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Moving the Ball Forward on Comprehensive Sex Education

Moving the Ball Forward on Comprehensive Sex Education

By Steven Waddy, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 4:56pm
As unbelievable as it sounds, some parts of our country are still teaching abstinence-only sex education in 2013. That’s why Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-C.A., recently reintroduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA), renewing their vow to provide comprehensive sex education to young Americans. This legislation provides grants and guidelines for education that will help young people make healthy, responsible decisions about their own sexual health. New STIs cost our country an estimated $16 billion a year, so this isn’t just smart policy—it’s fiscally sound, too.

California Leads on Sex Ed, But It's Not All Rosy in the Golden State

By Phyllida Burlingame, ACLU of Northern California at 3:13pm

California has one of the country's strongest laws ensuring comprehensive sex education. Back in 2003, the legislature put teen health first and passed a law requiring sex education to be comprehensive, science-based and free of bias. California…

How I'm Celebrating Gloria Steinem's Birthday

How I'm Celebrating Gloria Steinem's Birthday

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 8:23am

What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? The answer is clear - menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Boys…

I Can’t Afford to Let My Boss Interfere With My Health Care Decisions

I Can’t Afford to Let My Boss Interfere With My Health Care Decisions

By Alice S.

The Affordable Care Act makes effective birth control more affordable for millions of women by requiring employer-based health plans to include no-cost coverage for contraceptives.  On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear…

Don't Let Her Die: Emergency Abortions Must Be Performed At All Hospitals

By & & Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:03pm

In a disturbing development, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is pressuring one of the nation's largest hospital systems to stop providing life-saving abortions. This extreme stance by the diocese was made public yesterday after the media…

What Would You Do With $11,000?

What Would You Do With $11,000?

By Meghan Groob, Media Relations Associate, ACLU at 4:55pm

Imagine looking at your bank statement and seeing $11,000 more than you expected. If you're anything like me, you would immediately start planning how to spend your newfound riches. Should I be responsible and pay off my debt? Or should I finally take…

$4.1 Million Settlement Puts Jails on Notice: Shackling Pregnant Women is Unlawful

$4.1 Million Settlement Puts Jails on Notice: Shackling Pregnant Women is Unlawful

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project at 5:52pm
Every year in the United States babies are born to women who are literally in chains – shackled to their delivery beds even in the act of labor. Thankfully, there is hope that this long-hidden and terrible practice – and the legacy of pain,…
The Other Front: Military Rape Survivors Denied Abortion Coverage

The Other Front: Military Rape Survivors Denied Abortion Coverage

By Jessica Kenyon at 6:02pm

We are defending a Constitution that doesn’t apply to us. This was a phrase I heard often after I joined the U.S. Army in 2005. At the time, I didn’t realize just how true that would be. I was raped by a fellow soldier when I was stationed…

Women’s History Month: We’ve Come So Far, We Have So Far to Go

Women’s History Month: We’ve Come So Far, We Have So Far to Go

By Emily Carter, Legal Assistant, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 5:31pm

Today is March 1st – the start of Women’s History Month, which is dedicated to honoring women throughout history who have taken part in the movement to advance women’s rights. Over the years, women have fought tirelessly against discrimination…

Core Civil Liberties Threatened in State Legislatures: Three Trends to Watch

State legislatures are ground zero in the fight for civil liberties. Although they may not attract as much attention as debates in Congress or arguments in the Supreme Court, they are the source of unprecedented assaults on our most fundamental…