'Moral objection' health bill advances in Michigan

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A bill advanced by a Michigan Senate committee would allow health care providers could use a "moral objection" or "matter of conscience" standard to refuse service to patients.

The Detroit Free Press and MLive.com report the legislation was passed Thursday in the Senate Health Policy Committee. The legislation is expected to get consideration by the full Senate after lawmakers return next month from a break.

It's the same proposal that passed the Senate during December's lame-duck session, but it didn't get a vote in the House last year.

State law allows hospitals, doctors and other medical professionals to assert objections to performing abortions on grounds of conscience or religion. The current proposal would allow employers and health insurance providers to decline offering other services and medications.


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