New York City Health Board Repeals Rule on Consent Forms for Circumcision Ritual

NYT, 9 September 2015
Author: Michael M. Grynbaum
“The New York City Board of Health voted on Wednesday to ease regulations on a controversial circumcision ritual practiced in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The vote repealed a Bloomberg-era rule requiring parents to sign a consent form before the ritual, which involves a person performing a circumcision, known as a mohel, to use his mouth to suck blood away from the incision on an infant’s penis. The practice has been linked to herpes infections in infants.”
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Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

The Guardian, 2 September 2015
Author: Stephanie Kirchgaessner
“Pope Francis has opened the door for women who have had abortions – an act considered a grave sin by the Catholic church – to be absolved if they express contrition and seek forgiveness from their priest. “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented,” the pontiff wrote in an extraordinary letter that was released by the Vatican on Tuesday. “I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal,” he added.”
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Is Our Attitude Toward Cancer Screening Based On Faith Or Science?

Forbes, 30 July 2015
Author: Faye Flam
“The religious zeal that courses through American blood has lately taken on a free-floating quality, attaching to all kinds of ideas both spiritual and earthly. Ideally, we should be basing our healthcare decisions on reason and science. But when it comes to the so-called war on cancer, reason sometimes takes a back seat.”
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Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine: U.S. appeals court

Reuters, 23 July 2015
Author: Dan Levine
“The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgements on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.”
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Health Law’s Contraceptive Coverage Isn’t Burden on Religion, Court Rules

NYT, 14 July 2015
Author: Robert Pear
“A federal appeals court Tuesday handed the Obama administration another victory in its effort to guarantee coverage of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act, rejecting a challenge by the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns.”
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Implementing Health Reform: Court Won’t Rehear Challenge To Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation

Health Affairs Blog, 23 May 2015
Author: Timothy Jost
“On May 20, 2015, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals denied a rehearing by the entire court of a November 2014 three-judge panel decision on contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s preventive mandate. The panel had refused to enjoin the latest federal regulation accommodating the objections of religious organizations to the provision to their employees of contraceptive coverage without cost sharing.”
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Vaccination crackdown: Australia announces end to religious exemptions

The Guardian, 19 April 2015
Author: Shalailah Medhora
“Doctors will be given incentive payments so that parents stick to their children’s vaccination schedule, and the one religious exemption to vaccinations will end, as part of a push by the federal government to boost the immunisation rate.”
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