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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 The subcommittee “tabled” (the legislative word for killed) a bill that would have repealed a 2012 law that requires every woman having an abortion to have an ultrasound 24 hours prior to her procedure.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 »

“I’m a Boy, so Why Won’t My School Allow Me to Use the Boys’ Bathroom?”

BLOG: In the summer of my freshman year I got the courage to tell my mother something that I had known for a long time. I told her that I was a boy. She had nothing but love and support for me. read more »

“I Should Not Be Afraid”

BLOG: In 2014 America, I should not be afraid of being the mother of an African American man; I should feel free to be very proud. But the sad, angry, upsetting, and disappointing truth is I and, I imagine, many other mothers, are afraid for our sons and grandsons because we are afraid of law enforcement and how they’ll be treated. read more »

The 2015 Legislative Session and Protecting Reproductive Freedom

BLOG: Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, Virginia has passed 13 laws restricting a woman’s right to make reproductive health care decisions. We’ve been moving in the wrong direction, and that’s about to change. We’re working to change the conversation about abortion – to ensure that women feel supported and not judged if they choose abortion. read more »

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