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.

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 in our country.
Contraception Mandate Doesn't Break New Ground

Contraception Mandate Doesn't Break New Ground

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:55pm

In the past several weeks, as a nation, we’ve been hit by an endless barrage of commentary on the new rule requiring insurance companies to cover contraception with no co-pay. Who would have thought that in 2012, contraception — something…

Why the Contraception Mandate Matters

Why the Contraception Mandate Matters

By Dara at 1:15pm

An employee at a religiously affiliated nonprofit writes about the struggle to get her employer to cover contraception prescribed for conditions like polycystic fibrosis and dysmenorrhea.

Modified Birth Control Rule Should End Controversy (But It Probably Won’t)

Modified Birth Control Rule Should End Controversy (But It Probably Won’t)

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 3:30pm

The administration's actions should lay to rest arguments that religious liberty is under attack in this country.

ACLU on Today: Birth Control Rule Does Not Put Religious Liberty at Risk

ACLU on Today: Birth Control Rule Does Not Put Religious Liberty at Risk

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 12:09pm

Laura Murphy of our Washington Legislative Office appeared to discuss the Obama administration’s plan to retain a proposed rule that ensures new insurance plans cover contraception.

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.

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 affront? The administration’s announcement that all new health insurance…

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.

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…

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