Saturday, March 15, 2014

End of the 2014 Legislative Session in Olympia, WA

The 2014 session ended this past week, and overall the results were pretty positive from the Catholic perspective.  Two key bills were defeated: the Abortion Insurance Mandate, and the "Telemedicine" bill that would have required insurance coverage for chemical abortions.  Other partially good news in this session: the Parental Notification of Abortion bill and the Anti-Human trafficking bill both passed in the Senate Law & Justice committee, although they never made it to a floor vote in the Senate.  From what we've heard, this is the first pro-life legislation to have even made it through a committee in Olympia in decades!  So again, generally good news from the efforts in Olympia this year.

Now the focus for our ministry shifts to the national scene, and the U.S. Congress.  Important bills have been introduced in the U.S. Senate that need our action to encourage our Senators to support:
1) the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,
2) the No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Act, and
3) the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act. 
Please contact your Senators asking them to support and pass these critical bills.

On the home front, we're starting plans for the 2014 Fortnight For Freedom events at St. Stephens coming up the two weeks before the July 4th holiday.  We'll be issuing more details as we approach that time.

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