‘I Can’t Treat That, ‘Cause Religious Freedom’

By |2015-03-12T09:00:00-04:00March 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|

That might be what you hear from medical providers if legislation introduced last week in the state House gets approved. House Bill 4309 of 2015 was introduced by Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, with sponsorship by Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, and Todd Courser, R-Lapeer — the unholy tea party trinity.
“A health facility may assert as a matter of conscience an objection to participating in a health care service and may decline to participate in a health care service that violates its conscience pursuant to this section,” the legislation reads.
The shorter version — “my beliefs trump your right to live.”
This legislation was introduced on March 5 as protesters from across the state were rallying on the back steps of the Capitol to oppose similar legislation. That legislation would allow state funded adoption agencies to refuse to adopt to otherwise qualified adoptive parents because of the agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs. A broader “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” was entered into the record in January. It was the fourth bill introduced by the Senate.

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