Margot Cleveland
Margot Cleveland
Margot Cleveland is a senior contributor to The Federalist. She is also a contributor to National Review Online and, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Cleveland is a lawyer and a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned the Hoynes Prize—the law school’s highest honor. She later served for nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cleveland is a former full-time faculty member and current adjunct professor for the college of business at the University of Notre Dame, where she received several teaching awards. As a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of a young son with cystic fibrosis, Cleveland frequently writes on cultural issues related to parenting and special-needs children. Cleveland can be reached via email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @ProfMJCleveland.
State Lawsuits Against Contraception Mandate Exceptions Would Gut Religious Liberty

For moral reasons, individuals and organizations have sought for years to avoid funding contraceptives. Now states are suing so they also don’t have to pay for contraceptives.

If The Supreme Court Takes This Gun Control Case, Its Decision Will Be Huge

When the Supreme Court meets today to discuss pending petitions for review, the justices’ conference calendar will include a pivotal Second Amendment case.

Teen Vogue Wasn’t Yanked From Print For Raunch. Condé Nast Is Doubling Down

The Activist Mommy and others celebrating Teen Vogue’s print demise are wrong to believe good sense and decency prevailed.

Kansas Supreme Court To Rule On Dismemberment Ban In Important Abortion Case

Two abortionists in Kansas are trying to expand a legal strategy that seeks to discover rights to abortion inside state constitutions, not just the U.S. Constitution.

Why Harvey Weinstein’s Wink-Wink Employment Contract Will Sink His Company

Weinstein Company’s board members ‘did not fire Harvey Weinstein because they found out he was a sexual predator. They fired him because we found out!’

No, Overturning Roe v. Wade Will Not Make Abortion Illegal

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, abortion law will merely revert to the constitutionally charged lawmakers: those elected by the people to serve in the legislative branch.

DC Circuit Rules Noncitizens Have A Constitutional Right To U.S. Abortions

J.D. is an unaccompanied minor who illegally entered the United States in September seeking an abortion and is now the focus of the federal court system and national media.

The Most Important SCOTUS Order This Week Concerns A Case It Didn’t Take

In his comments on a case concerning the Department of Transportation, Justice Neil Gorsuch made it clear he’s willing to take on the administrative state.

When Will The Media Stop Trusting A Hate Group To Label Hate Groups?

The Southern Poverty Law Center makes millions lying about people. It’s time for the media to stop letting them arbitrate what comprises a ‘hate group.’

How Democrats Forced Abortifacients Into Obamacare Without Voting On It

The recently filed lawsuits blow open the multi-step deception Democrats knowingly employed to furtively insert the abortifacient and birth control mandate into the Affordable Care Act.

6 Things To Know About The Lawsuits Against Trump’s New Birth Control Exemption

The Trump administration just provided expanded exemptions from Obamacare’s abortifacient and birth control mandate. The ACLU is already challenging them.

Sixth Circuit Considers Whether Funeral Home Must Allow Employee To Cross-Dress At Work

The judges telegraphed pretty clearly their view that the government could force Harris Funeral Homes to allow Anthony Stevens to present as a woman at work.

Why A 20-Week Abortion Ban Is Really A 22-Week Abortion Ban

Most people date a baby’s gestational age two weeks earlier than the baby actually began because most women don’t know their menstrual cycles well.

Cosmo Insists Pro-Lifers Are Hypocrites For Not Condemning Everything Terrible In The World

Jill Filipovic faults pro-lifers for not publicizing the in-utero deaths Flint’s poisoned water caused so she can defend abortion—which literally causes millions of in-utero deaths.

Supreme Court Refuses Surrogacy Case Of Mother Pressured To Abort Triplet

The questions Melissa Cook sought to litigate before the Supreme Court involved a case that screamed of the scandal underlying the U.S. surrogacy industry.

Americans Support ‘Medicare For All’ For Its Sound, Not Its Substance

When the public learns the details of Bernie Sanders’ plan, they’ll realize that reality is less appealing than rhetoric.

You Won’t Believe What Texas Prosecutors Are Finding From Abortionists Opposing A Human Dismemberment Ban

Texas abortionists are literally arguing that killing babies before ripping them into pieces ‘is not feasible because some doctors do not currently do it, it is unsafe, and it is ineffective.’

In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case, Two Sets Of First Amendment Precedent Collide

Since the court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, free exercise of religion no longer gets the protection that free speech does.

Texas’s Abortion Dismemberment Ban Goes To Trial Aimed At Supreme Court

A judge says it’s questionable for Texas to ban abortionists from tearing babies apart while alive before pulling them from their mother’s wombs. Texas’s attorney general begs to differ.

New Study Highlights Why At-Home Abortions Are Dangerous To Women

Nearly 20 percent of women undergoing a chemical abortion ignored the label instructions, their doctor’s directive, and their own commitment to return for a follow-up appointment.