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Florida State University Law Review


The role of religion in the delivery of health care, particularly family planning and reproductive health services, has been discussed extensively. The debate over moral refusals in health care appears to be intensifying for a number of reasons. Society has seen the rapid expansion of controversial medical technologies such as embryonic stem cell research, genetic testing, cloning, and in vitro fertilization. Political controversy erupted over the application before the FDA to switch Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, from prescription to nonprescription status. The physician-assisted suicide debate and the Terri Schiavo case brought renewed attention to end-of-life care issues. Finally, the growing number and size of religiously controlled health care institutions and the increase in expression of religious faith in public life have contributed to the growing controversy over providers refusing to render health care services.

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