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New Bill would let Michigan doctors, EMTs refuse to treat gay patients

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM
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Bill would let Michigan doctors, EMTs refuse to treat gay patients

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LANSING, Mich. -- Can doctors and emergency medical technicians legally refuse to give life saving assistance to a gay person, because of their religious beliefs? That question is being debated in the Michigan legislature.

The Republican-led House has approved the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which essentially states that people do not have to perform an act that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

"For example, a Christian doctor who does not believe in a gay lifestyle would not have to treat a gay patient," CBS Detroit legal analyst Charlie Langton said. "Or perhaps, a Jewish butcher would not have to handle non-Kosher meat."

Opponents say the bill, which is modeled after a federal law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, legalizes discrimination. Critics say extreme cases may unfairly deny people basic rights.

House Speaker Jase Bolger,who sponsored the bill, said the intention is to protect people's religious beliefs from government overreach.

"The individual must show they have a sincerely held religious belief that has been substantially burdened," Bolger, a Republican, said in a statement. "This bill is not a license to discriminate; the courts have already demonstrated for decades that wild claims will not be supported."

"These bills are about the individual freedoms and rights that our country was founded on," Republican Rep. Greg MacMaster, who voted for the bill, said in a statement. "Michigan residents simply need the reassurance that they can practice their faith without the fear of being harassed or sued, or their businesses threatened by government action."

But Rep. Jeff Irwin, an Ann Arbor Democrat, warned it would "open the door to discrimination and the types of behavior that otherwise violates the laws of the state of Michigan."

He said while legislators may think the bill is about safeguarding a baker from having to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, it's "much broader." Democrats warned that government workers with sincere religious beliefs could be allowed to show bias against someone from another faith, mentioning that pharmacists could deny birth control to women.

If state senators want to act on the bill, they'll have to do it quick -- the legislative session ends next week, and the bill will die if it's not voted on, CBS Detroit reported.

At least 19 states have approved laws mirroring the federal law, which prohibits the government from imposing a substantial burden on the exercise of religion for anything other than a compelling government interest pursued in the least restrictive way, according to the Associated Press.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

EMTALA

Reading.Rainbow
by Mad Martigan on Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM


Quoting Anonymous 1:

EMTALA

Sorry?

mrsmoonbeam
by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM
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Thats a Outragous! that dumbass needs out of office If this does pass then ANY EMT or paramedic that refuses to treat someone because they are gay should loos their job and forbidden to work in their feild again. What I am sorry your bleading profusly but your gay and thats against my relgious belifes so I cant help you?.OMG this is BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS! WTF IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!
MamaKitty.
by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Oh my goodness 

TheNamelessDoll
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I just don't have any words for this. SMH

Sneaky_Banana
by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM
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Any christian doctor that would refuse to treat a gay patient isn't really a christian, in my opinion. It doesn't matter if you agree with being gay or not, denying anyone medical care simply because you don't agree with the way they live their life is cruel.
piratepixie
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM
This is just like Catholic doctors refusing to treat a woman who had an abortion or threatening abortion because they dont believe in it all over again!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

I think it's great that everyone gets a choice. If someone chooses they don't want to provide a service to someone they have that right.  Just as a clothes shop owner can ask you to leave their store & even ban you from their store. So can a dr, that's wonderful.

The problem most people will have with it is that it's a gay issue. But really why would a gay person even want to go to a dr that doesn't believe being gay is right?

Reading.Rainbow
by Mad Martigan on Dec. 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM
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Quoting Anonymous 2:

I think it's great that everyone gets a choice. If someone chooses they don't want to provide a service to someone they have that right.  Just as a clothes shop owner can ask you to leave their store & even ban you from their store. So can a dr, that's wonderful.

The problem most people will have with it is that it's a gay issue. But really why would a gay person even want to go to a dr that doesn't believe being gay is right?

Because they're calling 911...you don't get a choice of who shows up...


I think if this is going to be a new law, those people shouldn't be allowed to hold those types of jobs...

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

No I said a dr, dr's don't show up when you call 911. But thanks for trying.

Quoting Reading.Rainbow:


Quoting Anonymous 2:

I think it's great that everyone gets a choice. If someone chooses they don't want to provide a service to someone they have that right.  Just as a clothes shop owner can ask you to leave their store & even ban you from their store. So can a dr, that's wonderful.

The problem most people will have with it is that it's a gay issue. But really why would a gay person even want to go to a dr that doesn't believe being gay is right?

Because they're calling 911...you don't get a choice of who shows up...


I think if this is going to be a new law, those people shouldn't be allowed to hold those types of jobs...


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