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Hey, Congress! Halloween Was Last Week

Hey, Congress! Halloween Was Last Week

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 2:18pm
Am I confused, or didn't we celebrate Halloween last week? I distinctly remember handing out candy to the ghouls and goblins that banged on my door demanding sweets. But it looks like anti-choice lawmakers didn't check their calendar, because they're scaring the U.S. populace with terrible legislation introduced today threatening women's health and wellbeing. That's enough to snap you out of your Halloween candy-induced sugar coma.
We are Not Giving Up, Texas Women

We are Not Giving Up, Texas Women

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:51pm

Today we filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to temporarily block a Texas law that requires doctors who perform abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Simply put, the law is wreaking havoc on women throughout…

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…

Court to Texas: Abortion Law Serves No Valid Purpose

Court to Texas: Abortion Law Serves No Valid Purpose

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:44pm

In a crucial victory for Texas women and families, a federal district court held unconstitutional a law requiring physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.  The Texas court based its decision on evidence…

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:29am

Last week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to preliminarily block the federal contraceptive rule in a case brought by a health food company, Eden Foods. The company argued that the federal rule that requires the inclusion of contraceptive…

STEALTH ATTACK: Don't Let it Fool You!

STEALTH ATTACK: Don't Let it Fool You!

By Kelsey Townsend, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU & Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:38am

If it weren't for the serious life-altering implications of the anti-abortion bills passed this year all over the country, it would be downright comical. From legislators in North Carolina tacking abortion legislation onto a motorcycle safety bill,…

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…