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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 to voluntarily implement the reporting requirements included in his USA Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act, a bill that was never even passed by the full Senate. His letter also politely asked the DOJ to choose to comply with the (perhaps overly) reasonable reforms and protections that were agreed to and endorsed by DOJ in November and December of last year. Go Sen. Leahy!

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…

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…

Join Us in D.C. to Protect Abortion Coverage in Health Care Reform

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:08pm

On November 17, I asked if you were angry about the Stupak amendment to the House health care reform bill. Well it's clear that you are. So far, over 27,000 of you have signed our petition to President Obama and congressional leadership urging…

Tell the Senate to Protect Abortion Care

Tell the Senate to Protect Abortion Care

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:22pm

Angry yet? You should be. As you’ve probably heard by now, on November 7, the House passed its health care reform bill. The problem? It also passed an onerous amendment sponsored by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) that prohibits anyone who participates in the health insurance Exchange and receives federal subsidies from purchasing a plan that covers abortion except in the case of rape or incest or to save the woman’s life. Anyone receiving a federal subsidy who wants abortion coverage would have to purchase a separate abortion rider covering only abortion.

Thinking Twice: The Catch of the Biometric Bargaining Chip

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 1:01pm

Reform is in the air, and immigration reform will likely follow health care reform on the Congressional to-do list. While this could be great news, it seems like we will be asked to swallow just about anything, including mandatory electronic employment…

Oversight FAIL

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:56pm

Last Friday marked the release of a report on the President's Surveillance Program (PSP), the report that those of us in the surveillance policy world have been waiting for with bated breath since, well, the FISA Amendments Act passed last summer…

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