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 9, When Religion Intersects with Mental, Public, and Environmental Health
- Michele Goodwin, University of California, Irvine School of Law - Race, Religion, and AIDS
- Abbas Rattani, Meharry Medical College School of Medicine - Religious Delusion, Decision-Making Capacity, and Culpability: Understanding Subjective Mental Illness Diagnoses in the Context of the Insanity Defense and Religious Freedom
- Aileen Maria Marty, Florida International University College of Medicine, Elena Maria Marty-Nelson, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, and Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod, Florida International University College of Law - The Intersection of Law, Religion, and Infectious Disease on the Handling and Disposition of Human Remains
- Jay D. Wexler, Boston University School of Law - When Religion Pollutes: How Should the Law Respond to Religious Beliefs and Practices That Harm the Environment and Risk the Public’s Health?
- Moderator: Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School
This event was supported by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
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