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Bridgette Dunlap
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Bridgette Dunlap is the Human Rights Fellow and an adjunct professor of law at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law and a Senior Legal Analyst at RH Reality Check She is a graduate of Fordham Law, where she was a Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights and the president of Fordham Law Students for Reproductive Justice. For her work to improve Fordham students’ access to contraception, the Student Bar Association awarded Bridgette the Eugene J. Keefe Memorial Award for outstanding contributions and service to the Fordham community.

During law school, Bridgette worked at Legal Aid of Cambodia in its Women's Justice Program and participated in Fordham's Federal Litigation Clinic, focusing on sex discrimination litigation. Prior to law school, Bridgette worked for Brooklyn Community Services and founded the Ateh Theater Group. Bridgette's paper, Protecting the Space to Be Unveiled: Why France's Full Veil Ban Does not Violate the European Convention on Human Rights is available in Volume 35, Issue 4 of the Fordham International Law Journal.

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Cincinnati Archdiocese Appeals Award to Teacher Fired for IVF Pregnancy: Examining the 'Religious Freedom' Arguments

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 5:31 PM

When Christa Dias became pregnant, she was a computer teacher for two schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Holy Family and St. Lawrence. She shared the good news with her principal when she was ready to plan her maternity leave, at five and a half months. Her principal congratulated her,...

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Who Is Notre Dame?

(15) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:58 PM

In its lawsuit challenging the federal contraceptive coverage rule, which requires most health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay, the University of Notre Dame claims to have rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. RFRA protects "[a] person whose religious exercise has been burdened" by the government. Such a...

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A Closer Look at the Contraceptive Coverage Lawsuits

(20) Comments | Posted October 14, 2012 | 8:42 AM

Over 35 lawsuits have been filed by corporations challenging the Health and Human Services regulation requiring that most health plans cover contraceptives. The plaintiffs are primarily Christian-affiliated institutions, but include some secular for-profit companies as well. A survey of these cases yields some useful information as to what...

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First Amendment Basics and the Contraceptive Coverage Rule

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 6:35 PM

Some people took issue with my use of the word "lie" in my last post in reference to statements by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the Health and Human Services regulation that requires insurance plans include coverage for contraception. I think this criticism is valid,...

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Bishops Are Wrong About Religious Freedom Violations

(222) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 11:20 AM

The recent Huffington Post article by Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops tells us quite a bit about the veracity of the USCCB's claims that religious freedom is under attack in the United States.

Sister Walsh portrays Catholic institutions as just wanting to...

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