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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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Celebrating Our Victories on the Anniversary of Roe

Celebrating Our Victories on the Anniversary of Roe

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:26am

Today's anniversary of Roe v. Wade is the right moment to take careful stock of our victories, what we can learn from them, and to recommit ourselves to demanding more.

A Dark Day for Women

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:57pm

Two states poised to completely ban abortion and Congress says no to abortion for rape survivors? Enough is enough.

One house of the Alabama legislature passed a bill that could ban all abortions, and a similar bill moved one step closer…

Standing Up For Women's Health 38 Years After <em>Roe</em>

Standing Up For Women's Health 38 Years After Roe

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:56am

Thirty-eight years ago today, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion and helped to ensure that women and their families could decide for themselves whether to have a child. Within just a few years of the…

Restore the Balance

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:19am

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

When the Bush administration pushed through the Health Care Denial Rule, its parting shot against women's health, we told you we were preparing our next move. Today, we made good on our promise to restore…

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