Thursday, October 02, 2014

State Senate democrats running unconstitutional bill as a campaign issue.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess, but this kind of stupidity?

State Senate Democrats aim to negate Hobby Lobby decision

By The News Tribune
Published: October 2, 2014, 5:11 PM 
A group of Senate Democrats said Thursday that they will introduce legislation next year aimed at ensuring women can access contraception in Washington, even if those women's employers object to paying for certain types of birth control on religious grounds.

The proposed legislation would say that "barrier-free access to birth control remains a fundamental right" and that limiting access to it violates the state's anti-discrimination laws, according to a press release from the senators.

Democratic state senators Karen Keiser, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, David Frockt, Kevin Ranker and Jamie Pedersen plan to introduce the bill during the 2015 legislative session, which begins in January.

"We're not really addressing the insurance issue in this, but we are addressing the issue of discrimination against women," said Keiser, who is from Kent. "The Hobby Lobby decision affects one class of people, one group, and all of them have female as their gender."

"Companies don't have to offer health insurance at all, but if they do they cannot discriminate," Keiser said.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that it closely held companies can't be required to pay for various forms of contraception if they object for religious reasons. Such a requirement would violate the corporations' religious freedom, the court majority said. 
The decision marked the first time the high court had declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law, the Associated Press reported.

In Washington state, the Democrats working on the legislation are aiming to make the Hobby Lobby decision an issue in the November election.

In a press release Thursday, the senators emphasized that their bill will go nowhere next year if Democrats are unable to take control of the state Senate this fall. They cited how Republican senators blocked action last year on a bill that would have required insurers that cover maternity care to also cover abortion.

"... If (state Senate) Republicans such as Andy Hill, Mark Miloscia and Steve O'Ban are elected or re-elected this year, it is unlikely that any progress on ensuring individual reproductive choices will be achieved," according to the Democrats' press release.

Democrats need to pick up two seats this fall to gain control of the state Senate, which is controlled by a mostly Republican majority.

O'Ban, who is locked in a competitive Senate race with Democratic state Rep. Tami Green, said Thursday that voters in his district aren't concerned about birth control and the Hobby Lobby decision.

"They may want to make it an issue, but it's not an issue for the voters of the 28th district," said O'Ban, who is from University Place.

O'Ban said that his caucus has been focused on "the issues that voters really care about."

"That is education, job growth and helping government live within its means," O'Ban said.
The Supreme Court ruling is clear: even if this idiocy passed, it would be thrown out.

That this bill is unconstitutional, of course, doesn't matter to these fringe-left nutters.  They want what they want.

But this kind of stupidity is a huge mistake on their part: they can't run on the issues so they're forced to make one up... one that ultimately, they cannot win.

This kind of idiocy turns them into a laughing stock.  They may as well try and run  a bill that violates the First Amendment....

Oh, yeah: that's what this is.
 

1 comment:

Lew Waters said...

Typical Democrat blustering before an election to gain a few votes.

Then, once elected, blame it on Republicans when it doesn't pass.