Women’s rights

The Supreme Court’s next abortion case

September 6, 2013

Supreme Court A gloomy forecast, by Linda Greenhouse: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, author of the 5-to-4 opinion in June that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, may well be a hero to the gay rights community, and deservedly so. But he’s also the author of the 5-to-4 opinion that upheld the federal ban on […]

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Latin American Reproductive Rights Update

October 6, 2012

Latin America has long been an area of the world with very weak reproductive rights protections. All too familiarly, strong religious and other socially conservative interests in most Latin American countries (Cuba being the most notable exception) have successfully framed abortion law as being about traditional morality and “family values,” not women’s safety, health, and privacy. A […]

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Virginia’s Anti-Choice Trend Escalates

September 27, 2012

Virginia’s government has reached a new low in its campaign against reproductive rights; apparently Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli are not content with the reach of the state’s new mandatory ultrasound law, establishment of a civil cause of action for fetal wrongful death, and police harassment of women’s rights protesters.  Now they have bullied the […]

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Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban upheld but temporarily blocked

August 8, 2012

In a case we discussed last month, the Ninth Circuit has granted a preliminary injunction against Arizona House Bill 2036; this unconstitutional and potentially dangerous measure would curtail women’s reproductive rights at 20 weeks of pregnancy. On July 30th, US District Judge Teilborg upheld the law based on the problematic findings that (1) the few weeks […]

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ACLU files DoMA challenge with new twist

November 9, 2010

Today, in addition to the Pedersen case being brought by GLAD, the ACLU LGBT Rights Project will file a complaint challenging the constitutionality of DoMA in federal court in New York City. New York, like Connecticut, is in the Second Circuit, so both cases will eventually reach the same Court of Appeals. Also like the GLAD cases, the […]

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