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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.

Heterosexuals Only: Sign of the Times?

Heterosexuals Only: Sign of the Times?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 11:13am
The Associated Press published a poll yesterday that reported many Americans say it's okay for wedding-related businesses to refuse to provide service to same-sex couples based on religious views.
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…

"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…

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.…

Hobby Lobby and the Dignity of the Refused

Hobby Lobby and the Dignity of the Refused

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 11:12am

Right now we are in a storm of contested rights, as businesses and institutions across the country ask for express legal permission to use religion to discriminate based on sexual orientation, sex, and gender identity.

Last month, the Supreme…

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.

McCrory's signing follows…

Do They Think We're Stupid?

Do They Think We're Stupid?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 10:41am

Do they think we're stupid?

It's the question I ask myself time and time again as I read about some of the newest restrictions on abortion. Like, for example, the law just enacted by the Missouri legislature, which forces a woman in Missouri…

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…

Abortion is Safe. Let's Keep it Safe.

Abortion is Safe. Let's Keep it Safe.

By Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:24pm

Read the article at The Daily Beast.

Today, abortion is an extremely safe procedure with a safety record of over 99 percent. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are putting the pedal to the metal in states across the country to keep it this…

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