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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.

North Carolina's Badge of Dishonor

North Carolina's Badge of Dishonor

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:06am
Yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory broke his word and ignored his constituents when he signed the #motorcyclevagina bill, which includes sweeping anti-abortion provisions that could force clinics across the state to close.
Pregnant Woman Suffers. You Won't Believe Who's to Blame.

Pregnant Woman Suffers. You Won't Believe Who's to Blame.

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:34pm

When you show up at a hospital, in need of medical aid, you expect that you're going to get the care that you need—that the doctors and nurses will figure out what's wrong, explain to you the options for treating it, and give you the best medical…

Before You Go to a Catholic Hospital, Read This

Before You Go to a Catholic Hospital, Read This

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 2:13pm

"Whatever you do, if anything happens, don't take me to St. Vincent's." Those were the words my friend uttered to her husband regularly throughout her pregnancy years ago, when St. Vincent's, a Catholic hospital serving lower Manhattan, was still open.…

The War on Women 2.0: Do They Think We’re Stupid?

The War on Women 2.0: Do They Think We’re Stupid?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 2:09pm

Many state legislatures are packing up for the summer, ending a year of full throttle attacks by extremist politicians on our reproductive health decisions.  Reflecting on the last six months, I am left with one big question: Do they think we’re…

"Hey Baby:" Enduring Street Harassment

"Hey Baby:" Enduring Street Harassment

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 3:46pm

I'm nearly 50. I'm tremendously fortunate. I live in a safe neighborhood, I am comfortable, and I have the privilege of a terrific education and opportunities in life. I am not timid — I have spent much of my life suing states for violating…

"Hey Baby:" Enduring Street Harassment

"Hey Baby:" Enduring Street Harassment

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 3:46pm

I'm nearly 50. I'm tremendously fortunate. I live in a safe neighborhood, I am comfortable, and I have the privilege of a terrific education and opportunities in life. I am not timid — I have spent much of my life suing states for violating…

A Unanimous Decision for Equality

A Unanimous Decision for Equality

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 4:41pm

When a business opens its doors to the public it must comply with anti-discrimination laws, even if doing so offends a business owner's religious beliefs. That's the bottom line in today's unanimous decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court holding…

Common Hopes

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 1:56pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

"We may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction — towards a better…

Grey's Anatomy: Breaking the Silence on Abortion

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 4:50pm

Thank you to Grey's Anatomy for daring to speak the A-word (abortion) in its two hour season premiere. In the episode, skilled hospital resident Cristina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) declares, in the clearest of terms, that she does not want to…

Grey's Anatomy: Breaking the Silence on Abortion

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 4:50pm

Thank you to Grey's Anatomy for daring to speak the A-word (abortion) in its two hour season premiere. In the episode, skilled hospital resident Cristina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) declares, in the clearest of terms, that she does not want to…

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