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The Senate Gives Up on Military Women's Access to Health Care

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 3:29pm
On Veterans' Day, we told you that Congress had the historic opportunity to overturn the ban on privately-funded abortions on military bases.

Don't Let Her Die: Emergency Abortions Must Be Performed At All Hospitals

By & & Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:03pm

In a disturbing development, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is pressuring one of the nation's largest hospital systems to stop providing life-saving abortions. This extreme stance by the diocese was made public yesterday after the media…

"They Treat Us Just Like Guinea Pigs."

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Robert Doody, ACLU of South Dakota at 2:10pm

"They treat us just like guinea pigs when it comes to Indian Health Services." That's how one woman on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation described the birth of her second child. She is not alone. Today, the ACLU and the ACLU of…

A Pregnant Woman Is Not a Meth Lab

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:12pm

In the past four years, more than 20 women in Alabama have been prosecuted for no other reason than that they tried to continue their pregnancies while struggling with addiction. Today, the ACLU and the ACLU of Alabama submitted a friend-of-the-court…

Clarification On Facts vs. Fiction

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:20pm

On June 10 we published a blog post called “Facts vs. Fiction on the Military’s Abortion Ban.” In this piece, we were responding to misinformation about efforts by the Senate Armed Services Committee that we strongly support to…

Kentucky Court Blocks Unconstitutional Prosecutions of Pregnant Women

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:00pm

Today, in the case Cochran v. Commonwealth, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed that a pregnant woman cannot be thrown in jail for no other reason than that she struggles with a substance abuse problem. (Together with the ACLU of Kentucky, the…

In Memory of Dr. George Tiller

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:37pm

A year ago on Memorial Day, we lost a true friend to women and a true American hero: Dr. George Tiller. While Dr. Tiller's death was violent and borne of hate, we know — from the witness of his patients and family — that he lived a life…

Religious Liberty and Women's Health

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:55pm

Last December, doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix saved a young woman’s life. The woman, who was 11 weeks pregnant, was suffering from pulmonary hypertension, a condition that her doctors said carried a…

Incarcerating Pregnant Women Who Are Struggling With Addiction Makes for Bad Law and Even Worse Public Policy

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:28pm
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(A version of this blog post was originally posted on Huffington Post.)

For Ina Cochran, it all began more than four years ago,…

Illinois Teens: Can't Win for Losing

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:24am

On Monday, a Cook County Circuit Court judge dismissed the ACLU's challenge to the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act; a law that prevents teens from having an abortion unless they notify a parent or go to court. We are obviously tremendously…

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