After Hobby Lobby: What Is Caesar's, What Is God's?
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As prelude to the 2015 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, “Law, Religion, and Health in America,” this pre-conference session examined the role of religion in the American public sphere. Our expert panel discussed the nature of conscience and conscientious objection, religious freedom, and religious accommodation from philosophical, theological, historical, legal, and political perspectives.
4:00 - 5:20pm: Panel Discussion
E. J. Dionne, Jr., Columnist, The Washington Post; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Diane L. Moore, Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Frank Wolf, Representative, Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-2015 (retired)
Moderator: Daniel Carpenter, Freed Professor of Government, Harvard University and Director, Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University
Moderator: I. Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center
5:20 - 5:30pm: Remarks by Dean Minow
Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
5:30 - 6:00pm: Audience Q & A
6:00 - 7:00pm: Reception
Full Conference Description
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 identified the various ways in which law intersects with religion and health care in the United States, examined the role of law in creating or mediating conflict between religion and health care, and explored potential legal solutions to allow religion and health care to simultaneously flourish in a culturally diverse nation.
Keynote Lecture: Religious Liberty, Health Care, and the Culture Wars
Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia School of Law
Plenary Session: The Contraceptives Coverage Mandate Litigation
Adèle Keim, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Gregory Lipper, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
The conference is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. View the full agenda online!
The pre-conference session was cosponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. Initiative on Religious Freedom and Its Implications at the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.
The 2015 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, "Law, Religion, and Health in America," was cosponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
VIDEO: I. Glenn Cohen, Introduction
VIDEO: E. J. Dionne, The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution
VIDEO: Diane L. Moore, Harvard Divinity School
VIDEO: Charles Fried, Harvard Law School
VIDEO: Frank Wolf, U. S. House of Representatives, 1981-2015 (retired)
VIDEO: Martha Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School
VIDEO: Audience Q & A
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