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Contraception, Religious Freedom, and the Affordable Care Act

This special program will examine the religious freedom issues raised by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer health care plans include a range of preventive services for women, including contraception.  The program, entitled “Contraception, Religious Freedom, and the Affordable Care Act,” will be held Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in the Pearce Hospitality Suite. 

The program features a panel of Virginia Wesleyan faculty, including Sharon Payne, Batten Professor of Health and Human Services, Dr. Sue Larkin, Batten Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Leslie Caughell, Assistant Professor of Political Science, as well as Center Director Paul Rasor.  Panelists will take an interdisciplinary approach to the issues raised by the contraceptive mandate.  Among other things, they will discuss the women’s health care concerns that led to the mandate and its social, political, and constitutional implications.

The program is cosponsored by the VWC Women’s Resource Center and is part of the Center’s celebration of Women’s History Month during March 2013.

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