ORDER NOW & GET 20% OFF! Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book: While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilitate religious accommodation and protection of conscience. Finding this balance is critical to addressing… Read More

Stunner On Birth Control

Kaiser Health News, October 16, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Few people were surprised last week when the Trump administration issued a rule to make it easier for some religious employers to opt out of offering no-cost prescription birth control to their female… Read More

Washington Is Latest State To Sue Trump Administration Over Contraception Mandate Rollback

Kaiser Health News, October 10, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says that the new rules violate the First Amendment by “requiring… Read More

Religion, Medicine, and Law: Can Current Conflicts Be Healed?

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, November 3, 2016, 4:30 - 6pm

2016 George W. Gay Lecture Religion, Medicine, and Law: Can Current Conflicts Be Healed? Martha Minow Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School   Thursday, November 3, 2016,… Read More

Bosses in the Bedroom

In Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper, eds.), forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press, Published online July 5, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Gregory Curfman

Abstract: This chapter uses the controversy over mandated contraceptive coverage in employer health plans as a jumping-off point to do two things: (1) evaluate the proper scope of religion in the workplace—not… Read More

Scalia’s death shakes contraception mandate, other high-profile court cases

Washington Times, February 15, 2016
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Legal analysts it’s not unusual to have different legal treatment from one area to the next. “States do things differently all the time,” said Holly Lynch, a bioethics analyst at… Read More

What Does Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law Mean For Health Care?

Health Affairs Blog, April 21, 2015
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch spoke on the impact of the Hobby Lobby decision at the Petrie-Flom Center's Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review in January 2015. In this new… Read More

Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review collaborative blogging with Health Affairs

Petrie-Flom, February 5, 2015

The Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review was a big success!  Video will be posted on our website shortly, but our presenters will be posting on their respective topics in a collaborative blog… Read More

No faith in health reform

Crain's: New York Business, November 23, 2014
by Caroline Lewis, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Under the health-care-sharing ministry model, before coverage kicks in, a household pays a monthly fee that "is matched with another's eligible medical bills," according to Christian Care Ministry's… Read More

After Hobby Lobby, ACA exceptions may become the rule

Reuters, July 15, 2014
by Interview with Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Holly Fernandez Lynch analyzes the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed by Congress, will shape the impact as much as the court… Read More

When Religious Freedom Clashes with Access to Care

NEJM, July 2, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Gregory Curfman

At the tail end of this year's Supreme Court term, religious freedom came into sharp conflict with the government's interest in providing affordable access to health care. In a consolidated opinion… Read More

Hobby Lobby stunner

Washington Times, June 30, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Holly Lynch, a health and ethics expert at Harvard Law School, said she was “not surprised in the least that contraceptives in particular were not covered directly in the ACA.” “It… Read More

Supreme Court Decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

by Supreme Court of the United States

Read the Supreme Court's decision in favor of the right of the owners of "closely-held for-profit corporations" to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception and contraceptive devices… Read More

Everything You Need to Know about the Healthcare Contraception Mandate

Shape, March 17, 2014
by Cristina Goyanes, interview with Holly Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] Starting March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing religious disputes over the contraception mandate, which requires employer health insurance coverage of contraceptive methods (without… Read More

Religious groups to back Obamacare contraceptive mandate

Washington Post, February 4, 2014
by Tom Howell, Jr. quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] In its filing, the AJC said the case presents a rare instance in which they see a clash between religious liberty and the equal rights of women. They said the government’s mandate… Read More

Too good to be true?

NBC News, February 3, 2014
by Zac Bissonnette, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] The ministries are not regulated for solvency, said I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics.… Read More

Supreme Court Position on Obamacare Birth Control Mandate a Tough Call

Washington Times, December 25, 2013
by Tom Howell, Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch

[...] "It also probably will not matter that three of the court’s justices - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan - are female, even if the case involves… Read More

Supreme Court to decide Obamacare birth control mandate

Washington Times, November 26, 2013
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch

[...] Ms. Lynch said the outcome is a particularly hard one to predict. But she thinks the court will dispense with the constitutional claims and focus more heavily on religious-freedom protection… Read More

Plan B

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Contraception Journal, October 2013
by I. Glenn Cohen, Lisa Sullivan, Eli Y. Adashi

The 8-year legal feud over access to emergency contraception between reproductive health advocates and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took multiple unexpected turns before coming to an abrupt end… Read More

Obamacare becomes test of faith for employer over birth control

The Washington Times, October 14, 2013
by Tom Howell, Jr. quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch

[...]  The battle lines are drawn, but analysts of all stripes agree the case is on the fast-track for the highest court in the land. “I think it’s a foregone conclusion the Supreme… Read More

Conflicts in Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise

MIT Press
by Holly Fernandez Lynch

This book analyzes the issues surrounding conscience clauses in the health care setting and proposes a solution that calls on the medical profession as a whole to ensure patient access, in order to avoid… Read More

Legal Briefing: Conscience Clauses and Conscientious Refusal

Journal of Clinical Ethics
by Thaddeus Mason Pope

This article gives an overview of legal developments pertaining to conscientious objection in healthcare. Read More

Conscience Clauses, Health Care Providers, and Parents

The Hastings Center
by Nancy Berlinger

This chapter outlines some key issues that arise when health care providers and parents lodge conscientious objections to certain types of medical care. Read More

Conscientious Objection in Medicine

BMJ
by Julian Savelescu

This article outlines several arguments for and against permitting conscientious objection by medical professionals. Read More

Religion, Conscience, and Controversial Clinical Practices

NEJM
by Farr A. Curlin et al.

This article summarizes a study of physicians’ views on conscientious objection in the United States.  Read More

Women’s Preventive Services Coverage and Non-Profit Religious Organizations

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

This website provides information about contraceptives coverage under the Affordable Care Act, as well as accommodations for religious employers and non-profit religious organizations.  It also links… Read More