December 5 ,2015 Religion and medicine have historically gone hand in hand, but increasingly have come into conflict in the U.S. as health care has become both more secular and more heavily regulated. Law has a dual role here, simultaneously generating conflict between religion and health care, for example through new coverage mandates or legally permissible medical interventions that violate religious norms, while also acting as a tool for religious accommodation and protection of conscience.
This conference: (1) identified various ways in which law intersects with religion and health care in the United States; (2) examined the role of law in creating or mediating conflict between religion and health care; and (3) explored potential legal solutions to allow religion and health care to simultaneously flourish in a culturally diverse nation.
Panel 1, Opening the Conversation: Testing the Scope of Legal Protections for Religion in the Health Care Context:
- Leslie C. Griffin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law - What Would American Health Care Look Like if it Respected the Religion Clauses? How Would the Religion Clauses be Interpreted If They Valued American Health Care?
- Samuel J. Levine, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center - A Critique of Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court’s Hands-Off Approach to Religion
- Moderator: I. Glenn Cohen, Professor, Harvard Law School and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center
This event was supported by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
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