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.

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...

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…

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…

Silent No More: A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About “Legitimate Rape”

Silent No More: A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About “Legitimate Rape”

By Rachel Marshall, Washington Legislative Office at 12:55pm

Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m a rape victim. This is not typically how I would introduce myself, but with the current national discourse, I can’t stand by silently anymore. You see, before my freshman year of college I was at a party where…

Another Contraception Challenge, Another Misguided Argument

Another Contraception Challenge, Another Misguided Argument

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Witold Walczak, Legal Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 4:14pm

As we’ve written before, history has a way of repeating itself. Private companies that are challenging the federal rule that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception without a co-pay are also repeating their same, misguided…

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…

Michigan's War on Women by the Numbers

Michigan's War on Women by the Numbers

By Rana Elmir, ACLU of Michigan at 10:41am

In June, Michigan vaulted to the top of the list of states with outrageous, regressive legislation on women's health, placing a monster omnibus package on the fast-track to becoming law. If successful, the bills would effectively make safe abortion…

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