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.

We are Not Giving Up, Texas Women

We are Not Giving Up, Texas Women

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:51pm
Today we filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to temporarily block a Texas law that requires doctors who perform abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
"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…

Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:43pm

I've had it. Dozens of restrictions to abortion access have already passed this year across the country, with Texas in the national spotlight. And just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, politicians in the Lone Star State have stepped up to…

How I'm Celebrating Gloria Steinem's Birthday

How I'm Celebrating Gloria Steinem's Birthday

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 8:23am

What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? The answer is clear - menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Boys…

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:51am

Yesterday, the Texas State Senate was poised to give final approval to a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would have blocked most of Texas from access to safe and legal abortion care. But the people of Texas stood strong and said no. Medical groups  …

Albuquerque Voters Decisively Reject Abortion Ban: Can You Hear Us Now?

Albuquerque Voters Decisively Reject Abortion Ban: Can You Hear Us Now?

By Hayley Smith, Advocacy and Policy Associate, ACLU at 1:44pm

Yesterday, voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico stood up for women and families, turning out in force to defeat a proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks by a 10 point margin. Time and again, we've seen women and families raise their voices to oppose…

I Don't Care What Your Doctor Says. You're Fired!

I Don't Care What Your Doctor Says. You're Fired!

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:46am

Here's the story: a pregnant woman is working, paying her bills, paying taxes, and taking care of her family. She's in the workforce, contributing to the economy, and trying to carve out a little piece of the American dream by doing what everybody…

North Carolina Politicians Taking Ladies for a Ride

North Carolina Politicians Taking Ladies for a Ride

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:19am

UPDATE (July 25, 2013): The #motorcyclevagina bill just passed the Senate and is on its way to the Governor. But North Carolinians still don’t want politicians meddling in health care decisions. It seems legislators still haven’t gotten…

Showdown in the Lone Star State: Report Back from Today’s Rally in Austin

Showdown in the Lone Star State: Report Back from Today’s Rally in Austin

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 4:10pm

Wow. What a day. I was so proud to be able to stand with Texas women today as 5000 orange-clad activists came to the capitol in Austin to stop the attack on women's reproductive health care. Last week, I was cheering from the sidelines when state…

Stand with Texas Women

Stand with Texas Women

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:47am

Last week, when Wendy Davis stood for over 13 hours to filibuster a sweeping anti-abortion bill, some suggested that Davis is a modern Wonder Woman. Millions of us watched - proud, inspired, awestruck - into the wee hours of the morning last week,…

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