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In Yet Another Act of Courage, Chelsea Manning Comes Out

In Yet Another Act of Courage, Chelsea Manning Comes Out

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 4:23pm
Yesterday, Private Manning was sentenced to serve 35 years in military prison. After sentencing, Manning issued a statement, in which she bravely called for a more just society and stated that if she is not pardoned, she "will serve [her] time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society." Today Ms. Manning again spoke her truth and bravely came out as transgender: "I am Chelsea Manning," she announced. "I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible." The Army responded by stating that it does "not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder." Not only should Chelsea Manning not have to pay the price of a 35-year prison term for sharing information with the press in the public interest, but she should also not have to experience the added punishment of going without necessary medical care.
Don't Segregate Boys and Girls in Classrooms

Don't Segregate Boys and Girls in Classrooms

By Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University at 11:35am

Is your daughter a tomboy? Your son not especially into football? Does your daughter excel at math...

The Anti-Abortion Agenda Explained (Here's a Hint: It's Not About Women's Safety)

The Anti-Abortion Agenda Explained (Here's a Hint: It's Not About Women's Safety)

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 8:18am

During the current legislative session, more than 300 provisions were introduced across the country to prevent access to abortion...

Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:43pm

I've had it. Dozens of restrictions to abortion access have already passed this year across the country, with Texas in the national spotlight. And just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, politicians in the Lone Star State have stepped up to…

North Carolina's Badge of Dishonor

North Carolina's Badge of Dishonor

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU & Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:06am

Yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory broke his word and ignored his constituents when he signed the #motorcyclevagina bill, which includes sweeping anti-abortion provisions that could force clinics across the state to close.

McCrory's signing follows…

One Step Closer to Extending Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

One Step Closer to Extending Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 3:12pm

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen nothing but attack after attack on women’s reproductive health. So in a welcomed change of direction, we finally have some terrific news to report. Today, the Senate bill that funds the Peace Corps program…

North Carolina Politicians Taking Ladies for a Ride

North Carolina Politicians Taking Ladies for a Ride

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:19am

UPDATE (July 25, 2013): The #motorcyclevagina bill just passed the Senate and is on its way to the Governor. But North Carolinians still don’t want politicians meddling in health care decisions. It seems legislators still haven’t gotten…

Back Off DC Women Already!

Back Off DC Women Already!

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 2:10pm

Yesterday, a House committee voted down an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) that would have allowed the District of Columbia to use its own local funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women.

It's…

The War on Women 2.0: Do They Think We’re Stupid?

The War on Women 2.0: Do They Think We’re Stupid?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 2:09pm

Many state legislatures are packing up for the summer, ending a year of full throttle attacks by extremist politicians on our reproductive health decisions.  Reflecting on the last six months, I am left with one big question: Do they think we’re…