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Religious Exemptions

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011

When the Department of Health and Human Services announced this month that contraceptives and sterilization would be among the mandated preventive services for women under the new health reform law, they started a new chapter in the debate over religious exemptions. Should religious organizations be required to follow laws--about gay marriage, vaccination, hiring, etc.--with which they disagree in principle?

The Ethics Center's Emerging Issues Group discussed religious exemptions with Tom Reese, S.J., a distinguished visiting scholar at the Center and a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University. (podcast)