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As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:55pm
Late last week, the Arkansas Medical Board initially voted 7-6 not to intrude into the relationship between women and their doctors. They declined to require medical providers to perform an ultrasound exam for a woman seeking abortion care, and then – regardless of the patient's wishes – to inform her if the exam detected a fetal heart tone.
A Win for Transgender Students You May Have Missed

A Win for Transgender Students You May Have Missed

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:17pm

This piece originally appeared in Slate on Dec. 3, 2014.

On Monday, the Department of Education released a long-awaited, much-needed guidance for elementary and secondary schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes.

Included…

Treating School Kids Differently Based on Sex = Discrimination

Treating School Kids Differently Based on Sex = Discrimination

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:08pm

It should be a foregone conclusion that treating boys and girls differently in school is sex discrimination. Except in many schools across the country that isn't the case. Hopefully that's about to change.

A guidance document issued Monday…

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:09am

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. She requested a light-duty position so she would not have to lift heavy packages.

Sounds…

A Choice No Mother Should Have to Make

A Choice No Mother Should Have to Make

By Meghan McInerney at 2:42pm

Update: Nursing moms are now eligible for accommodations! The ABIM has just posted its new policy on its website, making nursing mothers eligible for additional break time and a private place to pump during any of the tests it administers. Thanks to…

The 'Brass Ceiling' Is Still Alive and Well in the US Military

The 'Brass Ceiling' Is Still Alive and Well in the US Military

By Greg Jacob, Policy Director, Service Women's Action Network at 12:42pm

The following is an excerpt from an oped on integrating women into combat positions that ran in Defense One on November 12. You can read the full piece here.

A key lawsuit that fights for women in combat is still moving through the courts.

As…

Red State Myth Busting: North Dakota Voters Resoundingly Reject Restrictions on Abortion and Other Health Care

Red State Myth Busting: North Dakota Voters Resoundingly Reject Restrictions on Abortion and Other Health Care

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:03pm

If you stand up for the health and dignity of women and families, you may see little to celebrate in Tuesday's election, but there are still bright spots. One of the brightest is North Dakota, where voters roundly rejected an extreme and dangerous…

The Fight to Take Back Our Genes Moves to Canada

The Fight to Take Back Our Genes Moves to Canada

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:43am

The fight against gene patents has migrated north.

In the first challenge to gene patents in Canada, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario earlier this week brought suit against the University of Utah for trying to claim monopoly ownership…

Victims of Crime No Longer Have to Fear Calling 911 in Pennsylvania

Victims of Crime No Longer Have to Fear Calling 911 in Pennsylvania

By Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 4:52pm

No one should be afraid to call 911 when facing danger in their home.

Yet, across the country, towns and cities have passed local laws – often called nuisance or crime free ordinances – that punish property owners and push for eviction…

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…