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From Drop Outs to Diplomas: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers

From Drop Outs to Diplomas: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers

By Emily Carter, Legal Assistant, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 12:56pm
Earlier this week, the United States Department of Education issued a guidance on supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The last time the Department spoke on this issue was in a pamphlet, back in 1991. Twenty two years later, this guidance, which provides additional clarification, is sorely necessary. The dropout rate for pregnant and parenting students is astounding: "Fifty-one percent of young women who had a child before age 20 earned their high school diploma by age 22…Only 2 percent of young women who had a child before age 18 earned a college degree by age 30," writes Seth Galanter, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, in a Dear Colleague letter.
What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:51am

Yesterday, the Texas State Senate was poised to give final approval to a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would have blocked most of Texas from access to safe and legal abortion care. But the people of Texas stood strong and said no. Medical groups  …

A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court

A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Tara Norris, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 11:56am

Yesterday, in an important First Amendment decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the government may not require federal grant recipients to endorse the government's policy positions. The decision in Agency for International Development v. Alliance…

Military Reveals Plans For Integrating Women Into Combat Units, But Many Questions Remain

Military Reveals Plans For Integrating Women Into Combat Units, But Many Questions Remain

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 11:02am

Yesterday, the Pentagon made public the plans that each branch of the military submitted to the Secretary of Defense explaining plans...

Oregon Legislature Repeals Surgery Requirement for Gender Change on Birth Certificate

Oregon Legislature Repeals Surgery Requirement for Gender Change on Birth Certificate

By Becky Straus, Legislative Director, ACLU of Oregon & Kevin Díaz, Legal Director, ACLU of Oregon & Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 3:55pm

With Gov. Kitzhaber's approval of HB 2093 yesterday, transgender people in Oregon will no longer have to show proof of surgery in order to change their birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender. Previously, Oregon law required surgery in…

Stopping Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All: New York Leads the Way

Stopping Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All: New York Leads the Way

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Katharine Bodde, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:32pm

Julie Desantis-Mayer had worked as a package driver at UPS for nearly ten years before she and her husband made the decision...

Human Gene Patents Struck Down: Reactions from the Plaintiffs

Human Gene Patents Struck Down: Reactions from the Plaintiffs

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:18pm

For the last four years, I've had the honor of representing 20 amazing organizations and individuals in our challenge to human gene patents. They include: leading organizations of pathologists and geneticists; scientists, physicians, and genetic counselors…

VICTORY! Supreme Court Decides: Our Genes Belong to Us, Not Companies

VICTORY! Supreme Court Decides: Our Genes Belong to Us, Not Companies

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:35am

Should companies be able to patent human genes? Today, the Supreme Court answered that profound question with a resounding NO.

Seems like common sense, right? But over the last 30 years, the U.S. Patent Office has issued patents on thousands…

Celebrating Equal Pay (And Bacon!) at the White House

Celebrating Equal Pay (And Bacon!) at the White House

By Meghan Groob, Media Relations Associate, ACLU at 2:59pm

Fifty years ago this week, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in the East Room while surrounded by leaders of the women's rights movement. And on Monday, President Obama celebrated its 50th anniversary with a ceremony in the East Room, and…