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Jennifer
Dalven

In her role as Director, Jennifer oversees and directs the ACLU’s litigation, state advocacy, and communications work on issues affecting access to reproductive health services.  That work runs the gamut from legal challenges to laws that would ban abortions and shut down women’s health centers to initiatives to stop state legislatures from passing further restrictions on access to reproductive health care to communications strategies to move public opinion and galvanize supporters.

Prior to becoming Director, Jennifer was a staff lawyer for more than 10 years.  In that capacity, she successfully litigated numerous reproductive rights cases around the country, including state laws denying Medicaid coverage for abortion, laws permitting health care providers to refuse to provide reproductive health services, and bans on abortion procedures.   Most notably, she argued Planned Parenthood v. Ayotte, a challenge to New Hampshire’s parental notice for abortion law, before the United States Supreme Court.

Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from New York University Law School in 1995. After law school she served as a law clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit and worked as an associate at the N.Y. law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison.

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Ohio Just Defeated an Extreme Abortion Ban, but Don't Get Too Comfortable

Ohio Just Defeated an Extreme Abortion Ban, but Don't Get Too Comfortable

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:39pm
Last week, the Ohio House voted on legislation that was breathtaking in its extremism: It would have banned all abortions after six weeks -- before many women even know they're pregnant.
New Alabama Law Puts Teens Who Need Abortions on Trial. That's Dangerous and Cruel.

New Alabama Law Puts Teens Who Need Abortions on Trial. That's Dangerous and Cruel.

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:02pm

Picture this: You are 17 years old, in your senior year of high school, and you've just learned you're pregnant. You'd like to be able to turn to your parents for support but you know you can't. After all, they kicked your older sister out of the house…

A Mother Landed in Jail for Trying to Help Her Daughter. And She Might Not Be the Last.

A Mother Landed in Jail for Trying to Help Her Daughter. And She Might Not Be the Last.

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:20pm

Earlier this month, a judge sentenced a Pennsylvania mother to up to a year and a half in prison for helping her 16-year-old daughter end a pregnancy by purchasing abortion medication online. The mother, who has a low-paying job, ordered the medication…

Forty Years After Roe, the American People Have Spoken. Will Politicians Finally Listen?

Forty Years After Roe, the American People Have Spoken. Will Politicians Finally Listen?

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:12am

Forty years ago today, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that recognized that a pregnant woman...

Why Are Michigan Politicians Adopting Ireland’s Deadly Abortion Policy?

Why Are Michigan Politicians Adopting Ireland’s Deadly Abortion Policy?

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:29pm

By now, most of us have read (and wept over) the tragic story of Savita Halappanavar -- the woman an Irish hospital let die rather than provide the abortion that she needed to save her life. News of her death has generated outrage across the globe…

Women Don't Care About Contraception?

Women Don't Care About Contraception?

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:31pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said on The View that women don't care about contraception. That's news to me.

Use Birth Control? You're Fired!

Use Birth Control? You're Fired!

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:36pm

No joke: A bill pending in Arizona would give your boss the green light to fire you for using birth control.

Kansas to Pregnant Women: "A Little Lie from Your Doctor Won't Hurt You"

Kansas to Pregnant Women: "A Little Lie from Your Doctor Won't Hurt You"

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:54pm

If a Kansas bill passes, a doctor who opposes abortion could lie about prenatal test results so a woman won't have information that might lead her to decide to end her pregnancy.

Change Is A-Coming (Or, as They Say in Oklahoma, "If I Wanted Government in My Womb, I'd F*ck a Senator.")

Change Is A-Coming (Or, as They Say in Oklahoma, "If I Wanted Government in My Womb, I'd F*ck a Senator.")

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:32pm

I am so excited I am beside myself. I'm a long-time reproductive health advocate looking at politicians around the country lining up to make it harder for a woman to get birth control, to defund Planned Parenthood, and to set up demeaning and obstructive…

The Komen Foundation: Just the Tip of Iceberg.

The Komen Foundation: Just the Tip of Iceberg.

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:15pm

Last year, many states put politics before health and cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other health care facilities that provide critical services for low-income women and men.

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