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Groundhog Day Must Be Congress' Favorite Movie

Groundhog Day Must Be Congress' Favorite Movie

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 5:23pm
While working on reproductive rights in our nation's capital, your life starts to resemble the classic black comedy Groundhog Day in which the main character wakes up to find he's reliving the same day over and over again. I, like any good cinephile, enjoy seeing Bill Murray struggle to get his day right. However, when it comes to Congress trying to pass the same misguided bill intended to restrict women's ability to make personal medical decisions, I'm not such a big fan.
End Near for Shackling of Pregnant Women

End Near for Shackling of Pregnant Women

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 4:51pm

The massive $1.1 trillion spending bill (“omnibus”) passed by Congress last week and signed into law by President Obama includes a significant victory: a provision aimed at ending the atrocious practice of shackling pregnant women in immigration…

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women

A Very Unhappy Anniversary for Low-Income Women

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:07am

Some anniversaries just don't deserve a celebration, and today is one of them. Thirty-seven years ago today, Congress shut off Medicaid coverage for abortion care, unfairly targeting low-income women.

The Hyde Amendment, which was enacted…

One Step Closer to Extending Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

One Step Closer to Extending Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 3:12pm

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen nothing but attack after attack on women’s reproductive health. So in a welcomed change of direction, we finally have some terrific news to report. Today, the Senate bill that funds the Peace Corps program…

Back Off DC Women Already!

Back Off DC Women Already!

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 2:10pm

Yesterday, a House committee voted down an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) that would have allowed the District of Columbia to use its own local funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women.

It's…

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…

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.…

It's Time to Extend Abortion Coverage to the Women of Peace Corps

It's Time to Extend Abortion Coverage to the Women of Peace Corps

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 12:41pm

When John F. Kennedy signed the executive order creating the Peace Corps over fifty years ago, he said, "Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary, and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet…

Reproductive Rights and Yesterday's Budget Release

Reproductive Rights and Yesterday's Budget Release

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

President Obama yesterday released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. Here are five things you should know about how it affects reproductive rights:

Home Rule for the District of Columbia

As he has…

Birth Control: A Game Changer for Women

Birth Control: A Game Changer for Women

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:39pm

We've said it before and we'll say it again: the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage rule is a breakthrough for women's health, ensuring that millions of women will have access to affordable, effective contraception. But anti-family planning…