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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.
My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from companies that want to violate this law. Here is a story from one of the many women whose boss has tried to deny her birth control.

North Carolina's Badge of Dishonor

North Carolina's Badge of Dishonor

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:06am

Yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory broke his word and ignored his constituents when he signed the #motorcyclevagina bill, which includes sweeping anti-abortion provisions that could force clinics across the state to close.

McCrory's signing follows…

Pregnant Worker in Connecticut Protected From Discrimination by State Law

Pregnant Worker in Connecticut Protected From Discrimination by State Law

By Lining Zhang, ACLU & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:25pm

Like many women, police officer Annie Balcastro of Wallingford, CT faced an uncertain future when she had to request a light-duty accommodation during her pregnancy. Many pregnant workers whose jobs entail physical activity are pushed…

Moving the Ball Forward on Comprehensive Sex Education

Moving the Ball Forward on Comprehensive Sex Education

By Steven Waddy, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 4:56pm

As unbelievable as it sounds, some parts of our country are still teaching abstinence-only sex education in 2013. That’s why Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-C.A., recently reintroduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act…

Just Say "No" to "Don't Say Gay"

Just Say "No" to "Don't Say Gay"

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project & Anna Ziering, LGBT Project at 2:11pm

For a while, it looked as if Tennessee legislators had come to their senses and backed off the bill popularly known as "Don't Say Gay." Unfortunately, the bill is now roaring forward again, but there may still be a chance of stopping it.

In…

Tennessee and Virginia Agree: Stop Shackling Pregnant Women

By Diana Kasdan, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:02am

Women's dignity was vindicated twice in a double dose of justice on Thursday. A federal jury in Tennessee awarded Juana Villegas $200,000 as compensation for the suffering she endured when the Davidson County Sheriff's Office unconstitutionally…

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,…

The Other Front: Military Rape Survivors Denied Abortion Coverage

The Other Front: Military Rape Survivors Denied Abortion Coverage

By Jessica Kenyon at 6:02pm

We are defending a Constitution that doesn’t apply to us. This was a phrase I heard often after I joined the U.S. Army in 2005. At the time, I didn’t realize just how true that would be. I was raped by a fellow soldier when I was stationed…

Blog Series on Reproductive Rights in Prison

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:57pm
RH Reality Check ran a great series last week on reproductive rights in prison, an issue which the ACLU has done quite a bit of work. The blog postings ranged from sexual abuse in prison to mothering as a reproductive right. I've pasted some excerpts…