Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law 

A federal appeals court has permanently blocked a North Carolina law that would have forced women to undergo an ultrasound and hear a detailed description before being allowed to have an abortion. In their decision, the appeals judges called the law "ideological in intent and in kind" and said it "risks the infliction… » 12/22/14 4:15pm Monday 4:15pm

Federal Court Strikes Down Anti-Abortion TRAP Law in Indiana

A federal judge has ruled that an Indiana law seeking to change the definition of "abortion clinic" is unconstitutional. The law would have required that any medical facility providing RU-486, the abortion pill, be defined as an abortion clinic, forcing it to meet the same stringent standards Indiana has created for… » 12/04/14 5:20pm 12/04/14 5:20pm

Creepy Politicians Make Even Creepier Doctors in New Pro Choice Ads

Over the last few years, legislative attempting to interfere in a woman's medical decisions have become so dizzyingly commonplace that it's hard to keep track of who is attacking what, and where. Now, thanks to a new push from the ACLU, following of all the places legislators are working overtime to prove they don't… » 5/05/14 2:20pm 5/05/14 2:20pm

Yay! Two Idaho Cities Pass LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinances

It's hard to believe that certain anti-discriminatory LGBT laws are just being passed now — oh, just your basic human rights tenets and stuff like that — but good news nevertheless: the town of Pocatello, Idaho, just voted 4-2 to pass an ordinance that will protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals… » 6/08/13 12:30pm 6/08/13 12:30pm

The Story of One Prison Rape, In an Inmate's Own Words

Today, the ACLU announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, a private prison in Meridian, Mississippi. The suit alleges that EMCF is "hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous." One example of the jail's dangers: this handwritten letter from… » 5/30/13 2:15pm 5/30/13 2:15pm

Can the First Female Combat Veteran Congresswomen Finally Change the…

This election is the first time ever that not one but two female (and Democrat) combat veterans will serve in public office: Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii and Tammy Duckworth from Illinois. Does this mean the military might actually be pressured into prioritizing the women who serve our country? » 11/30/12 2:15pm 11/30/12 2:15pm

New Lawsuit Challenges Limitations of Military Women in Combat

A new federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of several women in the military will challenge the U.S. Defense Department's formal policy that excludes women from most direct ground combat positions. As of now, over 238,000 military jobs are off limits to women, despite the fact that they make up 14% of active… » 11/28/12 12:50pm 11/28/12 12:50pm

Abstinence-Only Leader Is Also a Huge Fan of the Pastor Behind the…

Yesterday, we wrote about a school district currently under legal fire for teaching kids that the best way to avoid STDs is to sleep soundly and hang out with friends (sans condoms). One of the most disturbing instructional materials, brought to light by the ACLU, which is representing the plaintiffs, is a video that… » 8/23/12 6:30pm 8/23/12 6:30pm

Tweet Generator Hilariously Spams Abortion-Restricting Lawmakers with…

Are you an on-the-go woman with a burning hatred for the angry old white guys who are trying to regulate your ladyparts? Do you desire, more than anything, to have conservative lawmakers' personal input on your Down There Problems? Does your busy schedule mean you have no time to ask them all of the women's health… » 7/17/12 4:50pm 7/17/12 4:50pm

Virginia School District Wants to Ban Kids From 'Cross-Gender Dressing'

There are plenty of schools that have banned kids from wearing certain kinds of clothing—everything from short skirts to baseball hats and even pajama pants—but one Virginia school district is considering taking things to the next level. The Suffolk school board has proposed banning children from "cross-gender… » 2/13/12 6:00pm 2/13/12 6:00pm