Contraception and Conscience: A Symposium on Religious Liberty, Women’s Health, and the HHS Rule on Provision of Birth Control Coverage for Employees

A conference examining the legal, theological, health, equality, and ethical issues relating to the recent Rule promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on “Coverage of Preventive Services Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," this symposium brought together legal, religious, and cultural scholars and practitioners for a day-long conversation about the increasingly contentious public debate surrounding the HHS Rule requiring employers to subsidize preventive health services for employees, the religious accommodations in the HHS rule, and the lawsuits filed by religious objectors challenging the rule.
The conference was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Georgetown University Law Center. It was made possible through a grant from the Ford Foundation.

SCHEDULE

Introduction | Dean William M. Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center 

The Legal Challenges to the HHS Contraception Rule 
Martin Lederman, Georgetown University Law Center
Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union
Melissa Rogers, Wake Forest University Divinity School, Center for Religion and Public Affairs
Robert Vischer, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Lori Windham, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
 

What is the Burden on Religious Exercise? 
Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame
Cathleen Kaveny, University of Notre Dame
Michael Kessler, Georgetown University
John Langan, S.J., Georgetown University
Robert Tuttle, George Washington University School of Law 

A Broader Focus 
Gregg Bloche, Georgetown University Law Center
Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University
Eduardo Peñalver, Cornell University Law School
Robin West, Georgetown University Law Center
Robin Fretwell Wilson, Washington & Lee University School of Law

related | Resources and background on the HHS mandate and subsequent debate

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