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A Loving Farewell to our Dedicated, Longest-Serving Board Member Stew Dunn

EXCERPT: Stew understood the core essence of the ACLU’s principles like very few people – that an open and compassionate mind combined with a strong sense of the value of individual rights and opinion will yield the best result in most situations. read more »

Some Virginia Lawmakers Flunk High School Civics

BLOG: Why do so many state lawmakers need a lesson in Civics 101? They seem to be ready to use any tactic, no matter how far-fetched, to punish Planned Parenthood for providing legal abortion services to women. read more »

One Big Step Forward for Women in Virginia!

BLOG: Just a few days ago, Sept. 15, marked the four-year anniversary of when the Virginia Board of Health approved the most onerous, medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers (TRAP) in the nation. On Thursday, Sept. 17, we celebrated one big step forward in the effort to rescind those restrictions. read more »

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 »

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