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Abortion Mandate Testimony PDF Print E-mail

February 11, 2015

Yesterday, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle, appeared before the House Health Care & Wellness Committee to testify in opposition to HB 1647. 

HB 1647 would mandate abortion coverage in health insurance plans which offer maternity care.  This legislation restricts the freedom of individuals to act according to their consciences.  Employers who are opposed to abortion should not be required to cover such services, nor should individuals who are opposed to abortion be forced to pay premiums for services.

Click here to view the testimony that was presented by Bishop Elizondo.

WSCC Advocacy Bulletins PDF Print E-mail

Beginning with the 2015 Legislative Session, WSCC is sending subscribers weekly Catholic Advocacy Bulletins.

The Bulletins keep advocates informed of major public policy issues in Olympia, and will provide updates and action alerts on a regular basis while the Legislature is in session.  

The Bulletins are delivered via email.  Click here to sign up and receive WSCC’s advocacy bulletins.  Previous bulletins may be viewed by clicking here.

Legislative Priorites 2015 PDF Print E-mail

The Catholic Bishops of Washington State have approved WSCC's legislative priorities for the 2015 legislation session.  Click here for the complete and detailed list of priorities. 

The 105-day 2015 legislative session begins on January 12th.  Following is a sampling of the priorities:

WSCC supports:
Providing adequate revenue to support “safety net” programs

Mandating and funding child abuse prevention education programs for all students in K-12 schools

Improving the child welfare system 

Strengthening laws to protect and support victims of human trafficking

Maintaining food assistance programs

Eliminating harmful chemicals in children’s products when safer alternatives are available

Providing access to health care for all

Securing funding for the Housing Trust Fund

Requiring parental notification for abortions performed on minors

Maintaining home care programs and services

WSCC opposes:
Mandating abortion coverage in all health care plans

Mass & March For Life PDF Print E-mail

On January 20th, Catholics from across the state gathered to attend the annual Mass and March for Life.

Mass was celebrated at 9:30 a.m. by Bishop Elizondo in the Marcus Pavilion of St. Martin’s University, Lacey.  After Mass, thousands of Catholics gathered for the 37th annual March for Life in Olympia.  The program began at Noon on the Capitol steps. 

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in the United States. In 1970, three years prior to Roe, Washington was the first state in the Union to legalize abortion through a vote of the people.

Click here for Northwest Catholic’s article and video on the Mass and March for Life.



2015 Legislative Session PDF Print E-mail

The 105-day 2015 legislative session began on Monday, January 12th.  The regular session started on January 12th and is scheduled for 105 days.  It is quite possible that an additional 30-day session will be necessary to pass the budget.

The funding of basic public education is at the forefront of debate.  Lawmakers are required by a Supreme Court decision to increase basic educational funding by billions of dollars.  Consensus will be difficult to achieve with the Democrats narrowly in control of the House and the Republicans in control of the Senate with a 25-24 majority.

Based on Catholic teaching, the WSCC is actively engaged in many issues.  WSCC's 2015 legislative priorities are listed in the following categories:  Life, Budget, Catholic Schools, Children & Families, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Environment, Health Care, Housing and Long-Term Care.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Please join us on Tuesday, January 20th for the Mass and March for Life.   Mass is at 9:30 a.m. in the Marcus Pavilion at St. Martin College followed at Noon by the March for Life at the Capitol.

Please join us also for Catholic Advocacy Day, on March 22nd in Olympia. Visit this link for more information and to register online.

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