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.

Gerson Gets it Wrong on Contraception

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:44pm
Earlier this week, Michael Gerson’s disregard for the health of women and their families appeared once again on the pages of the Washington Post.
The Komen Foundation: Just the Tip of Iceberg.

The Komen Foundation: Just the Tip of Iceberg.

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:15pm

Last year, many states put politics before health and cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other health care facilities that provide critical services for low-income women and men.

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.

Serving the People or the Bishops?

Serving the People or the Bishops?

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:15pm

The politically powerful U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have been on an all-out campaign to force their beliefs on the rest of us.

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…

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.

Reproductive Rights Shouldn't Be Just for the Rich

Reproductive Rights Shouldn't Be Just for the Rich

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:11pm

I just returned from spending two weeks in Alaska challenging a law that withholds almost all Medicaid coverage for abortion from qualified women. Alaska is really far away, and two weeks is a long time to be away from my family, including my two-year-old…

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…

I Can’t Afford to Let My Boss Interfere With My Health Care Decisions

I Can’t Afford to Let My Boss Interfere With My Health Care Decisions

By Alice S.

The Affordable Care Act makes effective birth control more affordable for millions of women by requiring employer-based health plans to include no-cost coverage for contraceptives.  On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear…

In South Dakota, The Wolf Has Lost Its Clothes

In South Dakota, The Wolf Has Lost Its Clothes

By Shivana Jorawar, Esq., National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum at 2:32pm

Next week, the South Dakota legislature is expected to pass HB 1162, a bill that stereotypes Asian immigrants and restricts access to abortion. Supporters of the measure are using racially inflammatory language, invoking nativism and warning of the…

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