When Jay and Sandy Smith heard that their home state of Washington might force their church, Cedar Park, to pay for abortions—they took it personally.
Washington passed State Senate Bill 6219 in early 2018, which requires health plans in the state to cover abortions. There are no exceptions for churches.
This means Cedar Park, which employs approximately 185 people, would be forced to include abortions in its employee’s health plans. This was unthinkable to Jay and Sandy.
After all, Cedar Park is dedicated to building a culture of life and does so actively through several pro-life ministries. This includes partnering with a local pregnancy center and foster care providers, hosting an annual camp for children in foster care, hosting an annual service to pray for couples struggling with infertility, and co-founding an adoption agency for frozen embryos remaining after in vitro fertilization.
“We’re 100% when it comes to life,” Jay says. “We’re all in. And that’s why we’re walking down this road.”
Jay and Sandy decided to challenge this law in court.
This is a personal battle. Not only do Jay and Sandy serve their community through their pro-life service—they have experienced a challenging situation where they chose life for their own child.
Read more about Jay and Sandy’s story in the November edition of Faith & Justice.
Also, in this edition of Faith and Justice…
- Harris Funeral Homes goes to the United States Supreme Court.
- A growing free speech issue in Europe that could serve as a warning for the United States.
- A French language teacher explains how he was fired for exercising his freedom of speech.
- Two former U.S. Attorneys General share their Supreme Court predictions.
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