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.

North Dakota Today. What's Next Tomorrow?

North Dakota Today. What's Next Tomorrow?

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:10pm
Today, North Dakota achieved the shameful distinction of enacting the most restrictive law on abortion in any state. In addition to passing a bill that would ban abortions after only six weeks of pregnancy, Gov. Jack Dalrymple also signed into law a separate bill that targets women with medically complicated pregnancies and a bill designed to shut down the one abortion clinic in the state.
North Dakota Might Ban Abortion. What Do You Need to Know?

North Dakota Might Ban Abortion. What Do You Need to Know?

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 2:15pm

What passed the legislature in North Dakota?

Two bills are on their way to the Governor's desk: HB 1456 would ban most abortions. The ban on abortion starts very early in pregnancy, before a woman may know the health of her pregnancy…

How Can North Dakota Pols Ban Abortion? Let Me Count the Ways.

How Can North Dakota Pols Ban Abortion? Let Me Count the Ways.

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:31pm

Update: The North Dakota legislature passed a bill today that bans most abortions in the state. Should this bill be signed into law by the governor, North Dakota will become the first state in the nation to ban most abortions.

Some politicians…

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:13am

On this International Women's Day, March 8, we call on the United States government to apply the same human rights principles it preaches for women elsewhere around the world, to women here at home. We are currently in the middle of the two-week United…

Arkansas Passes Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation

Arkansas Passes Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:24pm

Today the most severe abortion ban in the country passed in Arkansas. This is a sad day, not only for the women and families of Arkansas, but for women across the country.

This afternoon, the Arkansas House voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's…

Women’s History Month: We’ve Come So Far, We Have So Far to Go

Women’s History Month: We’ve Come So Far, We Have So Far to Go

By Emily Carter, Legal Assistant, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 5:31pm

Today is March 1st – the start of Women’s History Month, which is dedicated to honoring women throughout history who have taken part in the movement to advance women’s rights. Over the years, women have fought tirelessly against discrimination…

Some Arkansas Legislators Do the Time Warp; Pass Most Extreme Abortion Bill In The Nation

Some Arkansas Legislators Do the Time Warp; Pass Most Extreme Abortion Bill In The Nation

By Hayley Smith, Advocacy and Policy Associate, ACLU at 4:52pm

This morning I sat at my desk in disbelief, as I heard the news that the Arkansas legislature passed two abortion bans today...

2013 Has Just Started and We’re In For A Bumpy Ride

2013 Has Just Started and We’re In For A Bumpy Ride

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:08pm

Think the war on women is over? Think again.

Some politicians have decided to start the 2013 state legislative session by targeting women's reproductive health.

Yesterday in North Dakota, state senators voted on a measure that could…

Which State Will Ban Abortion First?

Which State Will Ban Abortion First?

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 1:26pm

Isn't it outrageous that we even have to ask that question?

In Arkansas this week, the State Senate passed a bill that would ban almost all abortions. Within a month, women in Arkansas could be prevented from receiving abortion care, no matter…

Forty Years After Roe, the American People Have Spoken. Will Politicians Finally Listen?

Forty Years After Roe, the American People Have Spoken. Will Politicians Finally Listen?

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:12am

Forty years ago today, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that recognized that a pregnant woman...

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