The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, 2014

Contraception and the Birth of Corporate Conscience
"Conscience" was an election year catchphrase. Secular and religious businesses came forward with objections of conscience to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employee health insurance plans cover contraception. Going into the election season,...
Contraceptive Coverage under the Affordable Care Act: Dueling Narratives and Their Policy Implications
I think there is in this country a war on religion . . . . They gave it a lot of thought and they decided to say that in this country that a church-in this case, the Catholic Church-would be required to violate its principles and its conscience and be...
Cultural Collisions and the Limits of the Affordable Care Act
INTRODUCTIONNational Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius ("NFIB") settled the central constitutional questions impeding the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act" or "ACA"): whether the federal government's...
Getting It Straight: A First Amendment Analysis of California's Ban on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts and Its Potential Effects on Abortion Regulations
I. INTRODUCTIONI had AIDS. I was the only gay person left in the world [be]cause the government found all the other gays and killed them as children and if they found me, they would kill me. It's the perfect way to keep a child or a teen from coming...
Have We Reached Grutter's "Logical End Point?" the Fight over State Law Bans on Preferential Treatment Programs and the Future of Affirmative Action in the United States
I. INTRODUCTIONPerhaps Chief Justice Roberts was correct when he remarked that "[t]he way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."1 The use of race in admissions decisions to undergraduate and graduate...
Restoring Rights for Reproductive Justice
INTRODUCTIONEver since women gained the right to vote in the United States nearly 100 years ago, women have exercised that right. In fact, women's voting rates now outstrip those of men's,1 and the number of women of color2 voting has increased steadily...
Symposium Opening Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
Thank you Professor Ahranjani, thank you to the Symposium and the American University Washington College of Law. And thank you all for being here today.My name is Stephanie Schriock and I'm the president of EMILY's List. For twenty-eight years, EMILY's...
The Return of the Welfare Queen
INTRODUCTIONAfter welfare reform was passed in 1996, there was every reason to hope that the welfare queen was dead. The "welfare queen" was shorthand for a lazy woman of color, with numerous children she cannot support, who is cheating taxpayers by...