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.

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.

Core Civil Liberties Threatened in State Legislatures: Three Trends to Watch

State legislatures are ground zero in the fight for civil liberties. Although they may not attract as much attention as debates in Congress or arguments in the Supreme Court, they are the source of unprecedented assaults on our most fundamental…

Military Women Deserve Equal Medical Care

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 5:08pm

This post is part of Mom's Rising's Blog Carnival on women's health and economic rights, held this week to commemorate the anniversaries of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment and the 1963 March on Washington.

When Congress returns…

Unintended Pregnancies Are Not the Same as Flat Tires

By Kari Ann Rinker, State Coordinator, Kansas National Organization for Women (NOW) & Member, ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri at 11:28am

Yesterday the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri brought a challenge against my home state's ban on comprehensive insurance coverage of abortion. The case was brought on behalf of the ACLU's members who are losing their abortion coverage as a…

Court Finds South Dakota's Extreme Abortion Law Degrades and Humiliates Women

By & Andrew Beck, Reproductive Freedom Project & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:21am

In a case brought by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, a federal district court judge in South Dakota yesterday blocked the enforcement of the state's extreme abortion law, which was scheduled to take effect today.

The extreme law is just…

A Heartbreaking Situation

A Heartbreaking Situation

By Meredith Kormes, Political Strategist, ACLU at 10:05am

Missouri legislators have introduced more than a dozen bills intended to interfere with a woman’s access to abortion. Three bills (HB 1307/HB 1313/SB 519) that were recently debated in the Missouri House and Senate would block a woman needing an…

In South Dakota, The Wolf Has Lost Its Clothes

In South Dakota, The Wolf Has Lost Its Clothes

By Shivana Jorawar, Esq., National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum at 2:32pm

Next week, the South Dakota legislature is expected to pass HB 1162, a bill that stereotypes Asian immigrants and restricts access to abortion. Supporters of the measure are using racially inflammatory language, invoking nativism and warning of the…

This Week More Troubling Abortion Bills In Alabama

This Week More Troubling Abortion Bills In Alabama

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 2:05pm

Some legislators in the Yellowhammer State seem intent on bringing the hammer down on Alabama women.

Less than a month into the new year, the Alabama House passed HB31 which would permit hospital staff, including any doctor, nurse, counselor,…

Murder is Murder

Murder is Murder

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:07pm

Almost five years ago, the life of a man – a physician and father of four widely regarded as kind, compassionate, and dedicated to his patients – was abruptly ended. On a Sunday in late May of 2009, while Dr. George Tiller handed out flyers at…

Albuquerque: Today's Front Line in the War on Women

Albuquerque: Today's Front Line in the War on Women

By Hayley Smith, Advocacy and Policy Associate, ACLU at 11:15am

This year, anti-choice forces coordinated a nationwide attack on reproductive rights. From Arkansas to North Dakota, Texas to North Carolina, the goal is clear: banning abortion completely.

And today the fight has come to Albuquerque, New Mexico,…

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