Staci D. Lowell


This note will attempt to address the interrelationship of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments in the context of contraceptive equity legislation. To that end, the note will examine states' definitions of a "religious employer" and make recommendations regarding statutory language that is broad enough to cover those organizations with conscientious objections to contraception but narrow enough to allow women to have ready access to contraceptive services. Following this introduction, Part II of the note will provide background information about both contraceptive equity and religious freedom. Part III will discuss current and proposed contraceptive equity legislation in the states. Part IV will provide recommendations for appropriate language. The conclusion is Part V.