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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 near-certain risk of death unless she ended the pregnancy. The nurse who authorized the life-saving abortion, Sister Margaret Mary McBride, a Catholic nun with 34 years experience in health care management, was rewarded with a demotion.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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