May 7, 2005

Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House. The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds. The Republican dominated House passed the measure as dozens of Catholics looked on from the gallery. The Michigan Catholic Conference, which pushed for the bills, hosted a legislative day for Catholics on Wednesday at the state Capitol.

How can a doctor refuse to treat a person on moral grounds?

Update- The corresponding bill in 2005, HB 4741, appears to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation: here

HB 4741 also has not been passed by the house; it has merely been introduced and referred to committee. Instead of a bill to legalize the denial of health care to homosexuals, HB 4741 it appears designed to protect those who would deny abortion and contraceptives to patients.

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