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.

Why Are Michigan Politicians Adopting Ireland’s Deadly Abortion Policy?

Why Are Michigan Politicians Adopting Ireland’s Deadly Abortion Policy?

By Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:29pm
By now, most of us have read (and wept over) the tragic story of Savita Halappanavar -- the woman an Irish hospital let die rather than provide the abortion that she needed to save her life. News of her death has generated outrage across the globe and a call from Secretary Clinton to the Irish government to ensure that women are protected.
This is What Democracy Looks Like? The War on Women Moves Behind Closed Doors in Michigan

This is What Democracy Looks Like? The War on Women Moves Behind Closed Doors in Michigan

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:16pm

Yesterday, Michiganders were illegally blocked from entering the State Capitol as their legislature passed controversial bills. Hundreds of people came to the Capitol to have their voices heard, but they were kept out of the political process by the…

Michigan Capitol LOCKDOWN! In the Last Days of Legislative Session, Michigan Politicians Take Extreme Measures to Attack Women’s Heath

Michigan Capitol LOCKDOWN! In the Last Days of Legislative Session, Michigan Politicians Take Extreme Measures to Attack Women’s Heath

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 3:20pm

Some politicians in Michigan are at it again – they are pushing a revised version of the sweeping anti-abortion bill that could threaten to close women’s health care centers. We beat back this bill before and now it is urgent these state…

More Challenges to the Contraception Rule, More Misguided Arguments

More Challenges to the Contraception Rule, More Misguided Arguments

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:45am

There are now close to 40 challenges to the federal birth control rule, which ensures that employees have insurance coverage for contraception.  Why so many lawsuits, you ask?  The answer is not entirely clear, but one thing is certain: each…

State Legislators Double Down on Most Restrictive Abortion Law in Nation

State Legislators Double Down on Most Restrictive Abortion Law in Nation

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 5:56pm

Yesterday, retiring Ohio GOP Congressman Steve LaTourette made national headlines while discussing the recent presidential election. He said:

My wife’s a Democrat, and she was so close to voting for Mitt Romney. But then, you know,…

Enough Is Enough: War on Women Back in Virginia

Enough Is Enough: War on Women Back in Virginia

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:48pm

Good medicine cannot co-exist with the extreme, ideological attacks on access to abortion.  The latest evidence of this comes from the state of Virginia, which has already served as a key battleground for the war on women.

For example,…

A Victory for Women: Employer Can't Use Its Religion to Deny Birth Control Coverage for Its Employees

A Victory for Women: Employer Can't Use Its Religion to Deny Birth Control Coverage for Its Employees

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Anthony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Eastern Missouri at 2:32pm

On Friday, a district court in Missouri rejected a case brought by a mining company challenging the federal birth control rule that requires employer health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay.  The Missouri case is one of 30 pending,…

Sad Day For Science and Women’s Health

Sad Day For Science and Women’s Health

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:20pm

Today, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli strong-armed the VA Board of Health into reversing previous decisions based on medical evidence and patient safety in favor of unprecedented regulations on doctors and facilities that provide abortion…

A Reminder We Didn't Need from Missouri: Women's Health is Under Attack

A Reminder We Didn't Need from Missouri: Women's Health is Under Attack

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 2:35pm

Do we need another reminder about how state legislatures are a key battleground for women's health? Or about how so many politicians are out of touch? We do not. But we got one anyway.

Yesterday, the Missouri legislature voted to override Governor…

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Dance!

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Dance!

By Merissa Kovach, Field Organizer, ACLU of Michigan & Maggie McGuire, Communications Associate, ACLU of Michigan at 5:22pm

As Michigan legislators observed states quickly upping the ante with extreme war on women policies like the personhood amendments and mandatory vaginal probe laws, they must have grown tired of our state merely being a face in the crowd; so they decided…

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