Graduate Bioethics Student wins ASBH Essay Prize

Congratulations to our Graduate Bioethics & School of Law student Hailey Cleek!


This summer Hailey competed against medical, PhD and other Law Students to tie first for an  American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Student Paper Award.  ASBH recognizes up to three papers for writing clarity and quality, development of the argument, integration of the literature, and novelty/insight of the contribution.


Hailey’s paper was titled:  The Price of Rights: Centering Class in Contraception Access
In light of recent health care changes in the United States, contraception accessibility is uncertain. In this piece, Hailey explored how scholarship that has analyzed access to contraception exclusively as a sex equality issue fails to adequately consider poor and marginalized women. The sex equality framework too readily disregards socioeconomic constraints for women seeking contraception.


Hailey used Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw’s intersectionality theory to illuminate the shortcomings of the sex equality framework for contraception access. As an illustration of how a sex equality framework can fail to consider class issues in another context, she describes the shortcomings of the Family and Medical Leave Act in addressing the needs of families. Further, she discusses how the Supreme Court has increasingly disregarded economic considerations when addressing access to contraception. Finally, she argues that by including socioeconomic considerations, courts may better recognize the full range of adverse effects that result from restricting contraception access.


Hailey is the Senior Articles Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and Editor-in-Chief of Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics.