Florida's religious accommodation statute leads some parents to believe that they are free to rely on spiritual healing in lieu of medical treatment for their ill children. However, the statute fails to protect these parents in a criminal prosecution arising from their children's deaths. The author of this Article describes the various types of accommodation statutes, analyzes a recent prosecution, and concludes that such prosecutions are unconstitutional. The author also proposes revisions to Florida's law designed to eliminate ambiguities about what protections it provides.
Christine A. Clark,
Religious Accommodation and Criminal Liability,
17 Fla. St. U. L. Rev.