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Brigitte
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Brigitte Amiri is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, where she has worked since 2005. She is currently leading the project’s efforts to combat abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Amiri also led the project’s challenge to a ban on abortions in Michigan, and she successfully fought prohibitions on access to abortions in a Arizona county jail. Amiri was previously an attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services in the Foreclosure Prevention Project and at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Drawing a Line in the Sand: Stopping Politicians from Taking Away Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:07pm
Today the ACLU and the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri filed a case challenging a Kansas law that prohibits insurance companies from providing abortion coverage in their comprehensive plans. Since 2010, 13 states have passed laws prohibiting some or all insurance plans from covering abortion care. Kansas's law is the first to take effect, and our lawsuit is the first to take a step toward putting an end to this growing trend.

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;…

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…

A Victorious Step Toward Ensuring Reproductive Health Care for Trafficking Victims

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:27am

On Monday, a federal district court in Massachusetts ruled that an ACLU challenge to the government's use of taxpayer dollars to impose religious doctrine on victims of human trafficking may go forward. The decision is a victory for women's health…

Mississippi Officials Need a Civics Lesson on Constitution Day

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:15pm

In my recent blog post about the ACLU’s lawsuit against the State of Mississippi for promoting religion in a state-sponsored and state-funded event, I pondered whether Mississippi thinks the Constitution doesn’t apply to them. Apparently,…

The 8th Circuit Court Okays South Dakota’s Political Interference in Women’s Personal Medical Decision-Making

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:30am

The 700 or so women each year who have an abortion in South Dakota go to the only abortion clinic in the state, where one doctor performs abortions once a week (three different doctors rotate that shift). After last Friday's 8th Circuit Court decision…

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…

Another Pharmacy Refuses to Sell Emergency Contraception to a Man

Another Pharmacy Refuses to Sell Emergency Contraception to a Man

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Lisa Graybill, ACLU of Texas at 2:08pm

A CVS pharmacist in Texas demanded a man bring his wife to the store to purchase emergency contraception.

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…

If "God Has a Plan For Sex," Does Obama Have a Plan for Monitoring Programs Overseas?

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:55pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

On Saturday, the White House faith advisory council task force released recommendations for government agencies that do business with faith-based social service groups. These recommendations touch on several…

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