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Twenty-Three Years and Counting: Abortion Access and the Anniversary of Planned Parenthood v. Casey

BLOG: When the U.S. Supreme Court established in Roe v. Wade that women have a fundamental right to abortion, it helped to ensure that women could control their own lives. This was a huge victory for women’s equality – by ensuring that women could control their own reproductive lives, the Court helped ensure that women could control their economic and social future. read more »

What is Bigelow v. Virginia and Why Does the Case Matter for Reproductive Freedom?

BLOG: Today is the 40th anniversary of Bigelow v. Virginia, a landmark ACLU case in which the Supreme Court of the United States first ruled that some types of advertisements—including advertisements for abortion services—are protected by the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Bigelow, however, is not just about free speech. It was the first in a long line of Supreme Court cases dealing with states’ attempts to restrict women’s access to abortion services. read more »

The Good and the Bad of the 2015 General Assembly Session

BLOG: It’s a wrap. After four months of advocacy before the General Assembly and Governor’s office, we can finally report how Virginians’ rights fared during the 2015 General Assembly Session. We had some major victories, but also some disappointing losses. read more »

Women’s Access to Affordable Health Care is at Stake in Manassas

BLOG: On April 27 the Manassas City Council moved one step closer to changing the City’s zoning law in a way that makes it unnecessarily burdensome for women’s health centers that provide abortion services to locate or move within Manassas. read more »

Manassas is at it again!

BLOG: Last year, we told you about a proposed city of Manassas zoning law that would have discriminated against women’s health care centers that provide abortion. Through our advocacy efforts, we were able to stop politicians in Manassas from passing that law. Unfortunately, they are at it again! read more »

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Breastfeeding at Work and on the Go

BLOG: On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law a bill that permits nursing mothers to breastfeed in any public location (such as a park) or private location (such as a retail store or restaurant) where they are permitted to be present (i.e., are not trespassing). read more »

Are all Women Equally Unequal?

BLOG: Yesterday marked the end of Women’s History Month, and today marks the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Both provide an opportunity to reflect on how women’s inequality disproportionately harms women of color. read more »

Déjà vu: Women’s Equality and the 2015 General Assembly Session – Part II

BLOG: Earlier this week, we told you about the good legislative outcomes that came out of this session - now the bad news. Legislators had numerous opportunities to level the playing field for Virginia women. With few exceptions, Virginia’s legislators failed to act and failed to adequately protect all Virginia women from discrimination. read more »

Déjà vu: Women’s Equality and the 2015 General Assembly Session – Part I

BLOG: Another year and the state of women in Virginia remains the same! Though there is some good news, overall Virginia’s legislators made clear, once again, that they do not think women deserve equal opportunities. read more »

2015 General Assembly Session Update

BLOG: We’ve just passed the halfway point of the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session and we’ve got some good news and some bad news. Here’s a snippet. read more »

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