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.

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 to break down the social and economic barriers to gender equality.
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...

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…

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,…

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