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.

Victory! Court to Bishops: Federal Help for the Most Vulnerable Should Have No Strings Attached

By Andrew Beck, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:27pm
Once again the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has attempted to impose its religious beliefs on those who don't share them. This time, they did so in an attempt to deny victims of human trafficking access to reproductive health services in a federally funded program.
Contraception Mandate Doesn't Break New Ground

Contraception Mandate Doesn't Break New Ground

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:55pm

In the past several weeks, as a nation, we’ve been hit by an endless barrage of commentary on the new rule requiring insurance companies to cover contraception with no co-pay. Who would have thought that in 2012, contraception — something…

ACLU's Laura Murphy on the "Today" Show Tuesday Morning

ACLU's Laura Murphy on the "Today" Show Tuesday Morning

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 6:02pm

Tune into NBC at 7 a.m. to watch Laura talk about the president's decision that ensures contraception is covered by the new health insurance plans.

Score One for Women's Health! Obama Administration Stands Up For Birth Control

Score One for Women's Health! Obama Administration Stands Up For Birth Control

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:39pm

Today, the Obama administration announced that it would keep in place a proposed rule that ensures that new insurance plans include contraception coverage.

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,…

"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…

One Step Closer to Extending Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

One Step Closer to Extending Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 3:12pm

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen nothing but attack after attack on women’s reproductive health. So in a welcomed change of direction, we finally have some terrific news to report. Today, the Senate bill that funds the Peace Corps program…

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…

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  …

Maryland Stands Up for Pregnant Workers

Maryland Stands Up for Pregnant Workers

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:22pm

Yesterday, Maryland's governor signed into law legislation protecting pregnant women from workplace discrimination. This should be a no-brainer.

Picture this: you have a good job, you have medical benefits, you're financially stable, and you…

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