California state law mandates that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive, medically accurate, science-based, and bias-free. So why are Clovis Unified High Schools teaching teens from a book that makes no mention of condoms, even in chapters about HIV/AIDS and on preventing STDs and unintended pregnancy?
Real religious freedom gives everyone the right to make personal decisions – including whether and when to use birth control – based on our own beliefs. It doesn't give one group the right to impose its beliefs on others by denying employees access to critical health services.
The bishops are correct: religious freedom is one of our most treasured liberties. But we have the right to a government that neither promotes nor disparages religion generally, nor any particular faith.
New Ad Campaign Features Three-Star General and Veterans Against a Military Ban on Abortion Coverage
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.
This week, 12 new lawsuits were filed challenging the contraceptive coverage rule, doubling those already in play. The lawsuits have made a splash by virtue of their number, but when you take a moment to actually look at them, there’s nothing to see. The rule is constitutional, it violates no federal law, and it’s incredibly important for women.
A Mississippi politican would rather let women die than have access to abortions in his state.
Buried in a sweeping anti-abortion bill is a provision that would immunize a doctor who discovers that a baby will be born with a devastating condition and deliberately withholds that information from his patient. That's right.
Change Is A-Coming (Or, as They Say in Oklahoma, “If I Wanted Government in My Womb, I’d F*ck a Senator”)
I am so excited I am beside myself. I am giddy because I can see that change is a coming.
The administration’s accommodation should lay to rest arguments that religious liberty is under attack in this country. But it probably won't.
Pain and Shame: What Real Life Looks Like in a Religiously-Affiliated Non-Profit Without the Birth Control Mandate
An employee at a religiously-affiliated nonprofit writes about the challenges of getting her workplace to cover contraception to treat conditions like polycystic fibrosis and dysmenorrhea.
Last week, President Obama stood firm for religious freedom and reproductive rights.
Today, the Obama administration stood up for women's health and announced it would keep in place a proposed rule that ensures that new insurance plans include coverage of contraception.
Another pharmacy in Texas has refused to sell emergency contraception to a man.
If our brave military women are willing to protect our freedoms, we should protect their freedoms as well.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took a historic stand for military women. Now it's our turn to stand with her.
Flag officers in the United States Armed Forces have signed a letter of support for the pending Shaheen Amendment to the FY 12 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867) that would provide servicewomen and military dependents with abortion coverage in cases of rape and incest.
Allowing institutions to deny their employees contraceptive coverage is discrimination, not religious liberty. And what’s more, it’s not good sense. Making women’s health secondary to the bishops’ policy preferences serves no one – except the bishops.
Slavery. It’s an abomination. And it goes without saying that survivors of modern-day slavery — human trafficking — should be able to access all of the services they need to protect their health and rebuild their lives. That is, unless you’re talking to the powerful political lobbyist, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Red state, blue state — it doesn’t make a difference. The message to government is clear: keep out of our bedrooms, our doctors’ offices, and our personal lives and do your @##@$*#& job already.
Tomorrow, the House will vote on the "Protect Life Act," an unprecedented bill that would allow hospitals to let women die at their doorsteps.
Today is the deadline for weighing in with the Department of Health and Human Services on important new guidelines that ensure coverage of contraception in health plans.
Worse Than Slavery? Group Claims Black Women’s Private Health Decisions Make Slavery Seem “Overly Generous”
Where's the billboard that points out the failure to educate black children, the increasing achievement gap, and the increasing poverty rates and isolation of black children?
We must put an end to policies that undermine basic constitutional principles in order to lock up the pregnant women and mothers who need health care most.
Last week, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in South Dakota challenging one of the most restrictive—and downright offensive—abortion laws we've ever seen.
Our military women deserve more comprehensive reproductive health care than the current policy provides. They have demonstrated their commitment to the country they are willing to die to protect.
U.S. servicewomen put their lives on the line for us every day. We owe it to them to fight for their dignity and respect their choices.
Idaho has passed a new law that restricts the shackling of pregnant prisoners.
We won the fight for Planned Parenthood, but in the process, abortion access for D.C. women was traded away like a prized baseball card.
Indiana charged a pregnant woman who attempted suicide with murder and attempted feticide. Here's why the state has taken the law too far.
Today, South Dakota's governor, Dennis Daugaard, signed a bill that creates unprecedented restrictions on access to abortion care. We won't stand for this blatant mistreatment of women and blatantly unconstitutional law. We'll see you court!
