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.

History Is On Our Side: Why the Federal Contraception Rule is Constitutional

History Is On Our Side: Why the Federal Contraception Rule is Constitutional

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Anthony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Eastern Missouri at 5:26pm
History has a way of repeating itself. Almost five decades ago a court in South Carolina considered a claim that a restaurant owner could refuse to serve African-American customers because integration of the races was against his religious beliefs. The court rejected that claim, and courts went on to do the same when faced with other, similar claims that religion can be used to discriminate. 
Michigan’s War on Women Hits Dangerous New Low

Michigan’s War on Women Hits Dangerous New Low

By Kary L. Moss, Executive Director, ACLU of Michigan at 1:24pm

It seems that Michigan politicians are hell-bent on making the cliché “when the country catches a cold, Michigan gets pneumonia” a reality.

For proof, look no further than the more than 50 pages that make up a three-bill…

Reproductive Health Victory in Kansas? Say that Again?

Reproductive Health Victory in Kansas? Say that Again?

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 2:10pm

The Kansas legislature is not known for being friendly to women’s health. Just last year, the Kansas legislature took away family planning and reproductive health services in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood and prohibited women from purchasing…

Will Kansas Legislators Encourage Doctors to Lie and Deny Sick Women Care?

Will Kansas Legislators Encourage Doctors to Lie and Deny Sick Women Care?

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 1:47pm

The Kansas House passed an unwieldy 70-page bill, chock full of troubling provisions aimed at depriving a woman from receiving accurate information about her pregnancy, preventing her from accessing medical care and punishing health professionals…

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…

This Week in Civil Liberties (3/30/2012)

This Week in Civil Liberties (3/30/2012)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 7:01pm

In which state did doctors try to force a pregnant woman to have a c-section against her wishes?

What group can no longer be held in solitary confinement in Mississippi?

How many cells compose a person according to Personhood USA's…

Eggs Are People. Really?

Eggs Are People. Really?

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:36pm

A ballot initiative in Oklahoma would redefine a "person" to exist from the moment of "fusion of a female egg with a human male sperm to form a new cell."

This Week in Civil Liberties (3/23/2012)

This Week in Civil Liberties (3/23/2012)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 5:39pm

Some employers are asking job applicants for their passwords to which social networking site?

Which court ruled that a law that protects pregnant workers is unenforceable?

Which country is the only one in the world that sentences…

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…

ACLU Lens: White House Affirms Contraception Coverage for Millions of Women

ACLU Lens: White House Affirms Contraception Coverage for Millions of Women

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 1:32pm

Last week, the Obama administration stood for reproductive rights and refused to broaden exemptions to a rule that requires employers to provide health insurance for contraception.

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