LANSING, Mich. – The state House has voted to protect health care workers and insurers from being fired or sued for refusing to perform a procedure, fill a prescription or cover treatment for something they object to for moral, ethical or religious reasons.
The law would apply to doctors or nurses who decline to perform or assist with abortions and to pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for morning-after pills.
The Republican-controlled House overwhelmingly approved the four-bill package as dozens of Catholics looked on from the balcony.
The Michigan Catholic Conference, which pushed for the bills, hosted a legislative day for Catholics on Wednesday at the state Capitol. The Catholic Church opposes abortion and birth control.
The bills now go the Senate, which also is controlled by Republicans.
The main bill in the package would create the Conscientious Objector Policy Act. It would allow +health+ care providers to assert an objection within 24 hours of when they receive notice of a procedure with which they do not agree. However, it would prohibit emergency treatment to be refused.
…The bill does not allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control.
So I guess some consciences are protected and others are not. If you are a faithful Catholic or one of the Protestants who also believe in the immorality of birth control then you are just out of luck. This caveat in the bill is just plain ridiculous. The morning after pill is really just a stronger dose of the normal birth control pill. This pill and the regular birth control pill both can stop implantation in the womb of a human person resulting in the starvation death of that child. If you are going to have a conscience clause and then dictate what consciences are allowed you have created a law that is ethically challenged and is in fact prejudiced and treats one religious belief as valid and another one as not. Of course this bill still has to go through Governor Jennifer Granholm, a Catholic that has vetoed anything that restricts abortion.