The “Equal Healthcare Resolution” passed without opposition at the Feb. 28 meeting of the SBA House of Delegates. Co-sponsored by Elizabeth Hira (2L), Daniel Smith (1L), Edward Williams (1L), and Erin Dexter (1L), the resolution commends 3L Sandra Fluke and asks Law Center Administration to explain “the inconsistency and apparent discrimination” in University policy on contraception. The resolution was also supported by non-SBA student groups Law Students for Reproductive Justice, the Women’s Legal Alliance, and the Women of Color Collective.
(The full text of the resolution is attached to the end of this post.)
Fluke was thrust into the national spotlight when Congressman Darryl Issa (R-CA) refused to allow her to testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on religious liberty and the proposed HHS contraception rule. Congressman Issa said that Fluke was not “appropriate or qualified” because the hearing was on religious freedom. Whatever merit his objection may have had, the optics of an all male panel discussing women’s healthcare became the headline.