Abortion Legislation

Extremist Personhood Initiatives Prove To Be a Losing Strategy. Help Us Continue to Win the War on Women

Extremist Personhood Initiatives Prove To Be a Losing Strategy. Help Us Continue to Win the War on Women

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:08pm
In the midst of endless attacks on women's health, there have been a few recent victories worth celebrating. Yesterday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a group calling itself "Personhood USA" cannot use the ballot initiative process to ban abortion (and contraception, in vitro fertilization, and miscarriage treatment as well). Intent on granting legal rights to fertilized eggs, these anti-choice activists sought to strip women of their right to determine when and whether to access those critical health care services. The court correctly reasoned that such a ban is "repugnant to the Constitution of the United States," and that allowing it on the ballot would therefore result in nothing but "a costly and futile election." The ACLU and the ACLU of Oklahoma, along with the Center for Reproductive Rights, challenged the initiative in March, and on behalf of the state's women and families, we are enormously grateful and relieved that it won't be on the ballot in November.
California Pushes Back on the War on Women

California Pushes Back on the War on Women

By Maggie Crosby, ACLU of Northern California at 4:11pm

Across the country we're seeing ongoing attacks on access to reproductive health care. The Guttmacher Institute released data last week detailing that just a few months into 2012, hundreds of provisions to restrict abortion access have been introduced…

ACLU Lens: Using Religion as an Excuse for Discrimination

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:21pm

This week, the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops is holding its annual meeting in Baltimore. The bishops are the lobbying arm of the Catholic church, and they hold substantial sway over lawmakers. But instead of focusing on issues like poverty…

Message From Mississippi: Trust Women, And Leave Our Families Alone.

Message From Mississippi: Trust Women, And Leave Our Families Alone.

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:44pm

Red state, blue state — it doesn't make a difference. The message to government is clear: Keep out of our bedrooms, our doctors’ offices, and our personal lives.

Arizona Law Says Choose Between Donations and Providing Care to Women

Arizona Law Says Choose Between Donations and Providing Care to Women

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 12:40pm

Just months after Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl made false and misleading statements about Planned Parenthood's prenatal services, Arizona is once again attacking groups that provide abortion information or services. The latest scheme: A law to rewrite…

Reflections on a Decade of Reproductive Freedom

Reflections on a Decade of Reproductive Freedom

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 2:38pm

This week, we mark the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that significantly expanded the ability of women across the country to decide whether and when to become a parent. We also stand at the beginning of a new decade and at a moment that calls for reflection.

Finally, a movie that makes abortion funny

Finally, a movie that makes abortion funny

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 3:08pm

The new romantic comedy Obvious Child has managed to do something pretty extraordinary — it's made abortion sympathetic, and funny.

Abortion is Safe. Let's Keep it Safe.

Abortion is Safe. Let's Keep it Safe.

By Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:24pm

Read the article at The Daily Beast.

Today, abortion is an extremely safe procedure with a safety record of over 99 percent. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are putting the pedal to the metal in states across the country to keep it this…

Missouri Is Having Its Own Wendy Davis Moment

Missouri Is Having Its Own Wendy Davis Moment

By Carolyn Ehrlich, Political Strategist, ACLU at 12:15pm

Right now, something big is brewing in Missouri.

For the last several hours I've been standing with Missouri women at the state capitol – and they're just getting started. Inspired by Wendy Davis, they're staging a 72-hour Women's Filibuster…

A Heartbreaking Situation

A Heartbreaking Situation

By Meredith Kormes, Political Strategist, ACLU at 10:05am

Missouri legislators have introduced more than a dozen bills intended to interfere with a woman’s access to abortion. Three bills (HB 1307/HB 1313/SB 519) that were recently debated in the Missouri House and Senate would block a woman needing an…

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