The Michigan Senate is expected to vote soon on
a bill that would allow employers and health insurance providers to opt out of
providing any type of medical service
based on religious or moral objections. The Center for Inquiry (CFI) opposes
this measure and urges Michigan residents to contact their state
representatives and voice opposition to this measure.
CFI fully supports the free exercise of
religion, and much of our work is dedicated to protecting freedom of conscience
for religious believers and nonbelievers alike. However, Senate Bill 136 (PDF)
does not protect freedom of religion; it allows for the imposition of religion
If approved, SB 136 would put the citizens of
Michigan at risk of not having access to a range of critical medical services.
Consider just a few examples:
As the Center for Inquiry recently
argued to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, people
should not be deprived of health care coverage simply because of their employers’ religiously motivated
objections. People should have full control over their health care decisions
and ought to be able to freely exercise their rights without interference from
their particular employers.
The Michigan Senate could vote on SB 136 as
early as this week. Please contact your state senator and tell him or her to
oppose this bill and prevent employers and health insurers from dictating the
health care decisions of Michigan citizens!
Take action now!
Please Reject SB 136
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a friend of the Center for Inquiry, I am writing to ask you to oppose Senate Bill 136, which would allow employers and health insurance providers to opt out of providing any type of medical service based on religious or moral objections.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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