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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.

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.

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…

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…

Every Day Should Be National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:54am

In the days following the senseless murder of Dr. Tiller, we were all stunned, heartbroken, and angry. In speaking with providers in the days and weeks following, we expressed our gratitude for their work, especially for persevering during such a difficult…

Let's Do Some Math, Sheriff Joe

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:26pm

(Also posted on Daily Kos.)

Yesterday, I argued in Maricopa County Superior Court about whether Sheriff Joe Arpaio, "America's Toughest Sheriff," can block inmates' access to abortion. The specific issue is whether the sheriff can…

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,…

Mississippi's "No-No Square" Around the First Amendment

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:07pm

Though you wouldn’t know it from the state's recent activities, the Constitution does apply to Mississippi.

This week, we filed a lawsuit against Mississippi for promoting religious messages in a state-sponsored and state-funded abstinence-only-until-marriage…

Show Some Compassion

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:36am

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Every year, more than 14,000 individuals, predominantly women, are brought into the United States annually and exploited for their labor, including in the…

A New Year's Resolution for a New Sex Ed Policy

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:04pm

A new year is exciting because it provides an opportunity for reflection and holds the possibility of change and a fresh start for the coming year. We are at this exciting crossroads with many important civil liberties issues, and sexuality education…

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…

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