Michigan bill would let agencies refuse adoption for religious, moral beliefs - New York News

Michigan bill would let agencies refuse adoption for religious, moral beliefs

Updated:

By: Lois M. Collins, WorldNow

A bill before the Michigan legislature would allow adoption agencies to turn away would-be parents based on religious or moral beliefs. A similar bill to allow physicians and hospitals to refuse medical treatment based on religious beliefs or moral objections is being considered, as well.

As USA Today explained, "The bill has been touted as supporting 'religious freedom' of adoption agencies to refuse to assist, counsel, recommend or facilitate an adoption 'that violates its written religious or moral convictions or policies,' according to an analysis of the bill."

Critics, it said, consider the bill "state-sanctioned discrimination."

Michigan law already allows doctors and hospitals not to perform abortions if doing so would raise a religious or moral objection.

The American Bar Association told Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray that two states, Virginia and North Dakota, have enacted laws similar to the Michigan proposal.

MLive's Brian Smith said the bills on Wednesday morning received what would likely be several discussions as sponsors appeared before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.

"Committee chairman Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-Coldwater), who is the lead sponsor of House Bill 4927, testified along with HB 4928 sponsor Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Township) in support of the bills," Smith wrote. "LaFontaine said the bills write into statute policies the state's Department of Human Services already have in place which allow faith-based adoption agencies receiving state funds to decline to place a child if the placement would violate the agency's religious beliefs."

ACLU legislative liaison Shelli Weisberg told USA Today that the bill was so broad that discrimination could occur for almost any reason. "We see some version of this bill every year. It tries to write into Michigan law the right to discriminate based on religion or many other things. We don't argue that faith-based agencies have their own rules, but they shouldn't be able to discriminate if they receive state money."

The state would be barred under the adoption proposal from pulling taxpayer funds from agencies because they didn't choose to allow certain adoptions, based on their moral or religious beliefs.

Legislators told Smith that amendments to the bills are being discussed. One would create a procedure so that agencies who objected to a particular adoption would be able to suggest another agency to the adoptive parents.

In October, a district court is set to hear a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage and adoptions, enacted in 2004.

"Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer and three adopted children live under one roof in Hazel Park. But Michigan law bars the women from jointly adopting each other's kids," according to an Associated Press article.

Bills that would allow same-sex marriage have been introduced in both Michigan's House and Senate.

More Stories

What foreign adoption bans mean for would-be parents

Adoptions on the decline, advocates blame costly, time-consuming regulations

Religious discrimination in the workplace increases with diversity


Original Post

Copyright 2013 Deseret Digital Media, Inc.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Long Island beaches reopen to bathing

    Long Island beaches reopen to bathing

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:08:19 GMT

    Health officials say six Long Island beaches that were closed for one day have reopened to bathing. The Nassau County beaches were closed Monday due to storm water runoff that could negatively impact bacterial levels. The beaches were: Laurel Hollow Beach, Morgan Beach, North Hempstead Beach Park, Sea Cliff Village Beach, Tappen Beach and Theodore Roosevelt Beach.

    Health officials say six Long Island beaches that were closed for one day have reopened to bathing. The Nassau County beaches were closed Monday due to storm water runoff that could negatively impact bacterial levels. The beaches were: Laurel Hollow Beach, Morgan Beach, North Hempstead Beach Park, Sea Cliff Village Beach, Tappen Beach and Theodore Roosevelt Beach.

  • 1 tube of Lincoln Tunnel closed after accident

    1 tube of Lincoln Tunnel closed after accident

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:02:27 GMT
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel has been closed after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says four people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel has been closed after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says four people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Dispute over reclining seat diverts flight, again

    Dispute over reclining seat diverts flight, again

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:21:27 GMT
    Delta photoDelta photo
    A Delta Air Lines flight from La Guardia Airport to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat. Delta reportedly says the flight was diverted Monday night when a woman got into an argument with a passenger behind her when the woman was trying to recline her seat while the other passenger was trying to sleep on the tray table.
    A Delta Air Lines flight from La Guardia Airport to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat. Delta reportedly says the flight was diverted Monday night when a woman got into an argument with a passenger behind her when the woman was trying to recline her seat while the other passenger was trying to sleep on the tray table.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices