “The people of Washington are confronted with unanswered questions regarding capital punishment… Is it fairly applied? Are innocent people executed? Are our motives revenge or safety? Is the punishment of death a cost effective means of ensuring public safety?”

The Governor said he will grant reprieves for death penalty cases that come to his desk, but this moratorium does not commute the sentences of death row inmates or grant them pardons.

Maintaining that the state must hold individuals accountable for their crimes, the bishops noted that the “real tragedy of criminal murders, however, is that there is no way to rebalance the scales of justice… and that taking a human life in the name of retribution does not breed justice or bring closure, but only continues the cycle of violence and hatred.”

The bishops pledged to work with Governor Inslee and other leaders to ”seek the most effective means to achieve justice, while at the same time turning away from violence as a solution to social problems.”


 

 
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Cornerstone Catholic Conference

October 24-25, 2014
Tacoma Convention Center

Come, join the Bishops of Washington State at the Cornerstone Catholic Conference

Be inspired and educated in the Gospel call to care for our brothers and sisters who are unborn, poor, marginalized, or at the end of life.

Here are flyers to help spread the word!

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Mass & March For Life PDF Print E-mail

2014 marks the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in this country. 

To pray for an end to abortion and to give witness to the value of life, Catholics from around the state attended the annual Mass For Life celebrated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain on Tuesday, January 21st. 

The Mass For Life was a source of strength and encouragement for advocates supporting human life from conception to natural death.  There was an estimated 2,500 people at the 9:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Seattle's Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at Saint Martin's University in Lacey.

The Mass For Life was followed by the 36th annual March For Life at the Capitol in Olympia.  More than 5,000 marchers, many of them carrying signs and red roses, processed to the Capitol steps for the program which began at Noon.  

 

 
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