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Writing Contest: Are 20 Week Bans Constitutional?


Bill Saunders presents award to 2013 Contest winner, Jonas Cummings

AUL’s national law student organization, Advocates for Life, is challenging law students across the country to consider the constitutionality of bans on abortion at and after 20 weeks.

“Such bans have been enacted in several states, and more states can be expected to do so in the future. Eventually, the issue will be considered by the Supreme Court. Traditionalists think such bans are unconstitutional, given existing Supreme Court jurisprudence. But we at AUL disagree. We believe the Supreme Court can, and will uphold, the constitutionality of such bans. In this contest, we are inviting law students to make the case,” said William Saunders, Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel at AUL. “Americans United for Life believes that challenging the next generation of attorneys is an important step in building a legal framework that will protect life in all 50 states.”

The winning entry will receive a $1000 prize, be published in Human Life Review, and be recognized at an AUL January 2015 reception, coinciding with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the annual March for Life.


  • This contest is open to law students at ABA-accredited law schools who graduate in the Spring of 2014 or later.
  • This contest is open to individuals and to pairs. If a pair competes, both members of the pair must be students at ABA-accredited law schools who graduate in the Spring of 2014 or later. If a pair wins first, second, or third place, the monetary prize will be split equally between the two co-authors.
  • Entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014, and can be submitted to
  • Any entry that has been previously published will be excluded from the contest.

For more information on the legal construct and additional rules of the mock case as it proceeds to the U.S. Supreme Court, click here.

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