July 7, 2014
By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District
I was relieved to hear that the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in favor of employers with religious objections being able to opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.
One of America’s founding principles is religious liberty, rooted in the belief that the government does not have the power infringe upon your religious convictions.
I applaud the Supreme Court for their decision, and standing up for protecting constitutional religious rights in America by ensuring that health care providers are not forced to do or buy something that is against their personal religious beliefs.
Obamacare has been imposing a mandate on employers and religious institutions to buy insurance benefits that violate their beliefs.
That's why I was in support of legislation that will help protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Michigan families while ensuring people can still receive quality health care when necessary.
Last year I co-sponsored Senate Bill 136, which establishes the Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act in Michigan. The bill allows an individual or health care entity to assert a conscientious objection to a specific health care service without fear of repercussion. Discrimination is prohibited, and appropriate safeguards would protect people in emergency situations.
Every day I will continue to fight for real health care reform that gives Americans more health care choices and protects their rights.
As always, please feel free to email my office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or dial toll-free at
855-JOE-HUNE and my staff will be happy to assist you.
Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture and Insurance Committees. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.