Thursday, February 23, 2012

McKenna Loses Stormans Conscience Case

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US District Judge Ronald Leighton ruled yesterday that the State of Washington does not have the right to force pharmacies---specifically the Stormans family pharmacy in Olympia, to sell abortion pills, (Planned Parenthood calls them Plan B pills) which would violate their pro-life beliefs.

The case has been in process for several years, costing the Stormans family over $500,000 in defense of their right to express their deeply held pro-life beliefs in their own pharmacy.

McKenna argued for 11 days that the state did have the right to force the Stormans to sell the abortion pills because they had to "provide timely access to medicines for people who need them."

That of course, is Planned Parenthood's line.

Judge Leighton didn't buy McKenna's argument and ruled "No," the state's true goal was to suppress religious objection by druggists. Not to promote timely access.

Elaine Rose, who is associated with Planned Parenthood and shared in McKenna's loss said, "Really this is a blow to access for all patients."

Not really. It's a blow to the pro-abortion industry, their defenders and those who enable them.

The Associated Press published a story on this ruling yesterday afternoon with more detail, however, they failed to include a very important statement by Judge Leighton. The Judge said in his ruling, "The question of life and death is serious. It's not facial hair. It's not a burqa. I do not know when life begins, but I will not denigrate somebody's view of when life begins."

There are obviously those who will. Or at least try.

I know, the "moderates" will be sending me email saying Mr. McKenna was only doing his job. Yeah, maybe.

But now that this ruling has been made, what will Attorney General McKenna do? He has unlimited state funds to pursue this attack on conscience. Will he do it?

If so, what will the Stormans family do? Will this ultimately put them out of business? Break their back.

Can they squeeze another $500,000 out of their small family business?

Will Mr. McKenna let it go and leave the Stormans alone? Would Planned Parenthood stand for that?

Or will he pursue this all the way to the Supreme Court?

We'll watch and see what happens.

One thing is certain. The Stormans family are good people who deeply believe in the sanctity of life. They deserve the right to practice their faith in their own pharmacy and should not have to spend another half million dollars defending that right.

If you live in the general area of Olympia or are traveling through, stop by their Thriftway store and pharmacy and spend some money.

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Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.


  1. This is truly good news. God bless the Stormans and their faithfulness.

    Craig in Lacey

  2. Wow. The factual inaccuracies in this "article" are stunning! "McKenna argued for 11 days"? Really?

  3. anon. 4:19 You are attacking Gary and apparently have not read the link or the news stories. The trial went 11 days. McKenna's team was in court every day. Really.

  4. Really? What news story says McKenna was present in the courtroom to argue this case, even once?

  5. But this article doesn't say "McKenna's team" argued for 11 days; it says McKenna did. McKenna isn't even listed as an attorney of record in court documents, although the list of attorneys is quite extensive. To characterize this case as "McKenna's" is quite erroneous. The manly thing would be to apologize for the error -- set a fine example by taking some personal responsibility!

  6. Hazel, you are parsing words. Mr. McKenna was elected to be the Attorney General of Washingtpon State. He is not every where all the time, but is responsible for the legal process as it relates to the state everywhere all the time. McKenna's team is McKenna. Last year he won an award for the depositions taken during the Referendum 71 petition names litigation. Did he take all the depositions? No. Was he responsible for all the depositions? Yes. That's why he was given the award by the lawyers association or some such organization. If you think Rob McKenna isn't responsible for all legal proceedings, you are fooling yourself. In that sense he is always in the room. Pro-life people who think he is on their side are mistaken.

  7. I see. So, your claim is that Perkins Coie, Legal Voice, the ACLU, Riddell Williams, Keller Rohrback, Stoel Rives, and the other attorneys of record in this case who argued on behalf of the Department of Health and the Intervenor Defendants were all directed by McKenna?

  8. "In that sense he is always in the room." Oh my. Isn't it just easier to admit you made a mistake?

    1. Apparently, it's not. Apparently, "taking personal responsibility" is for women who have sex without wishing to procreate, but it doesn't apply to men who pontificate ignorantly. This guy is never going to admit he was wrong.

  9. Hazel. McKenna was elected to represent the state. Are you suggesting he is not doing his job? If he isn't, who is?

  10. Are we now claiming that Attroney General McKenna is not responsible for the law suit against the Stormans, but it is really Perkins Coie, Legal Voice, the ACLU, Ridddle Williams and others of record who have joined his suit?
    Let's try to remember who filed th esuit in the first place and who is being paid to adjudicate it.

  11. Pastor in Seattle, why don't you help us out and remind us who filed the suit in the first place. Who was it?

  12. Faith andFreedom staff10:23 AM, June 16, 2012

    To "You must be rejoicing" post: You included a link. We do not allow links in posts. You are welcome to re-submit without the link.

  13. You must be rejoicing that the FDA has changed its description of Plan B! It is no longer believed to interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg, meaning it is not an abortifacient drug. It prevents abortions, it doesn't cause them. Too bad the Stormans spent so much money tilting at windmills.


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