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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...

Forty Years After Roe, the American People Have Spoken. Will Politicians Finally Listen?

Forty Years After Roe, the American People Have Spoken. Will Politicians Finally Listen?

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:12am

Forty years ago today, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that recognized that a pregnant woman...

UPS Pushed Me Out Of The Workplace When I Got Pregnant

UPS Pushed Me Out Of The Workplace When I Got Pregnant

By Julie Desantis-Mayer at 4:15pm

I've worked at United Parcel Service (UPS) for almost 10 years.  Initially I got this job because I needed a part-time job with benefits while attending college and UPS seemed like an ideal place to work. Reality set in nine years later when I…

The First Contraceptive Rule Case to Reach an Appeals Court on the Merits

The First Contraceptive Rule Case to Reach an Appeals Court on the Merits

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:31pm

Yesterday the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the first challenge to the federal contraceptive rule to reach an appeals court on the merits.  The federal contraceptive rule requires health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay, and despite the plethora of lawsuits, the rule is clearly constitutional.     

It Doesn’t Matter How Many Lawsuits Are Filed, the Contraception Rule Is Constitutional

It Doesn’t Matter How Many Lawsuits Are Filed, the Contraception Rule Is Constitutional

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:20pm

Sheer repetition of an incorrect argument does not make that argument correct.  This holds true for the lawsuits challenging the federal contraception rule, which ensures that millions of women will have access to contraception without a co-pay.  Those who are trying to eliminate the rule in the courts have now filed almost 45 lawsuits.  They can file 100 lawsuits, but it won’t change the legal analysis.  As we’ve said before, the contraception rule is constitutional.  For the last five decades, courts have held that rules designed to eradicate discrimination – like the contraception rule – cannot be trumped by a business owner’s religious beliefs.

Why Are Michigan Politicians Adopting Ireland’s Deadly Abortion Policy?

Why Are Michigan Politicians Adopting Ireland’s Deadly Abortion Policy?

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:29pm

By now, most of us have read (and wept over) the tragic story of Savita Halappanavar -- the woman an Irish hospital let die rather than provide the abortion that she needed to save her life. News of her death has generated outrage across the globe…

This is What Democracy Looks Like? The War on Women Moves Behind Closed Doors in Michigan

This is What Democracy Looks Like? The War on Women Moves Behind Closed Doors in Michigan

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:16pm

Yesterday, Michiganders were illegally blocked from entering the State Capitol as their legislature passed controversial bills. Hundreds of people came to the Capitol to have their voices heard, but they were kept out of the political process by the…

Michigan Capitol LOCKDOWN! In the Last Days of Legislative Session, Michigan Politicians Take Extreme Measures to Attack Women’s Heath

Michigan Capitol LOCKDOWN! In the Last Days of Legislative Session, Michigan Politicians Take Extreme Measures to Attack Women’s Heath

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 3:20pm

Some politicians in Michigan are at it again – they are pushing a revised version of the sweeping anti-abortion bill that could threaten to close women’s health care centers. We beat back this bill before and now it is urgent these state…

Tweet to Restore Fairness to Servicewomen

Tweet to Restore Fairness to Servicewomen

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 3:12pm

We are defending a Constitution that doesn’t apply to us.

Those are the words that a young servicewoman, Jessica Kenyon, shared with us last year.  Jessica joined the U.S. Army in 2005, and while she was stationed in Korea she…

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…