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                 The Secular Coalition for Washington

Email:  washington@secular.org

Despite the fact that there are tens of millions of nontheistic Americans, we remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country.  The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state levelWe need your help to see real change in Olympia and across Washington.  

The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country. Our chapters will bring together secular Americans in each state to influence government officials, legislation, and regulations. A Secular Coalition for America state chapter is unlike any other nontheistic state organization—it brings together interested organizations and individuals for the exclusive purpose of lobbying government officials.

Our Statement at Certificate of Need Hearing November 26 2013

Secular Coalition for Washington was in attendance at the Department of Health’s 11/26/13 hearing regarding proposed changes to the Certificate of Need process and related rules.  We testified at the hearing and submitted our position statement in writing (see attached file to read our statement.)  The proposed changes by the DOH are in response to the rapid increase in secular and religious hospital mergers across our state and the subsequent loss of, and access to, common and legal medical services in our state such as abortion, physician-assisted suicide, contraception, etc.  Changes wou Read more about Our Statement at Certificate of Need Hearing November 26 2013

PDF of Interview with Monica Harrington re: Catholic Hospital Expansions

Below is a link for a PDF copy of the interview by SCA WA Chapter officers of Monica Harrington, as posted elsewhere in this website. Read more about PDF of Interview with Monica Harrington re: Catholic Hospital Expansions

Impact of Catholic Hospitals Acquiring Secular Ones

SCA WA Chapter officers interview on Nov. 19, 2013, with Monica Harrington, co-chair of Washington Women for Choice and site editor, CatholicWatch.org, an advocacy and watchdog site dedicated to increasing awareness about the dangers inherent when religious doctrine controls health care systems decision making.

What's the crux of the problem? Read more about Impact of Catholic Hospitals Acquiring Secular Ones

Religious Discrimination Bill Introduced in Olympia

A powerful Washington state senator wants to change state law to permit businesses openly to discriminate against customers based upon their religion's dogma.  State Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, Chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, has drafted legislation that would prevent the state from impeding citizens’ “ability to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by one’s seriously held religious belief.”  The broadly worded legislation allows persons claiming to be exercising their religion to sue officials and trump laws that interfere with their religious practices. Read more about Religious Discrimination Bill Introduced in Olympia

Catholic Hospital Expansions Limiting Available Care

I ARTICLES, II WEBSITES, AND III PDFs

ON SECULAR/SECTARIAN HOSPITAL MERGERS IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Compiled by Paula Fraser fraserp44@yahoo.com

 

I    ARTICLES RELATED TO HOSPITAL MERGERS: Read more about Catholic Hospital Expansions Limiting Available Care

Impact of Catholic Hospitals Acquiring Secular Ones

SCA WA Chapter officers interview on Nov. 19, 2013, with Monica Harrington, co-chair of Washington Women for Choice and site editor, CatholicWatch.org, an advocacy and watchdog site dedicated to increasing awareness about the dangers inherent when religious doctrine controls health care systems decision making.

What's the crux of the problem? Read more about Impact of Catholic Hospitals Acquiring Secular Ones

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Our Statement at Certificate of Need Hearing November 26 2013

Secular Coalition for Washington was in attendance at the Department of Health’s 11/26/13 hearing regarding proposed changes to the Certificate of Need process and related rules.  We testified at the hearing and submitted our position statement in writing (see attached file to read our statement.)  The proposed changes by the DOH are in response to the rapid increase in secular and religious hospital mergers across our state and the subsequent loss of, and access to, common and legal medical services in our state such as abortion, physician-assisted suicide, contraception, etc.  Changes wou Read more about Our Statement at Certificate of Need Hearing November 26 2013

PDF of Interview with Monica Harrington re: Catholic Hospital Expansions

Below is a link for a PDF copy of the interview by SCA WA Chapter officers of Monica Harrington, as posted elsewhere in this website. Read more about PDF of Interview with Monica Harrington re: Catholic Hospital Expansions

Religious Discrimination Bill Introduced in Olympia

A powerful Washington state senator wants to change state law to permit businesses openly to discriminate against customers based upon their religion's dogma.  State Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, Chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, has drafted legislation that would prevent the state from impeding citizens’ “ability to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by one’s seriously held religious belief.”  The broadly worded legislation allows persons claiming to be exercising their religion to sue officials and trump laws that interfere with their religious practices. Read more about Religious Discrimination Bill Introduced in Olympia

Catholic Hospital Expansions Limiting Available Care

I ARTICLES, II WEBSITES, AND III PDFs

ON SECULAR/SECTARIAN HOSPITAL MERGERS IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Compiled by Paula Fraser fraserp44@yahoo.com

 

I    ARTICLES RELATED TO HOSPITAL MERGERS: Read more about Catholic Hospital Expansions Limiting Available Care

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