Recently, an extreme bill sailed through the South Dakota legislature, which places unprecedented restrictions on access to abortion care.
President Obama's statement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade includes many important sentiments. But, to me, it is most striking for what it fails to say: nowhere does the statement mention the word "abortion."
A hospital in Phoenix has been stripped of its status as an official Catholic hospital after providing a life-saving abortion to a woman this year.
This Congress had the opportunity to overturn the ban on privately-funded abortions on military bases. Unfortunately, the political will wasn't there to get the provision passed.
Couples who work together to make healthy decisions about contraception should be supported. So why is it that local Walgreens in Texas have repeatedly refused to sell contraception to men, despite corporate headquarters policy and federal guidelines to the contrary?
"Mom, am I more likely to go to jail because you and Dad aren't married?" Imagine your sixth grader coming home and asking you that question after being taught family life in school.
Women of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in South Dakota are being coerced into induced labor at Indian Health Services facilities.
Congress should act now to end a ban on private funding of abortion at military facilities. Our Armed Services women deserve more from their country.
Last week, the Obama administration resurrected the Stupak amendment in the high-risk pools. For 3 1/2 years, women in these pools will not be able to buy a comprehensive policy that covers abortion even though they will be contributing large amounts of their own money to the premium.
The Catholic church ex-communicated a nun for authorizing a life-saving abortion at a Catholic hospital. Now, all pregnant women in the care of Catholic hospitals are at risk.
Male Walgreen's customers who tried to buy the morning-after pill for their female partners were turned away at stores in Texas and Mississippi. After the ACLU sent letters about complaints by these customers, Walgreen's changed its policy.
In the past four years, more than 20 women in Alabama have been prosecuted for no other reason than that they tried to continue their pregnancies while struggling with addiction.
All federally funded hospitals are obligated under the law to provide appropriate emergency care. So why are Catholic hospitals getting away with refusing abortions to women who could die without one?
On June 10 we posted a diary called “Facts vs. Fiction on the Military’s Abortion Ban.” In this piece, we were responding to misinformation about efforts by the Senate Armed Services Committee that we strongly support to remove the ban on private funding for abortions on military bases. It looks like we have a little more misinformation to respond to.
The Washington Times has published misleading stories about the Senate Armed Services Committee's recent move to repeal the ban on private funding for abortions on military bases. Here's the truth.
There is one reason that compels me to not only be an activist — but to live my values through my life’s work formerly at Planned Parenthood and now at the ACLU. That reason is Dr. George Tiller.
We all may not agree about abortion, but we can agree that hospitals that serve the general public should not be permitted, under any circumstances, to violate federal law and deny a pregnant woman life-saving care.
When faced with a pregnancy, most teens talk to a parent. But not all homes are safe homes, and not all parents are good parents; some are abusive or violent and would threaten their daughter's health and safety if she told them she was pregnant.
Today is National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. The staff of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project reflects on what this day means for them.
After six years of protracted litigation, women in Maricopa County Jail — you know, the one run by the infamous Sherriff Joe Arpaio — have finally (hopefully) secured their constitutional right to obtain an abortion.
This week, we mark the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that significantly expanded the ability of women across the country to decide whether and when to become a parent.
The State of Florida apparently considers confining pregnant women to bed rest "status quo."
“Women in uniform today are not just invaluable; they’re irreplaceable.” That’s what now-Secretary of the Army John McHugh stated at his confirmation hearings this July. No doubt Major General Anthony Cucolo III, who commands 22,000 soldiers, including nearly 2000 women, in Northern Iraq, agrees—he just has a funny way of showing it.
More than 200,000 women currently serve in the armed forces. The current health care legislation being debated will further limit their access to abortion and reproductive health services while they serve.
Louise Melling, Director of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, shares her thoughts about yesterday's Stop Stupak lobby day.
An Illinois state court issued an emergency order yesterday blocking a law that prevents teens from having an abortion unless they notify a parent or go to court.
After a hospital merger, women in northern Kentucky no longer had access to birth control counseling and services, IUD insertion, infertility procedures, and tubal ligations.
The state of Texas clearly discriminated against Amber Lovill because she was pregnant.
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit lifted the injunction (PDF) on the Washington State pharmacy rules that protect a patient's right to access medication without discrimination or delay. This is good news for the millions of women seeking to purchase contraception at pharmacies.
The ACLU works to protect both the needs of patients and the religious freedom of individual pharmacy employees. Rules in Washington State were issued to do just that, then a federal district court blocked enforcement.