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.

Ultrasound Bill Won't Fly, Even in the "Reddest" of States

Ultrasound Bill Won't Fly, Even in the "Reddest" of States

By Monica Hopkins, ACLU of Idaho at 12:26pm

I've been repeatedly asked, "What happened? How did you do it?" I can only come up with this answer. Women were watching — and Idahoans got engaged.

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.

Thanks Birth Control!

Thanks Birth Control!

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:57am

Just in time for Thanksgiving, it's time to give thanks to our favorite wingwoman: Birth control.

I am just one of the many, many people who are thankful for birth control. Today on "Thanks Birth Control" Day, let me count the ways:

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Hey, Congress! Halloween Was Last Week

Hey, Congress! Halloween Was Last Week

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 2:18pm

Am I confused, or didn't we celebrate Halloween last week? I distinctly remember handing out candy to the ghouls and goblins that banged on my door demanding sweets. But it looks like anti-choice lawmakers didn't check their calendar, because they're…

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:29am

Last week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to preliminarily block the federal contraceptive rule in a case brought by a health food company, Eden Foods. The company argued that the federal rule that requires the inclusion of contraceptive…

STEALTH ATTACK: Don't Let it Fool You!

STEALTH ATTACK: Don't Let it Fool You!

By Kelsey Townsend, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU & Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:38am

If it weren't for the serious life-altering implications of the anti-abortion bills passed this year all over the country, it would be downright comical. From legislators in North Carolina tacking abortion legislation onto a motorcycle safety bill,…

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…

Lone Star State Not Alone

Lone Star State Not Alone

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 4:34pm

Yesterday thousands of activists came to the Texas capitol to #standwithTXwomen. Today, the fight continues as the Texas legislature hears testimony about a bill that could shut down almost 90 percent of the abortion clinics in the state and ban abortion…

Reproductive Health Restrictions Hurt Asian-American Women

Reproductive Health Restrictions Hurt Asian-American Women

By Zeenat N. Hasan, Co-Founder, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Arizona Chapter at 2:40pm

UPDATE: On March 12, 2014 we appealed the dismissal of our challenge to Arizona’s discriminatory race- and sex-based abortion ban (HB 2443).

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the…

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