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Subject:The FAGHAG is RIPPED
Time:12:45 am
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I'm so pissed. What the fuck is going on in Michigan. Everything around here is full of homophobic assholes. I read an article today...this bill called the Conscientious Objector Policy Act gives the rights to any doctor to  REFUSE health care to any homosexual. It has passed the house and is moving on to the senate.  Any good Doctor will stick to their Democratic Oath and give ethe care.
At the end of the article attached is a number and a website to visit to try to help veto or encourage a vote against this Act. Don't let anyone suffer.

House bill gives health care workers conscientious objector status Providers could refuse to treat LGBT patients By D'Anne Witkowski Originally printed 4/29/04 (Issue 1218 ) LANSING - The Michigan House passed four bills on April 21 that could negatively impact health care for LGBT people in the state. The bills were passed by a vote of 69 to 35 in the Republican controlled House. They now head to the Senate, which is also held by a Republican majority. The main bill, House Bill 5006, is termed the Conscientious Objector Policy Act. It allows health care providers to opt out of health care services based on their "ethical, moral, or religious belief system." "That's not defined in the statues and it can be interpreted very broadly," said Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan's LGBT legal project. "None of this is based on medical ethics. It's based on someone's privately held beliefs." According to Donald Hitchcock, National Field Director for the National Coalition for LGBT Health, allowing medical providers to opt out of procedures that are against their ethical, moral, or religious beliefs is not new. "The classic case is to not make someone provide abortions who morally objects to abortions but can meet all other requirements of a job," he said. "That same nurse cannot, however, refuse to care for a patient that she knows had an abortion. This is what would be new, if the Michigan bill is accurately represented. It would allow one to not just opt out of certain procedures but also opt out of treating people who offend one's religious, moral, or ethical principles. LGBT people are not the only ones who could suffer if that became law." He said it is important to understand the distinction between procedures and people when considering the impact of this bill. The bill was pushed by the Michigan Catholic Council, which objects to abortion and birth control. Although the bill says health care providers cannot refuse to provide birth control, it does not exempt emergency contraception. In an April 22 statement on their web site, the Michigan Catholic Conference said, "Religious freedom was defended April 21 as the House of Representatives passed legislation that protects a health care right of conscience for institutional and individual health care providers. The Michigan Catholic Conference believes that such providers can and should maintain their mission of providing critically needed services without compromising faith-based teaching." In order to opt out on moral and religious grounds, a health care provider must put his or her objections in writing at least 24 hours before the health practice deemed objectionable is scheduled to occur. The conscientious objector status does not apply in the case of public health emergencies or when a patient needs immediate care and there is no other provider available at the time. A health care provider is also not allowed to object to treating any group of patients who are covered under the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights act. They also cannot exclude specific diseases or medical conditions. Since LGBT people are not covered by the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights act, some LGBT leaders believe this could allow health care providers to refuse to treat LGBT people. In a press release, Kathleen DeBold, executive director of the Mautner Project for Lesbian Health said the passage of the bill sent a frightening and inhumane message to medical practitioners throughout the state. "By codifying discrimination in healthcare, this measure not only tramples the Hippocratic Oath that each physician is sworn to uphold, it puts this medically underserved population at even greater risk of serious illness - and worse," she said. "Denying health care coverage to any segment of the nation's population is a very dangerous precedent to set, and I hope that members of the Michigan Senate see this legislation for what it is - discrimination, dangerous and morally repugnant." Laura Kane-Witkowski, Health Services Coordinator at Affirmations Lesbian & Gay Community Center, said she fears this bill could set back the progress she has seen in the medical community regarding LGBT health issues. "The health care field in general is starting to slowly make some progress as far as being concerned about LGBT sensitivity issues," she said. "My big concern is that this bill is going to be a one way ticket to saying, 'Well, I don't have to care about that any more. That's not something my staff has to spend any time on because we don't have to do it.' It's so much easier to say, 'I don't feel comfortable with this and I don't morally want to treat gay people.' It takes a lot more effort and work to set that aside and treat people as people first." According to Kaplan, this bill is a threat to the medical health and safety of Michigan citizens. "The way it would work is health care providers could refuse to provide certain services for LGBT patients," he said. He gave several examples of services that might be denied to LGBT people including safer sex counseling for HIV/AIDS prevention, artificial insemination or fertility treatment, and hormone therapy or sexual reassignment surgery. Kaplan also pointed out that patients don't have to be given a referral should treatment or care be denied. "It allows health care entities to refuse to provide information about health care alternatives," he said. "You're talking about access to basic medical care and when you create these exceptions you're obstructing a patient's access to medical care and you're also preventing them from making their own heath care decisions." Abortion was the bill's original target, Kaplan believes. "It's really part of the right to life movement. But certainly a part of this is because gays and lesbians aren't covered under the Elliot-Larsen act, they're also fair game to be refused medical services," he said. "It's pushing a narrow agenda that really endangers peoples' health and their lives." Openly gay Representative Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor) shares Kaplan's concerns. "I have no insight into someone's intentions, but regardless of whether they intended it or not, if left as written it poses a major problem for gay and lesbian people seeking health care," he said. He added that LGBT people in rural areas are at an increased risk since they have fewer health care options. Kolb said the bill put a health care provider's concerns over a patient's needs. "The bill on a whole is just not, I believe, good public policy," he said. "I am hoping that the bill will die and it if it doesn't die they need to address this glaring omission." Republicans for: (61) Acciavatti, Amos, Bradstreet, Brandenburg, Casperson, Caswell, Caul, DeRoche, Drolet, Ehardt, Emmons, Farhat, Gaffney, Garfield, Hager, Hart, Hoogendyk, Howell, Huizenga, Hummel, Hune, Rick Johnson, Ruth Johnson, Julian, Koetje, Kooiman, LaJoy, LaSata, Meyer, Middaugh, Milosch, Moolenaar, Mortimer, Newell, Nitz, Nofs, Palmer, Palsrok, Pappageorge, Pastor, Pumford, Richardville, Robertson, Rocca, Shackleton, Shaffer, Sheen, Shulman, Stahl, Stakoe, Steil, Stewart, Tabor, Taub, VanderVeen, VanRegenmorter, Voorhees, Walker, Ward, Wenke, Woronchak Democrats for: (11) Bieda, Brown, Condino, Gillard, Gleason, O'Neil, Rivet, Sak, Sheltrown, Spade, Wojno. Democrats against: (32) Accavitti, Adamini, Anderson, Byrum, Clack, Dennis, Elkins, Farrah, Gieleghem, Hardman, Hood, Hopgood, Hunter, Jamnick, Kolb, Law, Lipsey, McConico, Meisner, Minore, Murphy, Phillips, Plakas, Reeves, Smith, Tobocman, Vagnozzi, Waters, Whitmer, Williams, Woodward, Zelenko. Two Republicans (Bisbee and DeRossettdid) and three Democrats (Cheeks, Daniels, and Stallworth) did not vote. Action alert: House Bill 5006, the Conscientious Objector Policy Act, is now headed to the Senate for a vote. It is essential that you contact your Senator and urge them to vote against this bill. You should also contact Governor Granholm's office and urge her to veto this bill should it pass. To find your Senator call 517-373-2400 or visit http://senate.michigan.gov. You can contact Governor Jennifer Granholm's office by mail at P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or by calling 517-373-3400 or faxing 517-335-6863.
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Time:2004-05-05 02:27 am (UTC)
Actually, this has been very thoroughly reported in several communities since I made the initial post here on April 22nd. If you would like to see how an actual medical student is reaction, check out my post here on the 30th.
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