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Brigitte
Amiri

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.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, & Elena Kagan. Photo: S. Petteway

Religious Beliefs Don't "Trump" Women's Equality

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:06am
The imposing columns. The ornate and soaring ceiling. The hushed tone. The Supreme Court feels like a place where justice happens. There is a sense of importance, reverence, and loftiness. I've worked on every reproductive rights case to reach the Supreme Court in the last 15 years, and, as corny as it sounds, it is always thrilling for me to watch a Supreme Court argument. That excitement is what I felt on Tuesday when I was in the courtroom waiting for the Court to hear the Hobby Lobby case, which is a challenge to the federal law that requires health plans to include contraception.
A Devastating Loss For Texas Women

A Devastating Loss For Texas Women

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:13pm

Today is one of the worst days in my professional career. I have been working to defend the rights of women and families to make their own private decisions about abortion for well over a decade. There have been wins and there have been losses. But…

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…

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...

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.     

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Unsurprising News: A Majority of Americans Support the Contraception Rule

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:24am

The results of a recent Wall Street Journal poll are not surprising. The poll shows that a majority of Americans support the federal contraception rule, which requires health insurance plans to cover contraception without a co-pay, regardless of whether…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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