Save Women’s Health Centers!

By Kathy Greenier, ACLU of Virginia Reproductive Freedom Project Director
It’s been 2 weeks since the public comment period for TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) opened, and already over 1,600 people have voiced their opposition to medically unnecessary restrictions designed to close women’s health centers. Why should you add your voice?

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Anticipating marriage …

By Rebecca Glenberg, ACLU of Virginia Legal Director
Any day, we hope, the Fourth Circuit will issue its decision about Virginia’s discriminatory marriage laws. So it seems like a good time to take stock of where we are now and how we got to this point.

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UPDATE: Your Boss’ Religion Can Now Dictate Your Access to Birth Control

By Kathy Greenier, Reproductive Freedom Project Director

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Rallying to Support Birth Control

By Miriam Stiefel, Former ACLU of Virginia Reproductive Freedom Project Intern

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No Letdown in the War on Women

For months, conservative strategists and pundits have publicly ruminated on the need to turn their focus away from "divisive" social issues — things like the war on women's health that dominated statehouses in 2011 and 2012, when states passed an astounding 135 restrictions on abortion. But if this is the national strategy, word has apparently not yet filtered down to the states just yet. Here's just some of the anti-women's health bills that have been proposed and passed in statehouses over the past week as the war on women continues unabated:

States Get a Head Start on Immigration Reform

The same week that both President Obama and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators released proposals for comprehensive federal immigration reform, pro-immigrant policies continued to gain traction in the states on issues including tuition equity and driver's licenses for DREAMers. Nearly three years after Arizona passed SB 1070, anti-immigrant forces are clearly finding themselves increasingly isolated at both the state and federal level in 2013:

New Year Brings New Voter Suppression and Electoral Vote Schemes

Virginia's Senate leadership chose the occasion of Martin Luther King Day on Monday to push through a partisan redistricting bill, taking advantage of the absence of a legislator attending President Obama's inauguration. A separate effort in Virginia to change the way the state awards electoral votes in presidential elections ran into bipartisan opposition, even as lawmakers in other states were considering doing the same:

Virginia Attorney General Wants Opponents of Contraception to "Go to Jail" in Protest

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is calling on those who oppose the contraceptive mandate provision included in the Affordable Care Act to break the law and "go to jail."

As National Debate Flares, Surveying Contraceptive Coverage In the States

In the furor surrounding the Obama Administration’s decision this month that contraceptive coverage be provided to women by their employer or insurer, the leadership provided by states in the debate about women’s health has often been overlooked. States have been on the forefront of the fight to ensure that women have access to contraceptives, with 28 states having laws on the books requiring access.