Contraception

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.

Another Challenge to the Federal Contraception Rule, Another Friend-of-the-Court Brief

Another Challenge to the Federal Contraception Rule, Another Friend-of-the-Court Brief

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:26pm

There are now over 35 lawsuits challenging a federal rule that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception without a co-pay.

A Victory for Women: Employer Can't Use Its Religion to Deny Birth Control Coverage for Its Employees

A Victory for Women: Employer Can't Use Its Religion to Deny Birth Control Coverage for Its Employees

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Anthony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Eastern Missouri at 2:32pm

On Friday, a district court in Missouri rejected a case brought by a mining company challenging the federal birth control rule that requires employer health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay.  The Missouri case is one of 30 pending,…

Another One Bites the Dust: Second Challenge to Birth Control Rule Rejected in One Week

Another One Bites the Dust: Second Challenge to Birth Control Rule Rejected in One Week

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:01pm

Courts are making fast work this week of the lawsuits challenging the Obama administration’s rule requiring insurance plans to cover contraception and stop discriminating against women.

Just one day after a federal court in Nebraska threw…

Victory! Senate Blocks Dangerous Blunt Amendment

Victory! Senate Blocks Dangerous Blunt Amendment

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:42pm

Today, the Senate rejected the notion that your boss can decide that you shouldn't have health insurance for cancer screenings, or make you pay out of your pocket for your daughter's vaccinations. But how did such an extreme proposal like the…

Wanted: Women on Birth Control, Not Men on Ham Sandwiches

Wanted: Women on Birth Control, Not Men on Ham Sandwiches

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Dena Sher, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:17pm

Yesterday's House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the new HHS rule that requires insurance plans to include birth control with no co-pay (except for those held by churches or religiously affiliated nonprofits like universities)…

Thank You, Mr. President, for Protecting Our Liberty

Thank You, Mr. President, for Protecting Our Liberty

By Kimberly Humphrey, Washington Legislative Office at 5:06pm

One thing is clear as the bickering on contraception continues — the Obama administration is standing up for women's rights in a big way. Unfortunately, that story has been overshadowed by an attempt to redefine the meaning of religious liberty…

ACLU's Laura Murphy on the "Today" Show Tuesday Morning

ACLU's Laura Murphy on the "Today" Show Tuesday Morning

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 6:02pm

Tune into NBC at 7 a.m. to watch Laura talk about the president's decision that ensures contraception is covered by the new health insurance plans.

Birth Control Decision Defends Religious Liberty

Birth Control Decision Defends Religious Liberty

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:00pm

(A version of this post was originally published in the Washington Post "On Faith" opinion section on Friday, January 20.)

Recognizing the importance of birth control to women’s health and lives, the Obama administration stood…

Opposing Birth Control In the Name of Feminism? Really?

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 10:35am

(Also posted to Feministing.)

Last week, the Institute of Medicine, an independent medical authority, recommended that birth control – more specifically, the full range of FDA approved contraceptives – be among the services covered…

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