Professor Wilson’s work on balanced measures that respect religious freedom on questions central to many belief systems, like marriage and sexuality, has proceeded both in statehouses and in the murkier world of administrative law. She has urged new approaches to what many see as irreducible choices between respecting one community or another. These range from providing better information to patients about which pharmacies stock emergency contraceptives to removing objecting clerks from being a choke point on the path to services.
In 2015, Professor Wilson worked with the Utah Legislature at the invitation of Utah Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams to assist with the drafting, refining, and passage of two landmark pieces of legislation that protected the full LGBT community from discrimination in Utah’s employment and housing nondiscrimination laws, while providing robust accommodations for religious groups, their affiliates, and persons of faith. She received one of 16 signing pens at the signing of the bill. That work formed the basis for an initiative to assist other state lawmakers to enact Fairness for All legislation, funded by a gift from the Templeton Religion Trust. A summary of the two-bill package prepared for a discussion at the Brookings Institute may be found here.
Access to care and respect for the conscience concerns of healthcare providers strike some as inherently in tension. Affirming both values—respect for conscience and the needs of patients—requires nuanced legislation and regulations. In 2009, Professor Wilson and several members of the Obama White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships distilled a set of principles that should guide the Obama Administration’s decision whether to rescind the Bush “Conscience Regulation.”