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Rhode Island Stands Up For Pregnant Women in Prison: Says No to Shackling

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project & Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project & Steven Brown, ACLU of Rhode Island at 12:18pm
Following the lead of a dozen other states, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law a bill that sharply restricts the harmful practice of shackling pregnant prisoners. As we have learned from the stories of women across the country, this legislation is critical to protecting mothers and babies. In Rhode Island, legislators heard from one former inmate who described her fears for her pregnancy every time she was transported in a prison van. Not only was she shackled, the van had no seat belts, and she was constantly jostled around with no way to protect herself from falling on her abdomen.
UPS Pushed Me Out Of The Workplace When I Got Pregnant

UPS Pushed Me Out Of The Workplace When I Got Pregnant

By Julie Desantis-Mayer at 4:15pm

I've worked at United Parcel Service (UPS) for almost 10 years.  Initially I got this job because I needed a part-time job with benefits while attending college and UPS seemed like an ideal place to work. Reality set in nine years later when I…

UPS Hearts Logistics. Pregnant Employees, Not So Much.

UPS Hearts Logistics. Pregnant Employees, Not So Much.

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:25pm

Peggy Young asked if she could be put on "light duty" at her UPS job during her pregnancy. UPS refused and put her on unpaid medical leave instead.

Reproductive Health Restrictions Hurt Asian-American Women

Reproductive Health Restrictions Hurt Asian-American Women

By Zeenat N. Hasan, Co-Founder, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Arizona Chapter at 2:40pm

UPDATE: On March 12, 2014 we appealed the dismissal of our challenge to Arizona’s discriminatory race- and sex-based abortion ban (HB 2443).

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the…

Big Data: NSA, Facebook—and My University?

Big Data: NSA, Facebook—and My University?

By Bennett Stein, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 12:51pm

On Sunday, the New York Times published an extensive piece surveying the ways American universities are using their access to students’ information to tailor their college experiences. Universities collect a huge amount of data on their students—course…

"No One Should Go Through What I Went Through"

By Diana Kasdan, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:30pm

That’s what Bethany Cajúne told me the first time we spoke about her experience in Montana’s Lake County Detention Facility. “No one should go through what I went through.” We filed a case earlier today to make sure…

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,…

I Don't Care What Your Doctor Says. You're Fired!

I Don't Care What Your Doctor Says. You're Fired!

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:46am

Here's the story: a pregnant woman is working, paying her bills, paying taxes, and taking care of her family. She's in the workforce, contributing to the economy, and trying to carve out a little piece of the American dream by doing what everybody…

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...

ACLU Seeks Accountability for Police Violation of the Rights of Domestic Violence Victims

ACLU Seeks Accountability for Police Violation of the Rights of Domestic Violence Victims

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 1:53pm

In 2008, 66 year old Baerbel Roznowski sought a protection order to keep herself safe from her estranged boyfriend, Chan Kim, who had a history of violence. A court issued the order, which said that Kim must stay away from Roznowski and her home and…