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Issue Position: Religious Liberty/Conscience

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This is the heart of our republic and our state.

"No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority. It has not left the religion of its citizens under the power of its public functionaries…" Thomas Jefferson (Reply to Address to New London Methodists, 1809)

"Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion…" Article I, Section 11, Washington State Constitution

I authored and supported conscience (legislation) for health care providers and pharmacists so they may continue to freely exercise their religious beliefs without fear. No one should be forced to choose between their career and their conviction.


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