Ever since the days of desegregation, the attempts to legalize du jour discrimination have been cloaked in the guise of religious liberty. Michigan’s Senate Bill 975 allows for people, especially healthcare professionals, to legally discriminate against anyone that they choose so long as they can claim religious liberty.
SB 975 passed through the Michigan Senate’s Committee on Health Policy, and allows a person to discriminate against a patient or co-worker based upon “ religious beliefs, moral convictions, or ethical principles sincerely held by an individual or entity.”
Equality Michigan is but one group calling for this bill to die in the Senate.
EQMI Director of Policy Emily Dievendorf stated that “At a time when our Governor is working to reform and improve healthcare in Michigan, extremists within his own party are choosing to waste our money by doing the opposite and finding ways to keep people from potentially life-saving health care. In complete contrast with the Hippocratic Oath, Senator Moolenaar (R – Midland) is suggesting that we empower health professionals to first do harm by using a license to discriminate to turn away a patient based on any arbitrary criteria. Denying emergency room care to a Jewish patient care over disagreements on religious text is not what they had in mind when asking professionals to pledge to the Hippocratic Oath. This reprehensible bill must be stopped before it becomes embarrassingly clear that Michigan is a state which prefers hate over compassion.”