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.

Court Finds South Dakota's Extreme Abortion Law Degrades and Humiliates Women

By & Andrew Beck, Reproductive Freedom Project & Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:21am
In a case brought by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, a federal district court judge in South Dakota yesterday blocked the enforcement of the state's extreme abortion law, which was scheduled to take effect today.
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…

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...

Another Abortion Ban? You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

Another Abortion Ban? You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:20pm

Earlier this week, in a case brought by the ACLU, the ACLU of Arizona, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down an extreme Arizona law that bans abortion care starting at 20 weeks. The court…

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…

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…

North Dakota Today. What's Next Tomorrow?

North Dakota Today. What's Next Tomorrow?

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 5:10pm

Today, North Dakota achieved the shameful distinction of enacting the most restrictive law on abortion in any state. In addition to passing a bill that would ban abortions after only six weeks of pregnancy, Gov. Jack Dalrymple also signed into law…

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

Bring Women's Human Rights Home

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:13am

On this International Women's Day, March 8, we call on the United States government to apply the same human rights principles it preaches for women elsewhere around the world, to women here at home. We are currently in the middle of the two-week United…

Arkansas Passes Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation

Arkansas Passes Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation

By Elissa Berger, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 4:24pm

Today the most severe abortion ban in the country passed in Arkansas. This is a sad day, not only for the women and families of Arkansas, but for women across the country.

This afternoon, the Arkansas House voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's…

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