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Cathleen Kaveny and Patrick Deneen on Catholic Human Rights Discourse and the HHS Mandate

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Published on Nov 5, 2012

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September 21, 2012 | This panel is part of Contraception and Conscience: A Symposium on Religious Liberty, Women's Health, and the HHS Rule on Provision of Birth Control Coverage for Employees, a conference examining the legal, theological, health, equality, and ethical issues relating to the recent Rule promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on "Coverage of Preventive Services Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

The symposium brought together legal, religious, and cultural scholars and practitioners for a day-long conversation about the increasingly contentious public debate surrounding the HHS Rule requiring employers to subsidize preventive health services for employees, the religious accommodations in the HHS rule, and the lawsuits filed by religious objectors challenging the rule.

Does the HHS Rule put religious employers to an untenable choice between obeying the law and honoring religious obligations, and if so, how? Does it require individuals or entities to "cooperate with evil" in a manner that their faith forbids? Does compliance with the law prevent them from "bearing witness" to their faith or create "scandal" by conveying endorsement of activities to which the employer morally objects?

Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame
Cathleen Kaveny, University of Notre Dame
Michael Kessler, Georgetown University
John Langan, S.J. Georgetown University
Robert Tuttle, George Washington University School of Law

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