Contraception

House Takes Aim at Women's Health in Shutdown Fight

House Takes Aim at Women's Health in Shutdown Fight

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:26pm
If you thought last week's shenanigans in Congress couldn't get any more ridiculous, think again.
Today in Contraception Rule Litigation

Today in Contraception Rule Litigation

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:34pm

The past few days have seen a quick succession of events in the continuing legal challenges to the contraception coverage rule. Even close watchers of the over 70 cases that have been filed could be forgiven for struggling to keep up. Today, the DC…

Contraceptive Rule Lawsuits Tally: Women Are Winning 2-1, and the Cases Are Headed to the Supreme Court

Contraceptive Rule Lawsuits Tally: Women Are Winning 2-1, and the Cases Are Headed to the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:21pm

Soon the Supreme Court could decide whether for-profit employers have the right to discriminate...

Reproductive Rights and Yesterday's Budget Release

Reproductive Rights and Yesterday's Budget Release

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:03am

President Obama yesterday released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. Here are five things you should know about how it affects reproductive rights:

Home Rule for the District of Columbia

As he has…

'Bama Hits Below the Belt: Another Effort to Restrict Women's Health

'Bama Hits Below the Belt: Another Effort to Restrict Women's Health

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:11pm

In the latest affront to women's health, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law a bill that could force health centers in the state to close their doors if they provide abortion care. We may not all see eye-to-eye about abortion, but most…

Birth Control: A Game Changer for Women

Birth Control: A Game Changer for Women

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:39pm

We've said it before and we'll say it again: the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage rule is a breakthrough for women's health, ensuring that millions of women will have access to affordable, effective contraception. But anti-family planning…

Native American Women Demand Rightful Access to Emergency Contraception

Native American Women Demand Rightful Access to Emergency Contraception

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Charon Asetoyer, CEO, Native American Community Board at 2:31pm

Imagine being denied emergency contraception after a sexual assault; to not even be informed about the steps you can take to prevent an unwanted pregnancy; and to later find yourself pregnant as a result of the rape.

For thousands of Native…

ACLU Lens: Contraception Coverage Good for Women but Debate Leads to Bigger Questions

ACLU Lens: Contraception Coverage Good for Women but Debate Leads to Bigger Questions

By Meghan Groob, Media Strategist, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:04pm

Last week, the Obama administration released a proposed rule implementing the requirement that insurance plans cover birth control...

The First Contraceptive Rule Case to Reach an Appeals Court on the Merits

The First Contraceptive Rule Case to Reach an Appeals Court on the Merits

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:31pm

Yesterday the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the first challenge to the federal contraceptive rule to reach an appeals court on the merits.  The federal contraceptive rule requires health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay, and despite the plethora of lawsuits, the rule is clearly constitutional.     

It Doesn’t Matter How Many Lawsuits Are Filed, the Contraception Rule Is Constitutional

It Doesn’t Matter How Many Lawsuits Are Filed, the Contraception Rule Is Constitutional

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:20pm

Sheer repetition of an incorrect argument does not make that argument correct.  This holds true for the lawsuits challenging the federal contraception rule, which ensures that millions of women will have access to contraception without a co-pay.  Those who are trying to eliminate the rule in the courts have now filed almost 45 lawsuits.  They can file 100 lawsuits, but it won’t change the legal analysis.  As we’ve said before, the contraception rule is constitutional.  For the last five decades, courts have held that rules designed to eradicate discrimination – like the contraception rule – cannot be trumped by a business owner’s religious beliefs.

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