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Obama Administration Can't Make the Case for Religious Discrimination

By Dena Sher, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 4:38pm
What a disappointing, and frankly lame, response. Last month, the ACLU, along with more than 50 organizations, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to end taxpayer-funded hiring discrimination based on religion in government contracts. President George W. Bush had rolled back this civil rights protection, which was first established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1941. President Obama promised to change this policy, but so far nothing. Thus, the coalition wrote to the president to again ask him to restore the civil rights protection.
Groundhog Day Must Be Congress' Favorite Movie

Groundhog Day Must Be Congress' Favorite Movie

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 5:23pm

While working on reproductive rights in our nation's capital, your life starts to resemble the classic black comedy Groundhog Day in which the main character wakes up to find he's reliving the same day over and over again. I, like any good cinephile,…

It's Time to Extend Abortion Coverage to the Women of Peace Corps

It's Time to Extend Abortion Coverage to the Women of Peace Corps

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 12:41pm

When John F. Kennedy signed the executive order creating the Peace Corps over fifty years ago, he said, "Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary, and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet…

The Best Way to Honor Servicewomen This Memorial Day

The Best Way to Honor Servicewomen This Memorial Day

By Francesca Acocella, Women's Rights Project & Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 3:15pm

This Memorial Day, we can show the women serving in the military how grateful we are for their brave service by giving them the same opportunities to serve, and the same recognition of their service, as men. This month, the Army and the Marine Corps…

Combat Exclusion for Women Should No Longer Be the Rule

Combat Exclusion for Women Should No Longer Be the Rule

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 9:53am

The combat exclusion rule ignores the reality of modern warfare. Women are already serving in combat, and at present, 139 women have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

MARCH on for Military Women's Reproductive Health Care

MARCH on for Military Women's Reproductive Health Care

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 5:35pm

Today, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) took a stand on behalf of U.S. military women and families when they introduced the Military…

A Welcome Recommendation for Women's Health

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 9:53am

Yesterday, in its recommendation to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) confirmed what we have long known: contraception is preventive care.

This is a huge step forward for women’s health, as the…

A Perfect Time for Abstinence-Only Programs to get the Old Heave-Ho

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 1:22pm

Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard quite a bit of heated rhetoric about federal spending, including misguided and ill-advised calls to defund Planned Parenthood and the Title X Family Planning Program. But finally there was a breath…

D.C. Women Get a "Clean" Bill of Health from the Senate

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 3:57pm

Good news came out of the Senate last week, when the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a "clean" D.C. spending bill that does not impose restrictions prohibiting the District from using its own local funds to provide abortion care…

Sending Global Gag on a One-Way Trip to Oblivion

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 11:11am

It’s time for politicians to quit playing games with the reproductive health care of women around the world by making sure that the Global Gag Rule, a dangerous, anti-democratic restriction on overseas family planning aid, remains a thing of…

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