Washington Leadership Targets Hobby Lobby

Late last week, Gov. Jay Inslee and a group of Washington State Senators held a press conference  near a soon-to-be-opened Hobby Lobby store in North Seattle to assure voters they will do whatever they can to force businesses in Washington State to violate their conscience.

For the last two years, the Washington State Senate has been controlled by a Majority Coalition of Republicans and two Democrats. As a result, the Governor’s most radical proposals have failed to reach his desk.

In attempt to solve this problem, Gov. Inslee is pulling out all the stops.

Once again, he recruited his friend, billionaire Tom Steyer from California, to spend at least $1 million on Washington State legislative races.

Now, he’s hoping to persuade votes of the need to force businesses like Hobby Lobby to violate their convictions about abortion.

By way of review, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated that every company provide 20 specific kinds of contraceptives in their health plans. Hobby Lobby was willing to pay for 16 forms of birth control but objected to four. The Supreme Court agreed with Hobby Lobby that federal law protects the rights of people not to violate their conscience even if they become employers.

The fact that you have a right to something, does not mean you have the right to make someone else buy it for you.

These lawmakers, however, believe Washington’s non-discrimination laws allow them to force businesses to buy abortion drugs in violation of their conscience.

Senator Karen Keiser believes Hobby Lobby’s freedom to choose is a real problem. “This has real effect on tens of thousands of Washington employees who are now at risk of losing access to their choice of birth control.”

Of course that’s just stuff you say at an election year press conference. No one actually thinks women are about to lose their birth control.

The Center for Disease Control’s own health statistics from 2013 show that 99% of women between the ages of 12-44 have used birth control. This was all before the ACA mandate. If 99% of the people are using it before anyone thought they could force their boss to buy it for them, there isn’t a crisis of access.

In the most ironic statement of the day, Sen. Kevin Ranker said that, “This partisan politics around women’s reproductive rights and core values is unacceptable.” Actually, that’s something we can agree on, but probably not for the reasons he’s thinking.

Sadly, efforts to force people to pay for abortion against their will is kind of an old story. For three years in a row, the Washington State legislature, led by Sen. Steve Hobbs in the Senate, has pushed a bill that would make it illegal to purchase an insurance policy that doesn’t cover abortion.

Fortunately, sanity has prevailed and-for now-women in Washington still have the choice of what kind of health insurance they want to purchase.

Still, the fact that our state’s leadership is mounting another assault to force people to violate their conscience and participate in abortion shows a disturbing lack of empathy.

Someone should propose legislation forcing them to idle their car for no reason at all, cut down a tree, or throw an aluminum can into the waste bin rather than the recycle container.

If you care about the freedom to run your business according to your beliefs, your freedom is on the ballot this November. At least they warned us.

So make sure you know which candidates on your ballot support conscience rights, religious freedom, and the autonomy of people to choose for themselves whether they will participate in controversial activities.

And then use Vote Finder to help your friends do the same. With Vote Finder you can find out if your friends, family, or fellow parishioners have voted before the election is over.

If we all make sure just 10 other people who share our perspective vote, the close elections will be decided in favor of people who value your freedom as much as you do. Or, you can do nothing, be frustrated, and watch Gov. Inslee and his billionaire friend toast to how much more control over your life and business they now have.

9 replies
  1. Nony L
    Nony L says:

    You are absolutely right Carol. Do not go to places you don’t like. Do not make the place like you. There is an old adage “be a Roman when you are in Rome”. If you don’t like A, go to B, C, D, etc, etc.

  2. Nony L
    Nony L says:

    I believe that this reproductive health issues can be properly resolved and avoid unnecessary animosities among people of different standards of values by respecting the principles of the SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Let the church handle the care of the soul (this is what Christ really died for), and let the State handle the care of the body. Let the individual exercise her FREE WILL (Its God given) to make a choice. America, in fact, was built on FREEDOM.

  3. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    The phone number for Governor Inslee’s office to express our dissent regarding his nasty position on Hobby Lobby is 360-902-411. Please be courteous and remain on point. The issues are: 1.)He is spreading the lie that Hobby Lobby does not pay for birth control for its employees. (What does this say about his morality and character?), 2.) The Supreme Court has already decided the matter. (Why is he defying the highest court in our land?), 3.) No one is forced to work for Hobby Lobby (So why is this a problem for him? ), 4.) No one is coerced to purchase from Hobby Lobby (Is he opposed to capitalism and a free market?) , 5.) The owners of Hobby Lobby have just as many rights as any other American to follow their consciences. (Since when does everyone have to think, believe, and act in a way that Jay Inslee dictates?) , 6.) Hobby Lobby pays its lower level employees well above minimum wage which is a good thing for them and the economy, and 7.) Governor Inslee will be the direct cause for an increase in unemployment and lowering of the economy if these folks lose their jobs. Please encourage everyone you know to drive these points home with the Governor via phone, email, and letters. Thank you everyone! P.S. Remember that Gov. Inslee is the same man who is all for pot shops lining our streets and doping up our neighbors!

  4. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    Let’s flood our fine governor’s phone line and email contact with our concern and protest. The untruth that Hobby Lobby is denying women birth control is the reason for the separation between us and our more highly evolved daughter, an attorney. She swears that they are bad guys and as a feminist, she must bash them until they are out of business. This is how absurd things have become. So I guess Gov. Inslee isn’t for higher pay after all since Hobby Lobby pays its employees well. So I guess he isn’t for higher employment either because he wants Hobby Lobby to shut down and put thousands of its workers on the unemployement rolls. Watch Jay Inslee posture himself for a higher position for himself in the big Washington (D.C.). His head is about to explode because he is so puffed up. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a run for the presidency one of these days.

  5. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    It is disturbing that Gov. Jay Inslee and some of the senate has time to go to Seattle and hassle a legitimate business over an issue that has already been decided by the Supreme Court. They are wasting time bought by the taxpayers of Washington. Vote them all out.

  6. Carol
    Carol says:

    If you don’t like what the company offers don’t work there! Would you work there if they offered to pay you less than what you wanted. So why is this any different…you don’t like the birth control they offer then go somewhere else that does offer it. These women who are unhappy with the lack of the 4 birth control items that aren’t offered can go to a company who offers what they want. I have passed up many jobs because it required that I join a union. I did not believe that I should be forced to pay a union so I could work in a particular job. They accuse the company of forcing their values on them as an employee…yet the employee is forcing their lack of values on the employer.

    • Linda
      Linda says:

      the 4 birth control items are the 4 forms of the abortion pill. Inslee is tryng to force Hobby Lobby to basically provide abortions.


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