Dean Ruger provides an overview of the intersection of law, medicine and religion through a fast-paced and interactive look at the state of the law regarding religion and reproductive rights in the United States today. He also discusses recent significant developments in the U.S. Supreme Court, other courts, and state legislatures around the country.
He addresses the way foundational values such as access to health care and religious freedom, sometimes collide in direct opposition in the context of reproductive freedom and access to contraceptive and reproductive health care. He also explains major U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the role of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act in an effort to better understand the complexity and fluidity of the legal rules governing these areas of health care, and their impact on overall population health
- Describe the current state of the law and the ever-changing legal landscape and key institutional actors in the area of reproductive rights.
- Explain the role of the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts in mediating competing claims of religious freedom and access to health care.
- Discuss the multifaceted lawmaking going on in these areas at the state level, including the divide among the states that allow health care providers to refuse to provide necessary care.
- Describe these issues of law religion as it relates to population health.
Recommended CitationRuger, Theodore, "The Convergence of Law, Religion, and Medicine: Public Policy Implications" (2019). College of Population Health Forum. Presentation 133.