Institutional conscience and access to services: can we have both?

Cameron Flynn, Robin Fretwell Wilson

Virtual Mentor. 2013 Mar 1;15(3):226-35. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2013.15.3.pfor1-1303. PubMed PMID: 23472813

It appears, at times, that health care and religion do not mix. Consider the sterilization and contraception coverage mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The mandate requires nearly all employers and health insurers to cover as “essential health care services” certain sterilization procedures and contraceptives, including emergency contraceptives. Members of the Catholic, evangelical Christian, Mennonite, and Muslim faith communities say that the mandate places them “in the untenable position of having to choose between violating the law and violating their consciences.” [Full Text]

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