Browsing All posts tagged under »ACLU«

Another Contraception Challenge, Another Misguided Argument

August 15, 2012


ACLU Blog, August 15, 2012 by Brigitte Amiri As we’ve written before, history has a way of repeating itself. Private companies that are challenging the federal rule that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception without a co-pay are also repeating their same, misguided argument that the rule violates their religious liberty. Yesterday the […]

Louisiana Department Of Education Orders School To Drop Ban On Pregnant Students

August 8, 2012


Think Progress, August 8, 2012 by Tara Culp-Ressler Louisiana education officials are requiring the Delhi Charter School to drop the “Student Pregnancy Policy” that bans pregnant students from attending classes on its campus. After the American Civil Liberties Union called the discriminatory policy unconstitutional and pressured the school with potential legal action, the Louisiana Department […]

Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant

August 6, 2012


ACLU Blog, August 6, 2012 by Tiseme Zegeye In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy, those who are pregnant or refuse to take the test are kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling. Welcome to Delhi […]

Court upholds Arizona law banning abortion after 20 weeks

July 30, 2012


The Hill, July 30, 2012 by Sam Baker A federal court Monday upheld Arizona’s strict anti-abortion-rights law, which bans most abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit challenging Arizona’s law, said it plans to appeal immediately. The court said Arizona had made the case that a […]

Abortion rights advocates let their voices be heard

June 2, 2012


LA Times, June 2, 2012 by Sandy Banks Women attending a political strategy session take a page from anti-abortion forces and use personal stories to dispel shame and bolster support. The subject was reproductive rights, the audience was fervently pro-choice and the panelists were activists from Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and the […]

Science Tells Us How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy; Should The Law Punish Women Who Don’t?

May 7, 2012


Bliss Tree, May 7, 2012 by Elizabeth Nolan Brown Everyone agrees that a pregnant woman shouldn’t smoke crack or snort meth, right? And the consensus that they shouldn’t smoke cigarettes or throw back a six-back every night is fairly ironclad, as well. Beyond obviously harmful behaviors like alcohol and drug use, however, things get more […]

Oklahoma court rejects ballot initiative on “personhood”

April 30, 2012


Reuters, April 30, 2012 By Steve Olafson The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday struck down a ballot initiative that sought voter approval of a so-called “personhood” amendment to the state constitution to define an embryo as a human being from the moment of conception. The ballot question would have asked Oklahoma voters to expand the […]

Oklahoma ‘personhood’ bill poses challenge to Roe

April 9, 2012


Thomson Reuters, April 9, 2012 by Terry Baynes (Reuters) – The next major challenge to the constitutional right to abortion in the United States could be a strategically-worded anti-abortion bill gaining momentum in the Oklahoma legislature. Oklahoma Senate Bill 1433, or the Personhood Act, grants embryos full rights as people from the moment of fertilization. […]

3 Videos Everyone Who Assumes Women Are Free Should See

April 5, 2012


Huffington Post, April 5, 2012 by Soraya Chemaly Most women (and their spouses), whether personally comfortable with abortion or not, don’t automatically think about whether or not they might end up in jail, arrested while in labor or strapped to a hospital bed to undergo a forced Caesarian when they get pregnant. Laura Pemberton certainly […]

KS Abortion Coverage Case to Continue

April 4, 2012

0, April 4, 2012 The American Civil Liberties Union will be allowed to pursue its case against a law in Kansas that restricts insurance plans from covering abortions. US District Judge Julie Robinson ruled against the state’s request to dismiss the ACLU’s challenge of the law. The ACLU argues that the law discriminates on the […]

Alabama Supreme Court To Decide Whether State Meth Lab Law Applies To Fetuses

March 30, 2012


Huffington Post, March 30, 2012 by Laura Bassett An anti-abortion litigation group filed a brief with the Alabama Supreme Court on Friday that urges the court to apply the state’s “chemical endangerment of children” law to fetuses, which would allow prosecutors to continue putting women behind bars if their babies test positive for drugs when […]

Arizona Outdoes Everyone With New Anti-Abortion Bill

March 29, 2012


Mother Jones, March 29, 2012 by Kate Sheppard Bills limiting the time period during which abortion is legal have proliferated in recent years as other states have followed Nebraska’s lead and banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But a law under consideration in Arizona would roll back access to abortion even farther. The Arizona bill, (HB […]

Suit filed over Oklahoma personhood ballot measure

March 29, 2012


The Examiner, March 29, 2012 by Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A petition to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to define a fertilized human egg as a person is unconstitutional and would have far-reaching implications that trump the rights of women, a group argued in a legal protest filed Thursday to stop the effort. The […]