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Louise Melling (@LibertyLouiseis a Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and the Director of its Center for Liberty. The Center encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive freedom, women’s rights, lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights, and freedom of religion and belief. Before assuming this role, Ms. Melling was Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, in which capacity she oversaw nationwide litigation, communications research, public education campaigns, and advocacy efforts in the state legislatures. Ms. Melling has appeared in federal and state courts around the country to challenge laws that restrict reproductive rights. She has appeared in many media outlets, including CNN, PBS News Hour, Frontline, the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.

The Trend Continues: Abortion Debates Heat Up in Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin

The Trend Continues: Abortion Debates Heat Up in Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 9:55am

Last week, we asked you to #standwithTXwomen as thousands convened in Austin, TX, to try to stop an extreme measure...

Lone Star State Not Alone

Lone Star State Not Alone

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 4:34pm

Yesterday thousands of activists came to the Texas capitol to #standwithTXwomen. Today, the fight continues as the Texas legislature hears testimony about a bill that could shut down almost 90 percent of the abortion clinics in the state and ban abortion…

As Legal Fight Over Contraception Reaches Critical Moment, Where Will The Courts Stand?

As Legal Fight Over Contraception Reaches Critical Moment, Where Will The Courts Stand?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 11:50am

Nearly 60 lawsuits have been filed across the country challenging the federal rule that employers include contraception...

Whose Religious Freedom?

Whose Religious Freedom?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 5:32pm

The freedom of religion and belief is one of our most cherished liberties. The First Amendment protects our right to believe whatever we choose. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) would like you to think this right is in peril. As…

Honoring James Esseks

Honoring James Esseks

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 6:21pm

Every day is a day to celebrate James Esseks, director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and AIDS Project. How could we not? He's wicked smart, strategic, organized and charming to boot.

But today there's even more reason…

The Bishops Exposed: Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

The Bishops Exposed: Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 3:26pm

According to the bishops, religious liberty means that insurance would not cover a service that 98 percent of American women – including Catholic women – use.

The Bishops Exposed: Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

The Bishops Exposed: Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 3:26pm

According to the bishops, religious liberty means that insurance would not cover a service that 98 percent of American women – including Catholic women – use.

Birth Control Decision Defends Religious Liberty

Birth Control Decision Defends Religious Liberty

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:00pm

(A version of this post was originally published in the Washington Post "On Faith" opinion section on Friday, January 20.)

Recognizing the importance of birth control to women’s health and lives, the Obama administration stood…

Counselor to LGBT Kids — I Will Not Help You

Counselor to LGBT Kids — I Will Not Help You

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 10:44am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard arguments today in Ward v. Wilbanks, a case where a graduate student, Julea Ward, is challenging her removal from Eastern Michigan University's counseling program because she refused to counsel…

Counselor to LGBT Kids — I Will Not Help You

Counselor to LGBT Kids — I Will Not Help You

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 10:44am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard arguments today in Ward v. Wilbanks, a case where a graduate student, Julea Ward, is challenging her removal from Eastern Michigan University's counseling program because she refused to counsel…

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