Alvaré on Federal Contraception Mandate

Professor Helen Alvaré participated in a March 22 panel on "Religious Freedom and Healthcare Reform" sponsored by the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. 

Panelists discussed a controversial federal mandate that will require employers to offer health insurance plans that include coverage of contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of the employers' religious beliefs, and considered whether the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by failing to meet the standards set out for religious freedom cases. 

Joining Alvaré in the discussion were Michael Kessler, associate director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University; Martin Lederman, associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; Michael McConnell, professor of law at Stanford University Law School; and Melissa Rogers, director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest School of Divinity.

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