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Lighting a Fire for the Women's Rights Treaty

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 11:58am
As a colleague recently reminded me, our system of government was developed not to pass laws, but to make change slowly. Take, for example, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the international treaty dedicated to gender equality. Although the U.S. played a major role in drafting the treaty and signed it in 1980, it still has not been ratified by the Senate. We're hoping to change that this year.

Fourth Time’s a Charm?

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 12:20pm

Well, we’re still fuming over the recent straight-up Patriot Act reauthorization. Apparently, so is Senator Leahy (D-Vt.). But, rather than lick his wounds, he decided to ask Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) Glenn Fine…

Honor Your Mother. . . High Time to Ratify CEDAW

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 3:33pm

Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, and the United States. One of these things is not like the others . . . But you read that list right. Those are the seven countries worldwide that have not yet ratified the Convention on the Elimination…

Congress-ese: Budget Reconciliation...Or How to Avoid a Filibuster

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:01pm

After a 1 ½ year hiatus, we're back with more Congress-ese! We hope you've missed us.

Today's fun definition is Budget Reconciliation. You might have heard that term thrown around as the way that the Senate plans to make…

The House's Second Vote on Stupak

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 12:38pm

As you well know by now, on Sunday night, the House of Representatives made history, passing the Senate's health care reform bill by a vote of 219-212. The President signed that bill into law yesterday. Later Sunday night, the House also passed…

The Score on USA Patriot Act

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 2:31pm

"We've come to love our fears more than we love our freedoms," Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) mused on the House floor just before that chamber voted 315-97 (with 20 members not voting) to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act without any changes…

Happy Anniversary, Roe!

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:17pm

Thirty-seven years ago Friday, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in this country and giving women another means to decide whether and when to become a parent. The decision, recognizing abortion as a private…

We Interrupt Your Regularly-Scheduled Health Care Debate for A Victory Message on Sex Ed

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 4:14pm

Today we woke up in a brave new world. Did you know it? I don’t blame you if you didn’t. With health care reform sucking the air out of the room, it’s been hard to pay attention to anything else. But, yesterday, the reproductive freedom…

Nelson-Hatch Defeated Thanks to YOU!

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:34pm

You did it!! The Senate just voted 54-45 to table (read: defeat) the Nelson-Hatch abortion coverage ban amendment! Thanks so much to everyone who took action to stop this draconian and backward amendment. Your work truly made a difference!

We…

Stupak Redux: Time to Redouble Our Efforts

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 4:10pm

Stupak Amendment Round 2. Stupak: 1. Women’s Health: 0. But not for long. In the month since the anti-choice Stupak Amendment passed the House during its debate over health care reform, you have taken tremendous action. Nearly 30,000 of…

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