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How Far Has The Women's Movement Moved In The Last 40 Years?

How Far Has The Women's Movement Moved In The Last 40 Years?

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 3:40pm

Forty years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) board of directors determined that women's rights should be...

Are Genes Patentable? An Insider's Review of the ACLU's Supreme Court Argument on Gene Patenting

Are Genes Patentable? An Insider's Review of the ACLU's Supreme Court Argument on Gene Patenting

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 2:01pm

In honor of DNA Day, celebrated on April 25, the ACLU gives you an insider's take on our Supreme Court Argument on gene patenting.

Are human genes patentable? That is the question at issue in AMP v. Myriad Genetics, which the ACLU argued before…

It's Time to Extend Abortion Coverage to the Women of Peace Corps

It's Time to Extend Abortion Coverage to the Women of Peace Corps

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 12:41pm

When John F. Kennedy signed the executive order creating the Peace Corps over fifty years ago, he said, "Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary, and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet…

Pennsylvania Politicians Ought to be Ashamed: The Latest Attack on Women's Health Care

Pennsylvania Politicians Ought to be Ashamed: The Latest Attack on Women's Health Care

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:30pm

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to block women from having access to comprehensive insurance coverage that includes abortion care. This is yet another example of the continuing attack on women.

Most health insurance…

Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

By Sandra Park, ACLU at 3:24pm

Last year in Norristown, Pa., Lakisha Briggs' boyfriend physically assaulted her, and the police arrested him. But in a cruel turn of events...

Three's a Crowd

Three's a Crowd

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:18pm

Over the weekend extremist politicians continued their onslaught on restricting abortion care. What happened? Well, the saying goes "three's a crowd," and when it comes to interfering in personal decisions best left to a woman, her doctor and her family,…

Kansas No Longer A Place to Call Home?

Kansas No Longer A Place to Call Home?

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:01pm

After her adventures in Oz, Dorothy couldn’t wait to get back to Kansas. But if she lived there now, she might not be so eager to return.  Governor Sam Brownback has just signed yet another bill that makes it more difficult for Kansas women…

States Fight Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination

States Fight Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:48pm

When Peggy Young got pushed out of her job at UPS after she became pregnant, she fought back by bringing a lawsuit against her employer, claiming that UPS discriminated against her by refusing to give her a light duty rotation, even though UPS admitted…

Bringing Down Arkansas' House of Cards

Bringing Down Arkansas' House of Cards

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:44pm

Yesterday, we filed a lawsuit in Arkansas to challenge what was, for a short time, the most extreme abortion ban in the nation. Don't be mistaken though, the Arkansas law is still outrageous - banning most abortions just a few weeks after a…

Enough is Enough: Headed to Court to Stop the Arkansas War on Women

Enough is Enough: Headed to Court to Stop the Arkansas War on Women

By Hayley Smith, Advocacy and Policy Associate, ACLU at 2:17pm

Today we filed litigation challenging a new law in Arkansas that bans abortion starting at 12 weeks – a law that is a clear violation of state legislators' duties to preserve, protect and defend the state and federal constitutions. Our lawsuit asks…