Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

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Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , July
     470 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Aaron Klink forthcoming.


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.

  • A solid primer that covers a breadth of issues, including health care institutions, providers, insurers, patients, and various settings, ranging from reproductive, mental, public, and environmental health
  • Offers interdisciplinary expertise and ideological diversity, covering philosophy, public health, law, theology, and medicine, and contains views that are both more and less sympathetic to religious claims
  • The most up-to-date resource as it will Include ongoing Supreme Court and other federal litigation
About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Holly Fernandez Lynch is executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts and a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. She is the author of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise (2008) and co-editor of Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics (2016), FDA in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies (2015), and Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (2014).

I. Glenn Cohen is a professor at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts and Faculty Director of the Petrie-Flom Center. He is one of the world's leading experts on the intersection of bioethics and the law, as well as health law. He has authored or co-edited eight books and has published more than eighty articles in venues like The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature, and the Harvard Law Review.

Elizabeth Sepper is an associate professor at Washington University School of Law. She is an expert in health law and religious liberty law. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life care, and conflicts between religion and antidiscrimination laws with articles in top law journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Indiana Law Journal.

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