Entries by Joseph Backholm

Senate Committee Debates Employer Mandates, Abortion Coverage, and Gender Reassignment for Illegal Aliens

Yesterday, on the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Washington State Senate debated several bills abortion industry advocates have been pushing for years.

Last week, the Senate Health and Long-Term Care committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 6219, which requires every insurance policy bought and sold in Washington State to pay for abortion as well as drugs that cause abortions (abortifacients).   It also prohibits cost sharing with the insured in the form of copays or deductibles for contraceptives or abortion.

Congress Passes Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Who Voted No?

Yesterday in Washington, DC, more than 100,000 people joined the annual March for Life calling for an end to abortion and legal protections for pre-born people.

Both President Trump and Vice-President Pence addressed the crowd.  It was the first time in the forty-five year history of the march that the President addressed it.

In recognition of the event, Congress voted on and passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

The bill requires that any child born alive after a failed abortion be transported to a hospital and provides penalties to punish abortion providers who fail to give medical attention and care to these infants.

Taxpayer Funded Sex-Change Operations for Non-Citizens?

In the first two weeks of the legislative session, a surprising priority has emerged: creating new state programs explicitly designed to pay for things for people who are not United States citizens.

Senate Bills 6219 and 6105 would create new programs that exist exclusively to pay for contraception, abortions, and perhaps sex-change operations for people who are not U.S. Citizens and are not eligible under federal law for assistance.

Senate Bill 6219,

Therapy Ban Fast-Tracked in Washington State Senate

The brief, 60 days, legislative session is moving quickly in Olympia, but one piece of legislation is moving especially fast.

Senate Bill 5722, which would prohibit therapists from helping minors with gender dysphoria or same-sex attraction, passed out of the Senate Health Care Committee yesterday and was rushed to the floor calendar this morning.

The Senate has until February 14th to bring it up for a vote in the full Senate but the speed with which this particular bill is moving seems to indicate they may do so much sooner.

Hearing Tuesday: “Free Abortions For All”

According to the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Washington State is given an A+ rating for their abortion policy. That basically means the abortion industry thinks Washington State is the gold standard.

That being said, you can always make more money and kill more babies.

That seems to be the reason for SB 6219, which doesn’t make abortion any more legal than it already is but would ensure that abortions will never be paid for by the woman who actually receives the abortion.

Banning “Conversion Therapy” For Kids: Talking Points v. Reality

Should people be able to choose the kind of therapy they want, or should legislators do that for them?

That is the question inherent in SB 5722 that claims to restrict “conversion therapy”.  According to the bill, the therapy that would be prohibited therapy that would “change behaviors or gender expressions,” or “eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions toward individuals of the same sex.”

I hope you didn’t miss that.

Children’s Rights, Parental Rights, and Therapists Rights In Cross-hairs as Session Begins

Earlier this week we told you about a bill that makes contract surrogacy legal in Washington State.  In doing so, the bill makes it illegal for courts to consider the best interest of the child in custody disputes that would arise out of surrogacy contracts. You can read more about that here.

Two other concerning bills will have public hearings in the first week of the legislative session, which begins Monday,

Selling Babies? Many Washington Legislators Say Yes

The legislative session hasn’t even begun here in Washington State, but it’s already off to a controversial start.

Senate Bill 6037, which is co-sponsored by 28 Senators, would make it legal to sell parental rights through commercial surrogacy.  Apparently, the arc of history now bends toward selling babies.

To understand what the bill does, and why its a problem,  you’ll need a little background.

We all know that babies come from women.

Oregon Court Uphold $135,000 Fine Against Bakery

Thursday, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a $135,000 fine against a bakery had declined to bake a custom wedding cake for a civil union ceremony.

The case began in 2013 when Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer that they would not be able to bake a cake for their civil union.  In 2013, same-sex marriage did not exist in Oregon.

A complaint was filed against the bakery and the fine of $135,000 was assessed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries,

The Binary That Really Does Need to Go Away

The left today is waging a war on “the binary”.  The binary they want to destroy is the gender binary, which is the idea that everyone is either male or female.

They now argue, with a completely straight face, that there are infinite genders and you can be any gender you want or none at all.

Not only do they believe this new concept of gender is true, they also believe that people who disagree deserve scorn,