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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.

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 Catholic Church's response and other reports, it wasn't and it won't be. Today the ACLU asked the federal government to investigate and take action against these hospitals. Denying such care is not only unethical, it also violates federal law. Our government should ensure that emergency rooms that open their doors to the public provide all necessary emergency care, including abortion. No hospital, religiously affiliated or otherwise, has a right to impose its beliefs to deny anyone necessary emergency medical care.

Keeping the Courthouse Doors Open to Protect Reproductive Health Care and Religious Liberty

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:48pm

(Originally posted at ACSblog.)

Last week, 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.…

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…

We'll be Watching You, Sheriff Arpaio

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

After six years of protracted litigation, women in Maricopa County Jail — you know, the one run by the infamous Sherriff Joe Arpaio — have finally (hopefully) secured their constitutional right to obtain an abortion. The case began…

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…

A Presidential Proclamation Is Not Enough

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:29am

Today is National Freedom Day, the culmination of a month-long campaign to increase awareness about present-day slavery and human trafficking. In January, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring January 2010 as National Slavery and…

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…

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