December 5,2105 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 6, Accounting for and Accommodating Patients’ Religious Beliefs
- Thaddeus Pope, Hamline University School of Law - Brain Death Rejected: Expanding Clinicians' Legal Duties to Accommodate Religious Objections and Continue Physiological Support
- Teneille R. Brown, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah - Accommodating Miracles
- Jonathan Will, Mississippi College School of Law - Religion as a Controlling Interference that Prevents Autonomous Choice in Medical Decision Making by Minors Attempting to Utilize the Common Law Mature Minor Doctrine
- Stacey A. Tovino, University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law - The Relationship Between Health Care and Religion in the HIPAA Privacy Rule
- Moderator: Robert D. Truog, Professor, Harvard Medical School and Director, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School
This event was supported by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
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