Mandatory childhood vaccinations have made a splash in national headlines this past week as politicians, pundits, and presidential aspirants seemed compelled to pick sides in this debate of public health and personal liberty. After an outbreak of measles at California’s Disneyland, the role of personal liberty – religious and otherwise – in parents’ choices to vaccinate their children has been challenged due to public health concerns. Kara Loewentheil, the Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at Columbia Law School, will join us to discuss this delicate balance – private rights versus public welfare – and the key issues at stake in this debate.

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