Blog of Rights

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 would mark the onset of menses, that longed-for proof of manhood, with religious ritual and stag parties. Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea to help stamp out monthly discomforts. Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. (Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of commercial brands such as John Wayne Tampons, Muhammad Ali's Rope-a-dope Pads.)
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…

Red State Myth Busting: North Dakota Voters Resoundingly Reject Restrictions on Abortion and Other Health Care

Red State Myth Busting: North Dakota Voters Resoundingly Reject Restrictions on Abortion and Other Health Care

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:03pm

If you stand up for the health and dignity of women and families, you may see little to celebrate in Tuesday's election, but there are still bright spots. One of the brightest is North Dakota, where voters roundly rejected an extreme and dangerous…

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…

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…

Budgeting Away Women's Reproductive Rights

Budgeting Away Women's Reproductive Rights

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:23pm

In its first month, Congress has launched assault after assault on the rights of women, and the federal budget process will be no different. Year after year the budget becomes a vehicle for a host of restrictions limiting access to reproductive health…

The House's #TBT – Roll Backs on Women's Health

The House's #TBT – Roll Backs on Women's Health

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 5:09pm

Tomorrow marks the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. Instead of honoring that legacy of support for women, the U.S. House of Representatives is planning a throwback Thursday, marking the occasion by rolling back…

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:55pm

Late last week, the Arkansas Medical Board initially voted 7-6 not to intrude into the relationship between women and their doctors. They declined to require medical providers to perform an ultrasound exam for a woman seeking abortion care, and then…