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Published on Oct 1, 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.
How and why did this particular issue engender such concern and controversy? What are the historical antecedents? What does it tell us about how religious communities and institutions (especially those involved in provision of education and social services) can and should navigate rapidly changing norms in the public square? What are the implications of this debate for preventive health services? For women's equality in the workplace and elsewhere in public life? What are the ethical implications for physicians and other health-care providers?
Gregg Bloche, Georgetown University Law Center Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University Eduardo Peñalver, Cornell University Law School Robin West, Georgetown University Law Center Robin Fretwell Wilson, Washington & Lee University School of Law
The conference was co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. It was made possible through a grant from the Ford Foundation.