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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. So access to contraceptives in the city would have gone something like this: Is Dr. Oliver your OB-GYN? If so...congratulations! You can continue receiving prescription contraception for birth control. If not…too bad! Unless you require contraceptives for reasons other than birth control, you can no longer receive a prescription from your physician.
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…

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…