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Supreme Court Rules Companies Can Use Religion to Discriminate

A Loss for Women Today in the High Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:16am
The highest court in the country ruled today that it is acceptable for closely held corporations to use their religious beliefs to take away benefits guaranteed to their employees by law – something the Supreme Court has never before sanctioned. Everyone has the right to his or her religious beliefs, but those beliefs cannot be imposed on others.
5 Things Women Should Know About the Hobby Lobby Decision

5 Things Women Should Know About the Hobby Lobby Decision

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:55am

Since the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby can deny contraceptive coverage to its female employees, a lot of people have questions about what that ruling means for women. While there are still some question marks, here are five things you need…

Finally, a movie that makes abortion funny

Finally, a movie that makes abortion funny

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 3:08pm

The new romantic comedy Obvious Child has managed to do something pretty extraordinary — it's made abortion sympathetic, and funny.

Monica Jones at a press conference

Arrested for Walking While Trans: An Interview with Monica Jones

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 11:19am

In Phoenix, Arizona, you can be arrested for repeatedly stopping and engaging a passerby in conversation. This may, under Phoenix law, be evidence that you are "manifesting" an intent to engage in prostitution. Of course, this could also be evidence…

Hobby Lobby and the Dignity of the Refused

Hobby Lobby and the Dignity of the Refused

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 11:12am

Right now we are in a storm of contested rights, as businesses and institutions across the country ask for express legal permission to use religion to discriminate based on sexual orientation, sex, and gender identity.

Last month, the Supreme…

One of These People

The Hobby Lobby Stages of Grief: Stage 2, Anger

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 5:00pm

Have you recovered from last week’s brutal Hobby Lobby opinion yet? I haven’t. According to the Kübler-Ross model of grief, I am still only at stage 2: anger.

And you know what? I’m not okay with reaching acceptance.

So…

Pregnant? Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, and Catholic Hospitals

Pregnant? Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, and Catholic Hospitals

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:27am

Regardless of whether you have been pregnant or not, chances are you can recite the long list of things to avoid in pregnancy: alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, deli meats, unpasteurized cheese, and the list go on.

But one thing that isn't in…

Do They Think We're Stupid?

Do They Think We're Stupid?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 10:41am

Do they think we're stupid?

It's the question I ask myself time and time again as I read about some of the newest restrictions on abortion. Like, for example, the law just enacted by the Missouri legislature, which forces a woman in Missouri…

North Carolina Doubles Down on Shaming Women Who Seek Abortions

North Carolina Doubles Down on Shaming Women Who Seek Abortions

By Andrew Beck, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:01am

Another day, another attempt by politicians to shame and humiliate a woman seeking an abortion. Yet again, the government intrusion pushes right into the exam room.

Today the state of North Carolina is asking an appeals court to reinstate a…

New Alabama Law Puts Teens Who Need Abortions on Trial. That's Dangerous and Cruel.

New Alabama Law Puts Teens Who Need Abortions on Trial. That's Dangerous and Cruel.

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:02pm

Picture this: You are 17 years old, in your senior year of high school, and you've just learned you're pregnant. You'd like to be able to turn to your parents for support but you know you can't. After all, they kicked your older sister out of the house…