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Brigitte
Amiri

Brigitte Amiri is a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project.  Brigitte is currently litigating multiple cases, including a challenge to South Dakota's law that requires women seeking abortion to first visit a crisis pregnancy center before obtaining an abortion, a restriction on Medicaid funding for abortion in Alaska, and a law in Texas that has forced one-third of the abortion providers to close their doors.  Brigitte is also heavily involved in the challenges to the federal contraception benefit, and was one of the coordinators for the amicus briefs in the Supreme Court.  Brigitte is an adjunct assistant professor at New York Law School, and has been an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College.  Brigitte serves on the Law Students for Reproductive Justice's Board of Directors.  Before joining the ACLU, Brigitte worked as an attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services in the Foreclosure Prevention Project and at the Center for Reproductive Rights.  Brigitte graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999 and from DePaul University in 1996.

Birth Control Goes to the Supreme Court

Birth Control Goes to the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:23pm
Today the U.S. Supreme Court accepted for review two cases challenging the federal contraception rule, which requires the inclusion of contraception coverage in health plans. One of the cases was brought by Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts supply chain with over 13,000 employees. The other case was brought by Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania wood furniture company.
A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice.

A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice.

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:17pm

Last night the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision refusing to block a Texas law that has forced more than one third of the women's health centers to stop providing abortion. The Court reached its decision despite the fact that the law is having devastating…

We are Not Giving Up, Texas Women

We are Not Giving Up, Texas Women

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:51pm

Today we filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to temporarily block a Texas law that requires doctors who perform abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Simply put, the law is wreaking havoc on women throughout…

Court to Texas: Abortion Law Serves No Valid Purpose

Court to Texas: Abortion Law Serves No Valid Purpose

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:44pm

In a crucial victory for Texas women and families, a federal district court held unconstitutional a law requiring physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.  The Texas court based its decision on evidence…

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:29am

Last week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to preliminarily block the federal contraceptive rule in a case brought by a health food company, Eden Foods. The company argued that the federal rule that requires the inclusion of contraceptive…

Don't Mess with Texas Women: Fighting Back in Court Against Harmful Abortion Restrictions

Don't Mess with Texas Women: Fighting Back in Court Against Harmful Abortion Restrictions

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:13am

Today over a dozen health care centers filed a lawsuit challenging a new law in Texas that is designed to eliminate abortion...

Contraceptive Rule Lawsuits Tally: Women Are Winning 2-1, and the Cases Are Headed to the Supreme Court

Contraceptive Rule Lawsuits Tally: Women Are Winning 2-1, and the Cases Are Headed to the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:21pm

Soon the Supreme Court could decide whether for-profit employers have the right to discriminate...

The First Contraceptive Rule Case to Reach an Appeals Court on the Merits

The First Contraceptive Rule Case to Reach an Appeals Court on the Merits

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:31pm

Yesterday the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the first challenge to the federal contraceptive rule to reach an appeals court on the merits.  The federal contraceptive rule requires health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay, and despite the plethora of lawsuits, the rule is clearly constitutional.     

It Doesn’t Matter How Many Lawsuits Are Filed, the Contraception Rule Is Constitutional

It Doesn’t Matter How Many Lawsuits Are Filed, the Contraception Rule Is Constitutional

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:20pm

Sheer repetition of an incorrect argument does not make that argument correct.  This holds true for the lawsuits challenging the federal contraception rule, which ensures that millions of women will have access to contraception without a co-pay.  Those who are trying to eliminate the rule in the courts have now filed almost 45 lawsuits.  They can file 100 lawsuits, but it won’t change the legal analysis.  As we’ve said before, the contraception rule is constitutional.  For the last five decades, courts have held that rules designed to eradicate discrimination – like the contraception rule – cannot be trumped by a business owner’s religious beliefs.

More Challenges to the Contraception Rule, More Misguided Arguments

More Challenges to the Contraception Rule, More Misguided Arguments

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:45am

There are now close to 40 challenges to the federal birth control rule, which ensures that employees have insurance coverage for contraception.  Why so many lawsuits, you ask?  The answer is not entirely clear, but one thing is certain: each…

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