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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.

God Will Protect You From Sexual Temptation...Or Not

By & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:46pm
God will protect you from sexual temptation. That's what is being taught in Africa, with U.S. federal tax dollars, to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. But that's not all. In Africa, and other places, government dollars have provided millions of dollars to organizations to teach abstinence-only-until-marriage programs complete with explicitly Christian teachings.

We'll See You in Court: South Dakota's Governor Signs Outrageous Law Restricting Abortion Care

By & & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Robert Doody, ACLU of South Dakota at 3:11pm

Today, South Dakota's governor, Dennis Daugaard, signed a bill that creates unprecedented restrictions on access to abortion care. As we've blogged before, this law requires women to wait 72 hours between the first counseling session with the doctor…

Enough Is Enough: The Latest South Dakota Attack on Women’s Access to Abortion Goes Too Far

By & & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Robert Doody, ACLU of South Dakota at 1:04pm

Recently, an extreme bill sailed through the South Dakota legislature, which places unprecedented restrictions on access to abortion care. This bill requires women to wait 72 hours between the first counseling session with the doctor and the abortion;…

The Obama Administration Must Ensure That Hospitals Provide Emergency Abortion Care

By & Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:31pm

Today is an historic day, no doubt. President Obama signed into law a bill repealing the discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Now that that has been checked off the list, we need to remind his administration that…

Don't Let Her Die: Emergency Abortions Must Be Performed At All Hospitals

By & & Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:03pm

In a disturbing development, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is pressuring one of the nation's largest hospital systems to stop providing life-saving abortions. This extreme stance by the diocese was made public yesterday after the media…

Walgreens Continues Gender Discrimination at the Pharmacy

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Lisa Graybill, ACLU of Texas at 3:14pm

Couples who work together to make healthy decisions about contraception should be supported. So why is it that local Walgreens in Texas have repeatedly refused to sell contraception to men, despite corporate headquarters policy and federal guidelines…

What's Abstinence Got to do With Degrading Single-Parent Families?

By & & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Tricia Herzfeld, ACLU of Tennessee at 1:07pm

"Mom, am I more likely to go to jail because you and Dad aren't married?" Imagine your sixth grader coming home and asking you that question after being taught family life in school. That's what happened to Caroleigh Heaton in Maryville,…

Act Now: Tell Kathleen Sebelius to Ensure Access to Abortions at Religiously Affiliated Hospitals

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:50am

Earlier this month, the ACLU asked the federal government to ensure that religiously affiliated hospitals provide emergency reproductive health care as required by the Emergency Medical Conditions and Women in Labor Act and the Conditions of Participation…

It Takes Two to Tango

By & & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Harriett Johnson, ACLU of Mississippi at 4:42pm

Couples who share responsibility for making healthy decisions about their birth control methods should be supported. That’s why we were deeply concerned when men who sought to purchase emergency contraception for their female partners were…

Religious Doctrine Can't Trump Patients' Lives and Health

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:02pm

A Catholic-owned hospital in Arizona recently made national headlines for demoting a nun for approving an abortion for a pregnant mother of four to save her life. While most of us would like to think this was an isolated incident, based on the …

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