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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 when she got pregnant. But you have discussed your options with your aunt and a trusted counselor and decided to have an abortion.
Missouri Is Having Its Own Wendy Davis Moment

Missouri Is Having Its Own Wendy Davis Moment

By Carolyn Ehrlich, Political Strategist, ACLU at 12:15pm

Right now, something big is brewing in Missouri.

For the last several hours I've been standing with Missouri women at the state capitol – and they're just getting started. Inspired by Wendy Davis, they're staging a 72-hour Women's Filibuster…

What's Next? Prosecuting a Pregnant Woman for Working Full Time?

What's Next? Prosecuting a Pregnant Woman for Working Full Time?

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:40am

This summer, Tennessee thumbed its nose at doctors, nearly every national medical association, addiction experts, and women's right activists and passed a law that essentially criminalizes pregnancy. In short, this deeply misguided law risks the health…

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…

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…

"My body is not public property."

6 Things We Got Done On Reproductive Rights This Month

By Hayley Smith, Advocacy and Policy Associate, ACLU at 12:05pm

Politicians are comparing women's health to cars, attempting to criminalize pregnancy, and singling out abortion providers for surprise, medically unnecessary inspections. But over the past month, reproductive rights supporters also found a few reasons…

Protect Access to Birth Control

Wait, Did An Oklahoma Hospital Try to Ban Birth Control Prescriptions For An Entire Town?

By Kelsey Townsend, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU at 2:06pm

Last week, women in Bartlesville, Oklahoma faced a terrifying possibility. According to a new religiously based directive from the town's main health care system, only one OB-GYN in the entire town would have been allowed to prescribe birth control.…

Ohio Just Defeated an Extreme Abortion Ban, but Don't Get Too Comfortable

Ohio Just Defeated an Extreme Abortion Ban, but Don't Get Too Comfortable

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:39pm

Last week, the Ohio House voted on legislation that was breathtaking in its extremism: It would have banned all abortions after six weeks -- before many women even know they're pregnant.

First the good news: Legislators voted down the bill.…

#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.

It's long past time for that to change. And thankfully,…

On Women's Health, the House Trades One Bad Idea for Another

On Women's Health, the House Trades One Bad Idea for Another

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 5:32pm

Watching Congress' actions toward women last week might leave you confused about what year it is. Instead of advancing a single policy designed to help women, the U.S. House of Representatives has chosen to attack women's health any way it can.

Even…