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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 of love, compassion, and courage.

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…

Native American Women Demand Rightful Access to Emergency Contraception

Native American Women Demand Rightful Access to Emergency Contraception

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Charon Asetoyer, CEO, Native American Community Board at 2:31pm

Imagine being denied emergency contraception after a sexual assault; to not even be informed about the steps you can take to prevent an unwanted pregnancy; and to later find yourself pregnant as a result of the rape.

For thousands of Native…

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

Whose house? Our house! Whose vagina? Not yours, Mr. Speaker.

Whose house? Our house! Whose vagina? Not yours, Mr. Speaker.

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:56pm

Apparently, things are getting a little heated out there in Lansing. Yesterday, despite massive public opposition, the Michigan House of Representatives passed an omnibus abortion bill (which we told you about here ) that could, among other things,…

Bubba And His Poor, Pitiful Women

Bubba And His Poor, Pitiful Women

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:10pm

Yesterday, a video leaked of Mississippi Representative Lester "Bubba" Carpenter (pictured above) gloating that he and his anti-choice cronies had passed a bill that could effectively put an end to safe, legal abortion in the state of…

Pregnant Women Need Support, Not Prison

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:36pm

Yesterday, the ACLU submitted a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Marion County Superior Court in Indiana to dismiss the prosecution of Ms. Bei Bei Shuai.

The facts of this case are heartbreaking. On December 23, 2010, Shuai, a 34-year-old…

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,…

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…

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