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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 showing that the law would not protect women in any way, and would have a devastating effect on women in the state.  Indeed, the court expressly found that the law has “no rational relationship to improved patient care” and serves no “valid purpose.”  That is why leading medical experts, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Texas Hospital Association, all opposed the law.
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…

I Wish #Motorcyclevagina Were Trending for a Better Reason

I Wish #Motorcyclevagina Were Trending for a Better Reason

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:07pm

A lot has happened in North Carolina this week, and it's only Wednesday! If you haven't been able to keep track of it all, here's the skinny.

First, over 60 activists were arrested at the Capitol on Monday after thousands showed up to protest…

A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families

A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:42am

This week, an Ohio federal jury awarded Christa Dias $171,000 after she was fired from her part-time teaching jobs at two religious schools. Dias had alleged that she was fired for becoming pregnant while unmarried. In response, the schools and the…

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…

On 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Why Talk about Birth Control?

On 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Why Talk about Birth Control?

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:01am

It’s been 40 years since the Supreme Court protected a woman’s right to make a decision about whether to have an abortion...

An Injustice Faced by our Military Women

An Injustice Faced by our Military Women

By Captain Joellen Drag Oslund, USNR (Ret.) at 2:06pm

A longer version of this post originally ran as an opinion piece in in U-T San Diego on Nov. 23, 2012. The Senate is currently debating the defense authorization bill, including the language regarding the ban on military insurance coverage for abortion…

This Is the Year California Will Stop Shackling Pregnant Women

This Is the Year California Will Stop Shackling Pregnant Women

By Alicia M. Walters, ACLU of Northern California at 3:16pm

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is a popular definition of insanity. Those of us across the country trying repeatedly to pass bills that would prohibit the shackling of pregnant women in jails and prisons are hardly…

Religion Doesn’t Justify Discrimination: ACLU Files Brief in Third Contraception Rule Challenge

Religion Doesn’t Justify Discrimination: ACLU Files Brief in Third Contraception Rule Challenge

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Michael J. Steinberg, Legal Director, ACLU of Michigan & Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 12:33pm

Another private company – this one sells lawn and snow removal equipment in Michigan – is challenging the federal rule that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception without a co-pay. As we’ve written…

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…