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#LetsTalk About Abortion

#LetsTalk About Abortion

By Erin White, Communications Manager, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:25pm
Research shows that nearly one in three women will have an abortion by the time she turns 45. Yet, far too often, we still think of abortion as a dirty word, not fit for polite company.
Not Easy, But She's Not Sorry: Elle Magazine's Must-Read Personal Story on Why Guilt Shouldn't Factor Into the Abortion Equation.

Not Easy, But She's Not Sorry: Elle Magazine's Must-Read Personal Story on Why Guilt Shouldn't Factor Into the Abortion Equation.

By Erin White, Communications Manager, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:00pm

Research shows that nearly one in three women will have an abortion by age 45. So why are we so afraid to talk about it?

Elle Magazine certainly isn't. This month's issue, which hits newsstands this week, brings us a lengthy, first-person essay…

A Ray of Hope for Women in the Lone Star State: Victory in the Supreme Court

A Ray of Hope for Women in the Lone Star State: Victory in the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:36am

At 7:15 on Tuesday night, we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked enforcement of part of the notorious Texas law that had shuttered 80 percent of the state’s abortion clinics. 

The Court’s decision was only a few…

This Lawyer Fought to Keep the Texas Abortion Clinics Open

This Lawyer Fought to Keep the Texas Abortion Clinics Open

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:04pm
"I'm obviously devastated, and I quite honestly feel physically ill."

This piece was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com

After the Texas legislature passed H.B. 2, a set of anti-abortion regulations so restrictive they were destined to…

The Worst Phone Call of My Career:  I’m Sorry Clinics, You Have to Close

The Worst Phone Call of My Career: I’m Sorry Clinics, You Have to Close

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:45pm

I had to make a phone call today that I have been dreading my entire career. I had to call amazing abortion clinics to tell them that they must to close their doors after serving Texas women for more than 30 years. 

An appeals court just…

New Alabama Law Puts Teens Who Need Abortions on Trial. That's Dangerous and Cruel.

New Alabama Law Puts Teens Who Need Abortions on Trial. That's Dangerous and Cruel.

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:02pm

Picture this: You are 17 years old, in your senior year of high school, and you've just learned you're pregnant. You'd like to be able to turn to your parents for support but you know you can't. After all, they kicked your older sister out of the house…

A Mother Landed in Jail for Trying to Help Her Daughter. And She Might Not Be the Last.

A Mother Landed in Jail for Trying to Help Her Daughter. And She Might Not Be the Last.

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:20pm

Earlier this month, a judge sentenced a Pennsylvania mother to up to a year and a half in prison for helping her 16-year-old daughter end a pregnancy by purchasing abortion medication online. The mother, who has a low-paying job, ordered the medication…

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…

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…

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The Hobby Lobby Stages of Grief: Stage 2, Anger

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 5:00pm

Have you recovered from last week’s brutal Hobby Lobby opinion yet? I haven’t. According to the Kübler-Ross model of grief, I am still only at stage 2: anger.

And you know what? I’m not okay with reaching acceptance.

So…