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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, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU 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 before, these cases are meritless and harken back to a time that we should not repeat. For example, in 1966, the Piggie Park restaurant in South Carolina refused to serve African-Americans because integration was against the owners’ religious beliefs. The same argument was used to try to get around equal pay and labor protections. The courts did not allow religion to justify discrimination then, and they should not do so now.  
Newest School RFID Scheme is Reminder of Technology’s Surveillance Potential

Newest School RFID Scheme is Reminder of Technology’s Surveillance Potential

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:42pm

It’s funny how unpredictable the course of technology is. A few weeks ago it was reported that a Texas school district plans to implant RFID chips in student IDs, and use them to track the whereabouts of students. RFID chips, of course, are what…

United We Dream

United We Dream

There are 2.1 million of us. Then, there are our parents, friends, and neighbors—courageous, hardworking undocumented Americans. Together, we are 11.2 million. We’ve met and overcome great hardship.

Whose house? Our house! Whose vagina? Not yours, Mr. Speaker.

Whose house? Our house! Whose vagina? Not yours, Mr. Speaker.

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:56pm

Apparently, things are getting a little heated out there in Lansing. Yesterday, despite massive public opposition, the Michigan House of Representatives passed an omnibus abortion bill (which we told you about here ) that could, among other things,…

Eggs Are People. Really?

Eggs Are People. Really?

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:36pm

A ballot initiative in Oklahoma would redefine a "person" to exist from the moment of "fusion of a female egg with a human male sperm to form a new cell."

Pregnancy Discrimination: Another Battleground in the War on Women

Pregnancy Discrimination: Another Battleground in the War on Women

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:32pm

Access to birth control, forced ultrasounds – lately there’s been a lot of news about efforts to roll women’s rights back by decades. Less attention has been paid to the way in which pregnant women and nursing mothers have been…

This Valentine’s Day, Let’s Talk About Sex

By Dahlia Ward McManus, ACLU at 12:19pm

Forget chocolate and cheesy Hallmark cards. Valentine’s Day is a day to remind us to tell the people we love most how much we care about them. And if you have a teen in your life, Valentine’s Day may offer be a perfect opportunity…

Celebrating Our Victories on the Anniversary of Roe

Celebrating Our Victories on the Anniversary of Roe

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:26am

Today's anniversary of Roe v. Wade is the right moment to take careful stock of our victories, what we can learn from them, and to recommit ourselves to demanding more.

Why Ohio's "Heartbeat Bill" is Truly Heartless

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 10:19am

Ohio lawmakers are poised this week to pass the most restrictive law in the nation preventing families from making important health decisions on pregnancy. House Bill 125 would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early…

Message From Mississippi: Trust Women, And Leave Our Families Alone.

Message From Mississippi: Trust Women, And Leave Our Families Alone.

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:44pm

Red state, blue state — it doesn't make a difference. The message to government is clear: Keep out of our bedrooms, our doctors’ offices, and our personal lives.