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Brigitte
Amiri

Brigitte Amiri is a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project.  Brigitte is currently litigating multiple cases, including a challenge to South Dakota's law that requires women seeking abortion to first visit a crisis pregnancy center before obtaining an abortion, a restriction on Medicaid funding for abortion in Alaska, and a law in Texas that has forced one-third of the abortion providers to close their doors.  Brigitte is also heavily involved in the challenges to the federal contraception benefit, and was one of the coordinators for the amicus briefs in the Supreme Court.  Brigitte is an adjunct assistant professor at New York Law School, and has been an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College.  Brigitte serves on the Law Students for Reproductive Justice's Board of Directors.  Before joining the ACLU, Brigitte worked as an attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services in the Foreclosure Prevention Project and at the Center for Reproductive Rights.  Brigitte graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999 and from DePaul University in 1996.

Pregnant? Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, and Catholic Hospitals

Pregnant? Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, and Catholic Hospitals

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:27am
Regardless of whether you have been pregnant or not, chances are you can recite the long list of things to avoid in pregnancy: alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, deli meats, unpasteurized cheese, and the list go on.
A Ray of Hope for Women in the Lone Star State: Victory in the Supreme Court

A Ray of Hope for Women in the Lone Star State: Victory in the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:36am

At 7:15 on Tuesday night, we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked enforcement of part of the notorious Texas law that had shuttered 80 percent of the state’s abortion clinics. 

The Court’s decision was only a few…

This Lawyer Fought to Keep the Texas Abortion Clinics Open

This Lawyer Fought to Keep the Texas Abortion Clinics Open

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:04pm
"I'm obviously devastated, and I quite honestly feel physically ill."

This piece was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com

After the Texas legislature passed H.B. 2, a set of anti-abortion regulations so restrictive they were destined to…

The Worst Phone Call of My Career:  I’m Sorry Clinics, You Have to Close

The Worst Phone Call of My Career: I’m Sorry Clinics, You Have to Close

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:45pm

I had to make a phone call today that I have been dreading my entire career. I had to call amazing abortion clinics to tell them that they must to close their doors after serving Texas women for more than 30 years. 

An appeals court just…

5 Things Women Should Know About the Hobby Lobby Decision

5 Things Women Should Know About the Hobby Lobby Decision

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:55am

Since the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby can deny contraceptive coverage to its female employees, a lot of people have questions about what that ruling means for women. While there are still some question marks, here are five things you need…

Supreme Court Rules Companies Can Use Religion to Discriminate

A Loss for Women Today in the High Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:16am

The highest court in the country ruled today that it is acceptable for closely held corporations to use their religious beliefs to take away benefits guaranteed to their employees by law – something the Supreme Court has never before sanctioned.…

A Devastating Loss For Texas Women

A Devastating Loss For Texas Women

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:13pm

Today is one of the worst days in my professional career. I have been working to defend the rights of women and families to make their own private decisions about abortion for well over a decade. There have been wins and there have been losses. But…

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, & Elena Kagan. Photo: S. Petteway

Religious Beliefs Don't "Trump" Women's Equality

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:06am

The imposing columns. The ornate and soaring ceiling. The hushed tone. The Supreme Court feels like a place where justice happens. There is a sense of importance, reverence, and loftiness. I've worked on every reproductive rights case to reach the…

Protect access to birth control

Unsurprising News: A Majority of Americans Support the Contraception Rule

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:24am

The results of a recent Wall Street Journal poll are not surprising. The poll shows that a majority of Americans support the federal contraception rule, which requires health insurance plans to cover contraception without a co-pay, regardless of whether…

Birth Control Goes to the Supreme Court

Birth Control Goes to the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:23pm

Today the U.S. Supreme Court accepted for review two cases challenging the federal contraception rule, which requires the inclusion of contraception coverage in health plans. One of the cases was brought by Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts supply chain…

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