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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 to celebrate. While it's undeniable that opponents continue their laser-like focus on ending abortion – legislators in 38 states have introduced more than 300 provisions seeking to limit women's access to care this year – in some places your voices are being heard and policymakers are standing up for women's health.
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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.…

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…

What Rights?

What Rights?

By Melinda Chateauvert, Author of Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk at 4:22pm

Melinda Chateauvert will read excerpts from Sex Workers Unite! and sign copies of the book on Wednesday, March 12. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://sexworkersunite.eventbrite.com.

Do sex workers have rights? Put another way, can…

Anti-Choice Lawmakers Want To Party Rock Like It's 2011

Anti-Choice Lawmakers Want To Party Rock Like It's 2011

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 9:50am

It's a new year, and by now you've probably made your resolutions to be a new you. We wish the same were true for some anti-choice members of Congress. They've decided they rather enjoyed living in the past, particularly 2011, also known as the year…

A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice.

A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice.

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:17pm

Last night the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision refusing to block a Texas law that has forced more than one third of the women's health centers to stop providing abortion. The Court reached its decision despite the fact that the law is having devastating…

The Anti-Abortion Agenda Explained (Here's a Hint: It's Not About Women's Safety)

The Anti-Abortion Agenda Explained (Here's a Hint: It's Not About Women's Safety)

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 8:18am

During the current legislative session, more than 300 provisions were introduced across the country to prevent access to abortion...

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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…

This Week More Troubling Abortion Bills In Alabama

This Week More Troubling Abortion Bills In Alabama

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 2:05pm

Some legislators in the Yellowhammer State seem intent on bringing the hammer down on Alabama women.

Less than a month into the new year, the Alabama House passed HB31 which would permit hospital staff, including any doctor, nurse, counselor,…

We are Not Giving Up, Texas Women

We are Not Giving Up, Texas Women

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:51pm

Today we filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to temporarily block a Texas law that requires doctors who perform abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Simply put, the law is wreaking havoc on women throughout…