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.

I Wish #Motorcyclevagina Were Trending for a Better Reason

I Wish #Motorcyclevagina Were Trending for a Better Reason

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:07pm
A lot has happened in North Carolina this week, and it's only Wednesday! If you haven't been able to keep track of it all, here's the skinny.
The Trend Continues: Abortion Debates Heat Up in Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin

The Trend Continues: Abortion Debates Heat Up in Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 9:55am

Last week, we asked you to #standwithTXwomen as thousands convened in Austin, TX, to try to stop an extreme measure...

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…

A Duty to Protect Lives

A Duty to Protect Lives

By Carol Petraitis, ACLU of Pennsylvania & Arno Vosk at 3:11pm

This post was originally featured on philly.com.

In 1929, Clara Bell Duvall died in Pittsburgh from complications of an illegal abortion. She left behind a grieving household - five young children, an overwhelmed husband, and her own parents…

Forced to Choose Between My Job and Starting a Family? Where's Congress When You Need Them?

Forced to Choose Between My Job and Starting a Family? Where's Congress When You Need Them?

By Julie Desantis-Mayer at 3:41pm

Earlier this year, I wrote about being pushed out of my job because I was pregnant. It’s still hard for me to believe that I was put in the position of choosing between staying on the job while pregnant, and the health of my baby.

I have…

MARCH Onward for our Military Women!

MARCH Onward for our Military Women!

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office & Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 3:01pm

Enactment of last year's National Defense Authorization Act brought about a long overdue and welcome change on the military health care front by allowing military women and dependents to receive insurance coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest.…

Pennsylvania Politicians Ought to be Ashamed: The Latest Attack on Women's Health Care

Pennsylvania Politicians Ought to be Ashamed: The Latest Attack on Women's Health Care

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:30pm

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to block women from having access to comprehensive insurance coverage that includes abortion care. This is yet another example of the continuing attack on women.

Most health insurance…

Enough is Enough: Headed to Court to Stop the Arkansas War on Women

Enough is Enough: Headed to Court to Stop the Arkansas War on Women

By Hayley Smith, Advocacy and Policy Associate, ACLU at 2:17pm

Today we filed litigation challenging a new law in Arkansas that bans abortion starting at 12 weeks – a law that is a clear violation of state legislators' duties to preserve, protect and defend the state and federal constitutions. Our lawsuit asks…

The Battle to Shut Down Virginia's Abortion Clinics

The Battle to Shut Down Virginia's Abortion Clinics

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 12:43pm

After considerable arm twisting by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, today the Virginia Board of Health approved medically unnecessary regulations designed to force many women's health care centers in Virginia to shut their doors. These costly…

How Can North Dakota Pols Ban Abortion? Let Me Count the Ways.

How Can North Dakota Pols Ban Abortion? Let Me Count the Ways.

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:31pm

Update: The North Dakota legislature passed a bill today that bans most abortions in the state. Should this bill be signed into law by the governor, North Dakota will become the first state in the nation to ban most abortions.

Some politicians…

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