Press Advisory

ADVISORY: When Consciences Collide

Negotiating the Rights, Needs, and Responsibilities of Health Care Providers and Patients

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

WASHINGTON, DC—The current debate over the scope of conscience regulations in health care raises important questions for all of us. How broad should conscience refusal rules be for health care providers who object to providing medical treatment on religious or moral grounds? Should conscience refusal rules apply to institutions as well as individuals? What are the consequences of refusal rules for patients—and their conscience? How do we resolve conflicting issues of conscience in a diverse democracy?

Please join us for a lively and enlightening conversation on this important issue.

Featured Panelists:

Holly Fernandez Lynch, Author of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise

Willie J. Parker, Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Director of Family Planning for Washington Hospital Center

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Melissa Rogers, Director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at the Wake Forest University Divinity School

Discussion Moderated by:

Sally Steenland, Senior Policy Advisor for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress

Light lunch served at 11:30 a.m.

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