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Military Lifts Ban on Emergency Contraception

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:50pm
Yesterday, the Department of Defense (DOD) quietly made public its decision to require that emergency contraception (EC or Plan B) be available at all overseas military facilities. (Until it was picked up by the press, only the most avid readers of the minutes of the quarterly meetings of the DOD Pharmaceutics and Therapeutics Committee could have known about the decision).

Kentucky: Do the Right Thing (Again)

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:15pm

Tomorrow morning, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of Cochran v. Commonwealth, a case that could have enormous consequences for healthy moms and babies in that state.

Ms. Cochran's road to Kentucky's Supreme…

Arizona Stands Against Racism. [Insert Laughter]

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 2:23pm

Apparently, Arizona lawmakers were concerned you might not believe they were committed to fighting racism. So this week, the state of Arizona took the important step of enacting a law, the first of its kind, that seeks to protect communities of color…

The Obama Administration Must Ensure That Hospitals Provide Emergency Abortion Care

By & Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:31pm

Today is an historic day, no doubt. President Obama signed into law a bill repealing the discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Now that that has been checked off the list, we need to remind his administration that…

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.

Overturning the ban would have had a real impact on our servicewomen's lives. Because of the ban,…

Pregnant Servicewomen: The Canaries in the Mine

Pregnant Servicewomen: The Canaries in the Mine

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:57pm

“Women in uniform today are not just invaluable; they’re irreplaceable.” That’s what now-Secretary of the Army John McHugh stated at his confirmation hearings this July. No doubt Major General Anthony Cucolo III, who commands…

"There Are No Coat Hangers in Iraq"

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:55am

(Cross-posted to RH Reality Check.)

In light of ongoing efforts to restrict women’s access to abortion in health care reform, it is sometimes easy to forget that many women already face nearly insurmountable obstacles to obtaining abortion…

Locked up for Being Pregnant and HIV-Positive

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:24pm

I'm going to do things a little backwards here... Ordinarily, I would give you what is called a time served sentence, and...your time in prison would effectively end today....[However] I'm inclined to keep you in jail, given your medical condition…

State Legislatures Full of Akins

State Legislatures Full of Akins

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:49pm

So much has been said about Rep. Todd Akin in the past few days and yet there’s so much more I still want to say. But I won’t (except for a little bit at the end) because, Todd Akin is just a piece of the story

War Against Women Rages On in the Federal Courts

War Against Women Rages On in the Federal Courts

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:00pm

It’s been an interesting few weeks for women’s rights and health in the courts. First, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state can force a doctor to tell a patient that women who have abortions are more likely to commit suicide than those who continue the pregnancy even

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