Life, Religious Liberty, and the Survival of Catholic Health Care

The protection of the unborn, religious freedom and the survival of Catholic health care will be largely determined by the outcome of the ongoing national debate on the American health care system. Certain legislative proposals would place the government at the center of healthcare instead of the patient (and their relationship with God) thereby significantly reducing patient freedom and control in their own healthcare. How does Church teaching inform Catholics and people of goodwill to evaluate these policies? What can I do to defend religious freedom and protect Catholic healthcare?

About the Speakers

Louis Brown received an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He worked as a private practice attorney for a private law firm, where he practiced labor law and commercial litigation.

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Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform. She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform to transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector.

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Dr. Marguerite Duane is co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS. A Board-certified family physician, she serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where she directs an introductory course on natural or fertility awareness based methods (NFP/FABMs) of family planning. She is also a physician with Modern Mobile Medicine, a direct primary care (DPC) house calls-based practice serving patients of all ages in the D.C. metropolitan area. She has served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC).

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Posted on January 29, 2020