Title

When Religion Pollutes: How Should Law Respond When Religious Practice Threatens Public Health?

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2017

Editor(s)

Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper

ISSN

9781316691274

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Language

en-US

Abstract

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 the most pressing questions at the intersection of law, religion, and health in the United States: should physicians be required to disclose their religious beliefs to patients? How should we think about institutional conscience in the health care setting? How should health care providers deal with families with religious objections to withdrawing treatment? In this timely book, experts from a variety of perspectives and disciplines offer insight on these and other pressing questions, describing what the public discourse gets right and wrong, how policymakers might respond, and what potential conflicts may arise in the future. It should be read by academics, policymakers, and anyone else - patient or physician, secular or devout - interested in how US law interacts with health care and religion.

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