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It's a Good Day to Be a Woman in California

It's a Good Day to Be a Woman in California

By Phyllida Burlingame, ACLU of Northern California at 4:08pm

Governor Brown signed AB 154, a bill authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins that expands access to abortion care by authorizing trained health professionals to provide early abortions. The legislation addresses a current shortage in the state—52% of California counties don’t have an accessible abortion provider—and allows women to receive care in their own communities from providers they already know and trust.

This Woman Was Evicted for WHAT?!

This Woman Was Evicted for WHAT?!

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office & Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 4:17pm

It took a while, but earlier this year, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, which expanded important housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. As we reported earlier, previous VAWA protections…

House Takes Aim at Women's Health in Shutdown Fight

House Takes Aim at Women's Health in Shutdown Fight

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:26pm

If you thought last week's shenanigans in Congress couldn't get any more ridiculous, think again.

This weekend anti-choice members of the House took direct aim at women's health. They included a provision in their continuing resolution that…

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:07am

Some anniversaries just don't deserve a celebration, and today is one of them. Thirty-seven years ago today, Congress shut off Medicaid coverage for abortion care, unfairly targeting low-income women.

The Hyde Amendment, which was enacted…

Don't Mess with Texas Women: Fighting Back in Court Against Harmful Abortion Restrictions

Don't Mess with Texas Women: Fighting Back in Court Against Harmful Abortion Restrictions

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:13am

Today over a dozen health care centers filed a lawsuit challenging a new law in Texas that is designed to eliminate abortion...

"Get out of my doctor's office" is right!

"Get out of my doctor's office" is right!

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:22am

By now, I'll bet you've seen the ad. The creepy one. With the young woman visiting her doctor for an annual well-woman exam. After being led to the exam room, the woman waits in stirrups for her doctor to arrive. Then she's horrified when a cartoonish…

Today in Contraception Rule Litigation

Today in Contraception Rule Litigation

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:34pm

The past few days have seen a quick succession of events in the continuing legal challenges to the contraception coverage rule. Even close watchers of the over 70 cases that have been filed could be forgiven for struggling to keep up. Today, the DC…

Contraceptive Rule Lawsuits Tally: Women Are Winning 2-1, and the Cases Are Headed to the Supreme Court

Contraceptive Rule Lawsuits Tally: Women Are Winning 2-1, and the Cases Are Headed to the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:21pm

Soon the Supreme Court could decide whether for-profit employers have the right to discriminate...

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...

Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:43pm

I've had it. Dozens of restrictions to abortion access have already passed this year across the country, with Texas in the national spotlight. And just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, politicians in the Lone Star State have stepped up to…