War on Women

The "War on Women" describes the legislative and rhetorical attacks on women and women’s rights taking place across the nation. In includes a wide-range of policy efforts designed to place restrictions on women's health care and erode protections for women and their families. Examples at the state and federal level have included restricting contraception; cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood; state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasounds; abortion taxes; abortion waiting periods; forcing women to tell their employers why they want birth control, and prohibiting insurance companies from including abortion coverage in their policies.

Victory! Court to Bishops: Federal Help for the Most Vulnerable Should Have No Strings Attached

By Andrew Beck, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:27pm
Once again the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has attempted to impose its religious beliefs on those who don't share them. This time, they did so in an attempt to deny victims of human trafficking access to reproductive health services in a federally funded program.
Change Is A-Coming (Or, as They Say in Oklahoma, "If I Wanted Government in My Womb, I'd F*ck a Senator.")

Change Is A-Coming (Or, as They Say in Oklahoma, "If I Wanted Government in My Womb, I'd F*ck a Senator.")

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:32pm

I am so excited I am beside myself. I'm a long-time reproductive health advocate looking at politicians around the country lining up to make it harder for a woman to get birth control, to defund Planned Parenthood, and to set up demeaning and obstructive…

Score One for Women's Health! Obama Administration Stands Up For Birth Control

Score One for Women's Health! Obama Administration Stands Up For Birth Control

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:39pm

Today, the Obama administration announced that it would keep in place a proposed rule that ensures that new insurance plans include contraception coverage.

Contraceptive Coverage Should Be the Rule, Not the Exception

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:53pm

Far too often, government policies tend to be at odds with reality when it comes to women's reproductive health by ignoring the services that women need most. Which is why guidelines recently issued by the Department of Human Services requiring…

STEALTH ATTACK: Don't Let it Fool You!

STEALTH ATTACK: Don't Let it Fool You!

By Kelsey Townsend, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU & Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:38am

If it weren't for the serious life-altering implications of the anti-abortion bills passed this year all over the country, it would be downright comical. From legislators in North Carolina tacking abortion legislation onto a motorcycle safety bill,…

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:07am

Some anniversaries just don't deserve a celebration, and today is one of them. Thirty-seven years ago today, Congress shut off Medicaid coverage for abortion care, unfairly targeting low-income women.

The Hyde Amendment, which was enacted…

"Get out of my doctor's office" is right!

"Get out of my doctor's office" is right!

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:22am

By now, I'll bet you've seen the ad. The creepy one. With the young woman visiting her doctor for an annual well-woman exam. After being led to the exam room, the woman waits in stirrups for her doctor to arrive. Then she's horrified when a cartoonish…

The Trend Continues: Abortion Debates Heat Up in Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin

The Trend Continues: Abortion Debates Heat Up in Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 9:55am

Last week, we asked you to #standwithTXwomen as thousands convened in Austin, TX, to try to stop an extreme measure...

Lone Star State Not Alone

Lone Star State Not Alone

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 4:34pm

Yesterday thousands of activists came to the Texas capitol to #standwithTXwomen. Today, the fight continues as the Texas legislature hears testimony about a bill that could shut down almost 90 percent of the abortion clinics in the state and ban abortion…

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…

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