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News Releases

Welcome His Holiness Pope Francis

Michigan Catholic Conference President and CEO Paul A. Long made the following statement today following the election of Pope Francis as the 266th successor of St. Peter: "With a profound sense of happiness and joy, Michigan Catholic Conference welcomes the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as His Holiness Pope Francis. We pause to celebrate and give thanks for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit that worked throughout the papal conclave. We offer our prayers that Pope Francis will guide the Church with love toward universal peace and salvation, and that the Holy Spirit will continue to inspire all elected officials to promote the common good for all people." Read more…

MCC Announces 2013-2014 Advocacy Priorities

Religious Liberty & Abortion Coverage Limitations Highlight MCC’s Agenda

Policies that protect the ability for faith based organizations to serve the general public in that organization’s faith tradition should be recognized by state law Michigan Catholic Conference stated today in announcing its advocacy priorities for the 2013-14 legislative session. Michigan Catholic Conference’s advocacy agenda was approved in December by its Board of Directors and is being released this week through FOCUS, a periodic publication distributed to all Catholic parishes, schools, institutions and other locations and individuals across the state. The Conference’s advocacy agenda falls into eight categories and is developed from a concern and interest for policies that impact the common good and moral fiber of the State of Michigan. Read more…

Gov. Snyder Signs Abortion Facility Licensing Bill into Law

Today is a memorable day for abortion policy in the State of Michigan," Michigan Catholic Conference stated today as Governor Snyder signed into law abortion clinic licensing policies while legislation to restructure Blue Cross Blue Shield was vetoed due to abortion provisions. The Conference is applauding the Governor's position that House Bill 5711 will work to better protect the health and safety of women in Michigan. Read more…

Senate Acts to Protect Dignity of Women With Abortion Industry Reforms

Today, Michigan Catholic Conference recognized the State Senate for approving legislation that places the dignity of women above the interests of the abortion industry. House Bill 5711, which passed the House of Representatives in June with bipartisan support, would license and allow for state health officials to inspect all of the 32 abortion clinics in Michigan, 28 of which are currently not licensed and most have rarely, if ever been inspected. The legislation must be concurred by the House before going to Governor Snyder for his signature. Read more…

Senate Votes to Create "Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act"

Today the Michigan Senate passed 26-12 Senate Bill 975, which creates a statewide act that protects the religious liberty and conscience rights of health care providers and payers. Under the legislation, a health care worker who has a policy in place with their employer could assert conscience rights pertaining to an objectionable service, but not in an emergency situation or based on the patient's status. The bill would also protect faith-based employers from being forced to provide or pay for a benefit that violates that organization's religious principles. Read more…

MCC Urging Michigan House to Pass Conscience Rights for Adoption Agencies

This morning the House Families, Children and Seniors committee passed House Bills 5763 and 5764, and Michigan Catholic Conference is now urging the full House of Representatives to pass the bills. The legislation would provide conscience protections to faith based adoption and foster care child placement agencies that have come under attack nationwide due to their religious teachings. Read more…

Polling Shows Statewide Support for Abortion Clinic Licensing

85 Percent of Respondents Want Facilities Clean and Safe

A legislative measure that would allow state health officials to license and inspect every abortion clinic in the state has received overwhelming statewide support according to a poll recently commissioned by Michigan Catholic Conference. Currently, only four of 32 abortion clinics in Michigan are licensed, which means 28 of those facilities remain unlicensed and thereby rarely, if ever inspected by state officials for basic health and safety requirements. The policy is included in House Bill 5711 which could soon be addressed by the full Senate during the legislative “lame-duck” session. Read more…

MCC Calls on Legislature to Adopt Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act

Measure Strikes Balance Between Conscience Rights and Employer Needs

Individuals and providers in the health care profession must not be forced to pay for or provide services that violate their religious beliefs, Michigan Catholic Conference stated today in support of Senate Bill 975, the “Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act.” Sponsored by Senator John Moolenaar (R-Midland), SB 975, which passed the Senate Health Policy Committee this afternoon 6–1, protects the religious liberty rights of health care institutions and individuals while at the same time provides flexibility for employers to meet their health care needs. Read more…

MCC Urges Conscience Rights for Faith Based Child Placement Agencies

Faith based adoption and foster care agencies must be able to operate according to their faith tradition without administrative, judicial or legislative interference, Michigan Catholic Conference testified before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee today in support of House Bills 5763 and 5764. The legislation has become increasingly important as across the country numerous Catholic Charities agencies, which for decades have provided social services for poor and neglected children, are being forced to close their doors following judicial ruling or discriminatory legislation that mandates the agency to operate outside its religious tenets. Read more…

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