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.

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 scaring the U.S. populace with terrible legislation introduced today threatening women's health and wellbeing. That's enough to snap you out of your Halloween candy-induced sugar coma.
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…

Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:43pm

I've had it. Dozens of restrictions to abortion access have already passed this year across the country, with Texas in the national spotlight. And just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, politicians in the Lone Star State have stepped up to…

Showdown in the Lone Star State: Report Back from Today’s Rally in Austin

Showdown in the Lone Star State: Report Back from Today’s Rally in Austin

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 4:10pm

Wow. What a day. I was so proud to be able to stand with Texas women today as 5000 orange-clad activists came to the capitol in Austin to stop the attack on women's reproductive health care. Last week, I was cheering from the sidelines when state…

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…

18 More Cents...in 50 Years

18 More Cents...in 50 Years

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:58am

Over the last five decades, women have broken many barriers in education, business, and government. We need look no further than Congress to see the progress women have made: in 1963, Congress had only 14 women. In contrast, the new 113th Congress…

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…

History Is On Our Side: Why the Federal Contraception Rule is Constitutional

History Is On Our Side: Why the Federal Contraception Rule is Constitutional

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Anthony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Eastern Missouri at 5:26pm

History has a way of repeating itself. Almost five decades ago a court in South Carolina considered a claim that a restaurant owner could refuse to serve African-American customers because integration of the races was against his religious beliefs. The…

Some Michigan Politicians “Wanna Be My Doc.” Use Our New Twitter Generator to Challenge Them

Some Michigan Politicians “Wanna Be My Doc.” Use Our New Twitter Generator to Challenge Them

By Rana Elmir, ACLU of Michigan at 4:51pm

It looks like some Michigan politicians want to “play doctor” and take away a woman’s ability to make personal, private medical decisions for herself. In June, Michigan vaulted to the top of the list of states with outrageous, regressive…

Abortion Ban Plays Politics with Women’s Health

Abortion Ban Plays Politics with Women’s Health

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:03am

The House Judiciary Committee has held eight anti-abortion or anti-family planning votes or hearings so far this Congress.  This morning, they’re scheduled to make it nine.  The Committee will be considering the so-called “District…

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