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Are Secret Human Experimentations Coming to Virginia?

BLOG: Secret and human experimentation are two concepts that should never intersect with Virginia’s capital punishment system. Unfortunately, some in the General Assembly seem to disagree. If these legislators get their way, Virginia’s capital punishment system would move into a world where human experimentation and secrecy become the norm. read more »

Ensure Medicaid-Eligible Women Have Access to Abortion

BLOG: Imagine you’re D.J. Feldman, from the Washington, D.C. area. Ms. Feldman learned at 11 weeks into her pregnancy that her fetus had anencephaly, meaning that if she carried to term, she would deliver a baby with almost no brain, and with zero chance of survival - anencephaly is always fatal read more »

Stop Discrimination In The Workplace: Bosses Should Not Use Religion As An Excuse To Discriminate!

BLOG: Remember the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case? The Supreme Court discriminated against women, plain and simple, when it ruled that business owners can force their personal religious beliefs on their employees by denying them birth control coverage. read more »

Mandatory Ultrasound Must Go!

BLOG: Last year we told you about how the Criminal Law Subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice doubled down on the legislature’s decision to place a politician between a woman and her doctor. The subcommittee “tabled” (the legislative word for killed) a bill that would have repealed a 2012 law that requires every woman having an abortion to have an ultrasound 24 hours prior to her procedure. read more »

Virginians are Facing Jail Time Without their Fundamental Right to an Attorney

BLOG: We’ve heard it over and over on TV and at the movies. When someone is arrested, they are read their rights, including that if they cannot afford an attorney one will be provided to them. Unfortunately, in Virginia this is not always the case. read more »

Rethinking Virginia’s Drug Policy?

BLOG: This General Assembly session we’ve seen the introduction of common sense legislation to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths. It’s an encouraging development. But, as we learned today during a press conference to announce a package of drug policy bills, unfortunately rhetoric and fear still guide much of the conversation during drug policy debates. read more »

It’s Simple – Asset Forfeiture Should Require a Criminal Conviction!

BLOG: Under Virginia law, law enforcement can pull you over, take your money, and then make you prove that you didn’t get it through ill means. They don’t even need to charge you with a crime. It’s unbelievable. read more »

Why Virginia Should Decriminalize Marijuana

BLOG: The 2015 Virginia General Assembly session begins tomorrow, and Senators and Delegates are not wasting any time. For its first hearing of the session, the Senate Courts of Justice committee has added SB 686 to its agenda. This bill would ensure a commonsense, responsible response to the use, possession, and sale of marijuana. read more »

In Memory of BJ Ostergren, a Great Civil Libertarian

BLOG: On Tuesday, Virginia lost one of its staunchest advocates for privacy and free speech. As one who was privileged to know and work with BJ Ostergren, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on her accomplishments. read more »

Yes, Virginia, The ACLU Celebrates Christmas, too

BLOG: In 2014, we defended the right of the Richmond chapter of the National Day of Prayer to be granted a permit to host an National Day of Prayer in the Capitol Square. We also defended the right of a Virginia Community College student to conduct on campus evangelizing. These are just two examples of how we have protected and will continue to protect the right of all individuals to celebrate their faith, including celebrating Christmas, without government interference and without fear that government will ever promote one religion over another. read more »

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