• The reactionary movement spawned by the deregulation of the uterus: the Christian conservative legal movement’s decades-long battle in response to Roe

      Gasparian, Mary A. (2020-12)
      The debate on the right to choose has become one of the most polarizing issues within American law and politics. Since the landmark decision of​Roe v. Wade​ (1971), the conservative legal movement has been looking for ways to overturn it and began to find its niche in the 1980s, only after the liberal legal movement dominated largely from the 1960s through the 1970s. Shortly thereafter, the conservative legal movement gained momentum and the pro-life movement found where it belonged. This research will address how the Christian right has been able to efficiently mobilize to incrementally challenge the right to choose and the organizational tactics behind this movement. The relative successes of the conservative legal movement can be attributed to a vast network of attorneys, donors, academics, and elected officials. The influence of dark money groups will be discussed in regards to abortion rights in the United States, as well. Given the current trajectory of the conservative legal movement, it appears that the right to choose will likely remain intact, but will face difficult challenges in the near future.
    • What would the U.S. look like in 30 years if Roe v. Wade is repealed?

      Liebowitz, Claire (2022-05)
      The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 at the end of June 2022. This action will give each of the 50 states to legalize or illegalize abortion within their jurisdiction. 26 states are expressed intention to ban access to abortion which will have extreme reprocussions in areas of reproductive health, politics, political affiliation, and social division. This journalistic piece composed of a future forecast article, a brief reporter’s diary, and a Q&A with a life long pro-abortion activist explores what the future of the U.S. will look like without national access to abortion. The lack in any in depth planning by either side of the abortion movement will lead to an increase in the political party divide and inadequate reproductive health care for American women, especially in the lower classes. In time, the young generation will take up the fight and lead the pro-abortion movement to fight for greater abortion rights.
    • Why more women aren’t elected: the gender gap in US politics

      Pesch, Marie (2022-05)
      First I will address step number one: becoming a candidate. There are several reasons why fewer women become the candidate of a major party in an election for a high level position. Next I will address challenges women face when campaigning. After they make it through the obstacles that step one presents, the candidate must decide how to handle the inevitable sexism they will experience while running a political campaign in America. Lastly, we will discuss the last step to winning an election, getting the votes. It all comes down to election day. After you make it through successfully becoming a candidate and campaigning for as long as 2 years, you still have to win the election.