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October 01, 2014

Women’s Health Advocates Applaud Commissioner’s Decision to Amend Restrictions on Women’s Health Centers

PRESS RELEASE- Today, Virginia Commissioner of Health Dr. Marissa Levine announced her recommendation to amend medically-unnecessary restrictions on Virginia women’s health centers. Levine decided to amend the controversial restrictions – overwhelmingly opposed by the Virginia medical community and responsible for the closure of two women’s health centers – after receiving more than 10,000 comments in support of revision during a recent 45-day public comment period. read more »

September 26, 2014

Stingrays – Bringing Dragnet Surveillance to a Town Near You

BLOG: Here’s something you may not know. And, you may not know it largely because of law enforcement efforts to keep it a secret from you. We’re talking about a mass surveillance device known as a cell site simulator or IMSI catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity). In one of the latest revelations of domestic spying, we know that at least one (likely more) Virginia law enforcement department (Chesterfield) owns one of these cell site simulator devices manufactured by the Harris Company called a “Stingray.” read more »

September 26, 2014

Marriage Equality and the U.S. Supreme Court: What to Expect and When

BLOG: As you undoubtedly know, on July 28, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that Virginia’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and prohibiting the state from recognizing their out-of-state marriages are unconstitutional. read more »

September 25, 2014

Reed: 3 questions for the ACLU

OP ED: Wornie Reed, director of the Racial and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech, recently joined the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. The Roanoke Times had these questions for him. read more »

September 23, 2014

Police Surveillance: Just Because They “Can” Doesn’t Mean They “Should”

BLOG: I’m Al Alborn, the Founder and Principal of the Alborn Foundation. I live in Prince William County, Virginia. My Foundation’s interests are Libertarian philosophy, public policy, and philanthropy. read more »

September 18, 2014

“Stop Blocking Virginia Women from Receiving Necessary Health Care,” say Patients and Doctors to VA Board of Health

PRESS RELEASE: Richmond, VA - Today, medical professionals and women who rely on Virginia's women's health centers made yet another appeal to Virginia's Board of Health to amend the medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers (TRAP). read more »

September 18, 2014

Wondering Where You’ll Be Next Tuesday Night? Ask the Police, They’ll Know!

BLOG: Yes, we’re talking about technology that is moving us toward the world envisioned in Minority Report, where algorithms become the foundation for “pre-crime” technology. In this case, we’re talking about automatic license plate readers (ALPRs). read more »

September 12, 2014

Tweet Chat Blog Series: From Roe to TRAP – 40 Years of Restricting a Woman’s Right to Abortion in Virginia

BLOG: We’ve written a lot about Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) in Virginia – medically-unnecessary rules designed to close down women’s health centers that provide important health care services like family planning, cancer screenings, and abortion. read more »

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