In the recently completed legislative session, the Washington State legislature passed legislation making it professional misconduct for licensed therapists to provide “conversion therapy” to a minor. As a result, a therapist may help a boy become a girl but may not help a boy identify as a man if he experiences gender dysphoria. Similarly, they can help a child embrace same-sex attraction, but they are forbidden from telling a child it is possible to reduce or eliminate same-sex attraction,
A blizzard of extremist social policy from the Washington State legislature seems to have ended Wednesday evening as the Washington State House of Representatives passed SB 6219 mandating that every insurance policy in Washington State cover abortions and all contraceptive methods.
It also makes it illegal to share the costs of the abortion with the insured through any form of copay or deductible.
The bill, which is strongly opposed by private businesses,
The Washington State House of Representatives voted Wednesday afternoon to pass legislation banning “conversion therapy” for minors by a 66-32 margin. Sixteen Republicans joined every Democrat to pass it.
Proponents of the bill had long argued that it would protect children from torture that therapists would have used in an effort to make kids not be gay.
No mention was made of the fact that torture and coercion of any kind by a therapist are already professional misconduct.
Tuesday was a difficult day in the legislature.
Early in the evening, the Washington State Senate passed HB 1523, a bill that requires every insurance plan to pay for every form of birth control.
In broad terms, the bill requires that Washington State require every insurance plan to cover everything that was required under federal law as of December 31, 2016.
If it seems like a strange way to write law,
This legislative session has seen a barrage of really harmful legislation be introduced and gain traction in the legislature.
Another bill (SB 6037) would legalize surrogacy contracts in Washington State. Mitsutoku Shigeta, a single man from Japan,
Tomorrow, the Washington State legislature will hold hearings on Senate Bill 6037 which would, among other things, make surrogacy contracts legal in Washington State. Surrogacy contracts typically involve a wealthy individual or couple paying a financially disadvantaged woman to carry a child that she will give up at birth.
In a story that offers a foreshadowing of what could be around the corner, a Bangkok court just awarded a Japanese man full custody of thirteen children he fathered through surrogacy in Thailand.
If you haven’t said it yourself, you’ve definitely heard someone say it.
We don’t get involved in “political issues”. Churches say this all the time.
For Americans, it’s a polite way of breaking up with a conversation we don’t want to have. “It’s not you, it’s me.”
But there’s one little problem with this argument, there’s no such thing as a “political issue.”
There are economic issues,
While American’s celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, the Washington State legislature will be reaching the halfway point in their legislative session. February 14th is the date on which bills must pass the House in which they were introduced. Bills that fail to do so are likely dead.
Starting February 15th, the House and Senate will both begin committee hearings on legislation passed by the opposite chamber. The 2018 regular session ends March 8th.
The Washington State legislature continues to prioritize a number of radical social policies in the 2018 legislative session.
Yesterday, the Senate passed SB 6037 legalizing contract surrogacy by a 27-21 vote margin. Several amendments were proposed but not adopted. One amendment would have limited surrogacy contracts in Washington State to residents of Washington State. This was an attempt to avoid challenges like those faced in Southeast Asia where the wealthy would fly in from all over the globe to take advantage of the surrogacy industry that developed there.
Two bills have been scheduled for a hearing at 8 a.m. in the House HealthCare and Wellness Committee this Wednesday, February 7th.
Senate Bill 6219 does two different things:
- It requires every insurance policy to cover every form of FDA approved contraception, including those that many object to because they cause abortions.
- It requires every insurance policy that covers the birth of a baby to also pay someone to kill it.
Many people have never heard of Senate Bill 6037 nor do they know what commercial surrogacy is, but this issue has become one of the most hotly debated bills so in Olympia this year.
While the bill is an overhaul of the States Uniform Parentage Act generally, as we wrote about previously, the most contentious part is the provision that would remove the state’s current prohibition on commercial surrogacy contracts.
The Washington State legislature likes birth control – a lot.
Currently, there are three separate bills in one way or another making it easier to get birth control and ensuring that no one taking the birth control will actually have to pay for it. (SB 6102, SB 6105, SB 6219). All of them work to make sure that women won’t ever have to pay for their birth control or abortion.
Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church bills itself as “the original church for LGBTG+ people & allies in the Pacific Northwest.” On their Facebook page yesterday, they posted something called “A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!” by Bishop John Shelby Spong who is a retired Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
It appears that it was written in 2009, but over the last decade, this sentiment has become increasingly pervasive among progressives generally, including those who identify as Christian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.