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Sarah
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Sarah Lipton-Lubet (@LiptonLubet) is a policy counsel in the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office, where her work focuses on reproductive freedom and women’s rights. Sarah came to the ACLU from the Center for Reproductive Rights, and previously clerked for the Honorable Richard Paez of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Honorable Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Sarah earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was Symposium Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a B.A. summa cum laude from Northwestern University in American Studies.

Score One for Women's Health! Obama Administration Stands Up For Birth Control

Score One for Women's Health! Obama Administration Stands Up For Birth Control

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:39pm

Today, the Obama administration announced that it would keep in place a proposed rule that ensures that new insurance plans include contraception coverage.

The Shaheen Amendment Promises Basic Fairness for Servicewomen. Now Let's Get a Vote!

The Shaheen Amendment Promises Basic Fairness for Servicewomen. Now Let's Get a Vote!

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:44pm

Today, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took a historic stand for military women. Now it’s our turn to stand with her.

More than 400,000 women serve in the armed forces and put their lives at risk to preserve our rights and safeguard our freedom.…

"America's Angels" One Step Closer to the Health Care They Deserve

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:41pm

Every year, over 8,000 people serve in the Peace Corps, venturing to far-flung regions of the world to give their time and energy to aid communities in developing countries, as cultural ambassadors for America. Peace Corps volunteers sacrifice…

Heartless House Rejects No-Brainer Military Health Amendment

Heartless House Rejects No-Brainer Military Health Amendment

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:40pm

All the Davis amendment would have done is stop singling out U.S. servicewomen and military families for inferior treatment. But the House leadership prevented debate and a floor vote on this important amendment.

Raped in the Peace Corps? U.S. Policy Makes a Bad Situation Worse.

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:53am

This morning, former Peace Corps volunteer Carol Clark will testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, along with other sexual assault survivors, in a hearing addressing "problems of safety and security" in the Peace Corps.…

Birth Control: A Game Changer for Women

Birth Control: A Game Changer for Women

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:39pm

We've said it before and we'll say it again: the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage rule is a breakthrough for women's health, ensuring that millions of women will have access to affordable, effective contraception. But anti-family planning…

History Is On Our Side: Why the Federal Contraception Rule is Constitutional

History Is On Our Side: Why the Federal Contraception Rule is Constitutional

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Anthony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Eastern Missouri at 5:26pm

History has a way of repeating itself. Almost five decades ago a court in South Carolina considered a claim that a restaurant owner could refuse to serve African-American customers because integration of the races was against his religious beliefs. The…

Court’s Ruling to Allow Employer to Discriminate Out of Step; Threatens Women’s Health

Court’s Ruling to Allow Employer to Discriminate Out of Step; Threatens Women’s Health

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:30pm

A federal court in Colorado today put a temporary halt on the implementation of the Obama administration’s contraceptive coverage rule, with respect to one company. The contraceptive coverage rule requires insurance plans to cover contraception…

One Down and 23 to Go: Judge Tosses Baseless Challenge to Birth Control Coverage

One Down and 23 to Go: Judge Tosses Baseless Challenge to Birth Control Coverage

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:53pm

Tuesday, a Nebraska federal court rejected a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s rule requiring insurance plans to cover contraception. This was the first of two dozen challenges to be decided.   We applaud the court’s…

Abortion Ban Plays Politics with Women’s Health

Abortion Ban Plays Politics with Women’s Health

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:03am

The House Judiciary Committee has held eight anti-abortion or anti-family planning votes or hearings so far this Congress.  This morning, they’re scheduled to make it nine.  The Committee will be considering the so-called “District…

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