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Archive for the ‘Religion and Health’ Category.

 

New York Removes Religious Exemption for Vaccinations

Last month, New York became the fifth state to end religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccinations, amid an ongoing measles epidemic.

July 23rd, 2019

New York legislators in June 2019 passed a bill that will end religious exemptions to vaccinations. This decision came after a series of debates among legislators concerning this exemption, which was used by parents to justify sending unvaccinated children to school or daycare. This bill represents a strong example of how religious rights can come Read More


Former Dean Initiates Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Over Wiccan Beliefs

A Wiccan professor was recently forced to resign from her position at St. Bonaventure University as a result of her beliefs.

July 12th, 2019

A witch was recently forced to resign from her position as dean of the communications schools at St. Bonaventure University as a result her Wiccan beliefs.


Health and Human Services Department Passes Religious Conscience Rule

A new religious conscience rule promoted by President Trump purports to protect religious liberty, but critics view it as a means to discriminate.

July 10th, 2019

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the issuance of a new final conscience rule, which is designed to protect individuals and health care entities from discrimination claims on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS funded programs. The conscience rule implements full enforcement of 25 provisions passed Read More


New Jersey Bill Would Limit Vaccination Exemptions

The Utah Supreme Court recently reversed a decision pertaining to gay couples seeking to start families via surrogacy, in a major win for LGBTQ rights.

June 28th, 2018

  New Jersey law requires school children to receive numerous vaccinations when they reach a certain age, but there are exceptions for parents who want to avoid a vaccination for religious reasons. Some physicians have commented that this loophole in current law is too expansive and can seriously harm children. In response to these concerns, Read More


The Great Debate: Religion and Contraception

contraception

June 22nd, 2017

There are few subjects that are more polarizing than the debate over the legality and use of contraception. It is for this reason that any decision from the country’s highest authority will be highly anticipated and then greatly debated itself. Knowing a  little history of the controversy surrounding contraception use in the United States can Read More


LGBT Teens Need Guidance During Difficult Times

Two women hold each other.

August 12th, 2016

Do you remember middle school or high school? Many of us have strong memories associated with our adolescent years and oftentimes they are not great. Teen years can be difficult; you are going through changes and trying to figure out who you are. This transitional period can be particularly difficult for teens struggling with their Read More


The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Roe v. Wade and Legal Abortion in Latest Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.

July 30th, 2016

Recently, we discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding contraception and the Affordable Care Act. Although the court ultimately left that decision to the lower courts, on Monday, June 27, 2016, the court made a bold statement regarding abortion and reproductive rights when it handed down a 5-to-3 decision reaffirming the prior landmark cases of Read More


The Supreme Court Punts Contraception Controversy Back to Lower Courts

contraception pills in packaging

June 16th, 2016

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Supreme Court”) issued an opinion remanding a string of cases related to contraception and contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. In its opinion, the Supreme Court vacated the decisions of the lower courts, and asked that the respective courts allow the parties Read More


Is Refusing Medical Care for Your Child a Religious Freedom?

a doctor

May 27th, 2016

Just recently, Mariah Walton publicly exclaimed that she plans to prosecute her parents for failing to seek medical care for her when she was a minor. Mariah, now 20, has pulmonary hypertension, and must carry an oxygen tank around with her (when she is not bedridden) so that she can breathe. Mariah alleges that her Read More


Zika Virus: A New Threat to Religion?

May 20th, 2016

Religion has been a part of American culture since the founding of the nation. It has also been a major point of contention during some of the country’s most volatile periods. One of the most controversial decisions in recent years was Roe v. Wade, which held that women had a constitutional right to decide whether Read More