Women in the Military

Military Heroes Speak Out Against Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad Campaign

Military Heroes Speak Out Against Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad Campaign

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 10:03am
The ACLU, in conjunction with a group of retired military leaders and veterans, launched a new ad campaign today targeting the Department of Defense’s ban on servicewomen using their insurance to pay for abortion services if they become pregnant as the result of rape or incest. The ads were released as part of a coalition effort, Stand With Servicewomen, designed to raise awareness of, and ultimately end, this unfair policy.

DoD Comes Closer to Recognizing that Women Are Already Serving on the Front Lines

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 5:13pm

Last week, Pentagon officials got a few steps closer to recognizing what those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have known for years: servicewomen fight on the battlefield alongside their male counterparts, despite a longstanding rule barring them…

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.…

Tweet to Restore Fairness to Servicewomen

Tweet to Restore Fairness to Servicewomen

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 3:12pm

We are defending a Constitution that doesn’t apply to us.

Those are the words that a young servicewoman, Jessica Kenyon, shared with us last year.  Jessica joined the U.S. Army in 2005, and while she was stationed in Korea she…

Women in Combat: The Marines Take An Important First Step, But More Is Needed to Ensure Full Equality.

Women in Combat: The Marines Take An Important First Step, But More Is Needed to Ensure Full Equality.

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 3:29pm

Less than three months after the Pentagon announced that it was loosening the rules that bar women from being assigned to ground combat units, the Marine Corps followed suit, taking important steps to open up previously restricted opportunities…

What Should Servicewomen Expect? Respect.

By Katherine Clemente, Women's Rights Project at 4:48pm

Last week, the Pentagon announced a change in policy that eased the ban on women serving in combat. This is a heartening step towards ending gender discrimination in the military and giving women who bravely serve our country the credit they have…

Sen. Brown Should Seize Opportunity to Help Military Families

Sen. Brown Should Seize Opportunity to Help Military Families

By Carol Rose, Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts at 10:28am

Sen. Scott Brown can make good on his promise to support our troops and veterans this week by supporting a proposal by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to ensure that military servicewomen and their families have the same access to medical care as…

ACLU Lens: Chicago Sun-Times Weighs in on Indefensible Military Abortion Policy

By Amanda Simon at 12:43pm

The Chicago Sun-Times today has a terrific editorial on a thoroughly unfair military policy regarding servicewomen who are the victims of rape.

As it stands now, the military provides health insurance for members of the Armed Forces and…

The Best Way to Honor Servicewomen This Memorial Day

The Best Way to Honor Servicewomen This Memorial Day

By Francesca Acocella, Women's Rights Project & Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 3:15pm

This Memorial Day, we can show the women serving in the military how grateful we are for their brave service by giving them the same opportunities to serve, and the same recognition of their service, as men. This month, the Army and the Marine Corps…

On the Agenda: Week of April 23 – 27, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 23 – 27, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:04pm

This week, Wednesday is a big day for immigrants' rights advocates: The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Arizona v. United States, the Justice Department's challenge to S.B. 1070, Arizona's racial profiling law. The ACLU will be participating…

Statistics image