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In 34 states and the District of Columbia, there are religious exemptions to child neglect and abuse laws. That means a parent can deny a child medical care for reasons based on religion. John Fedele/Getty Images/Blend Images hide caption

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How Religion Shapes The Way People Approach Medicine

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Mark Coleridge speaks to the media alongside Catholic Religious Australia President Sister Monica Cavanagh, right, during a news conference in Sydney on Friday in response to the child abuse royal commission's recommendations. Peter Rae/AP hide caption

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Ryan Coleman, 34, accused his former employer — a construction company in Oregon — of firing him for refusing to attend required Bible study meetings. Courtesy of Corinne Schram hide caption

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BuzzFeed Investigation Details Decades Of Systemic Child Abuse At Vermont Orphanage

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Trump Hosts White House Dinner For Evangelical Supporters

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Allegations Surface That Pope Francis Knew Of Alleged Abuses By Former D.C. Cardinal

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Pope Francis arrives as people gather for the Mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday in Dublin. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Ends Visit To A Disillusioned Ireland, Where Church Authority Has Plunged

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The Leers have a holy water holder in the threshold of their home in Wilkins Township, just outside of Pittsburgh. Virginia Alvino Young/WESA hide caption

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Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal Keeps Parishioners From Mass

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At Mass In Dublin, Pope Apologizes For Clergy Sex Abuse Scandals

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Abuse Survivor On Pope's Visit To Ireland

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