“Law, Religion, and Health in the United States” (Lynch, Cohen, and Sepper eds.)

The last few years have seen an explosion of conflicts between the claims of religious Religion Healthfreedom and those of health–from physical health to mental health to broader understandings of psychic and other forms of well-being. The essays in this volume, edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, and Elizabeth Sepper, overwhelmingly come down on the side of health, expressing various kinds of skepticism about the Hobby Lobby case and decrying the interference of religious freedom with what they view as necessary measures for public well-being. The publisher is Cambridge University Press and here is the description.

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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