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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!

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…

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…

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.

Will Health Care Reform Protect Your Reproductive Rights?

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:19pm

Well, many of us thought this day would never come: the House of Representatives is finally prepared to vote on the Affordable Health Care for America Act. It's hard to understate the historic nature of this particular vote. President Roosevelt…

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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