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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).

Political Beliefs Don't Justify Murder

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:58pm

Dr. George Tiller drove a jeep with armor plating and a bombproof glass and undercarriage to and from work every day. His clinic, where he practiced medicine for decades, was a fortress. His out-of-town patients, many of whom were facing catastrophic…

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…

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…

A Promising First Step in Protecting Illinois Teenagers' Health and Safety

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:30pm

In a legal challenge brought by the ACLU, an Illinois state court yesterday issued an emergency order blocking a law that prevents teens from having an abortion unless they notify a parent or go to court. This victory ensures that teens throughout…

When Did Pregnant Women Lose the Ability to Make Decisions for Themselves?

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:00am

In March, a Florida judge virtually imprisoned a pregnant woman at a hospital in order to force her to stay on bed rest and to undergo any and all medical treatments deemed necessary to save her fetus. In June, a federal judge in Maine sentenced…

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…

Proposed Bush Administration Rule Fails to Strike Balance Between Religious Liberty and Access to Health Care

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:04am

(Originally posted on ACSBlog.)

Last Thursday, the 30-day public comment period closed on a controversial rule proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would expand the ability of institutional and individual health…

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