This is an email I received from MoveOn.

Dear Washington MoveOn member,

I’m Charles Bean, a MoveOn member in Monroe, Washington, and I started a petition to the Washington Legislature and Governor Jay Inslee, which says:

Pass Washington law to prohibit religious organizations and businesses from denying legal health care services based on their religious ideologies.

As more secular hospitals merge with religiously affiliated ones, nearly 50% of Washington hospital beds are now controlled by Catholic health systems.

The Catholic Church prohibits contraceptive counseling and contraceptive methods including condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, vasectomies, and tubal ligations. Catholicism also prohibits fertility assistance, abortion, and end-of-life “death with dignity.” All of these practices and procedures are legal in Washington.

Non-Catholics and Catholics alike increasingly find themselves in situations in which the only health care available is subject to these restrictions dictated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Washington Legislature and Gov. Inslee: Keep religious ideology out of our health care.

Washington has the highest percentage of hospital beds controlled by religiously affiliated health systems in the U.S.—and that percentage is continuing to increase, going from 26% in 2010 to 45% today.

Some business owners refuse to include certain legal health care services in their company’s health insurance plans. Some pharmacy owners refuse to dispense certain legal contraception products. Some health care providers continue to discriminate against LGBT families.

It’s time to say, “Stop!” We believe that in medical care, the patient’s rights must come first for all residents of our state. Let’s tell our legislators to prohibit religious organizations and businesses from denying their clients legal health care services.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Charles Bean