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(VIDEO) Parental Notification in Illinois: Forcing Young Women Into Harm’s Way

While Illinois has a mandatory parental involvement law on
the books, it has long been enjoined. I have seen firsthand the harms that forced parental involvement impose on young women.

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Pregnant, Jailed and Denied Care

Bethany Cajúne, pregnant and in a substance abuse recovery program, was jailed for 19 days for traffic violations. But officials repeatedly denied her a drug necessary to her recovery, putting her health and the life of her fetus at risk.

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Roundup: Enforcement of Illinois Parental Notification Law Delayed Until 2010

Enforcement of Illinois parental notification law delayed once again; A Montana resident challenges definition of “pro-life;” Robert P. Kennedy banned from receiving communion; Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist argues against Stupak.

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Arizona Sheriff’s Case: Theater of the Absurd

The case in Arizona of a sheriff who decided to make and take the law into his own hands is yet one more example of the practice of so-called pro-life activists.

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Illinois Hotline Offers Recourse to Teens Facing Parental Notification Laws

A hotline set up by the ACLU in Illinois is intended to help teens in need exercise their due process rights to a judicial bypass option in case they need an abortion but do not want to notify their parents. These and other efforts seek to protect the rights of pregnant young women who cannot inform their parents of their pregnancy and abortion, often because of concern for their physical safety or abandonment, or because their parents are inaccessible. In such cases, a young woman seeking an abortion can bring her case to a judge, who in turn can permit the medical procedure without the required notification or consent.

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Restore Reproductive Health Care in Kentucky

After a hospital merger, women in northern Kentucky no longer had access to birth control counseling and services, IUD insertion, infertility procedures, and tubal ligations.

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National and State ACLU File Suit to End Ab-Only Funding in Mississippi

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today asked a federal court in Mississippi to end government funding of religion in the state’s abstinence-only-until-marriage program.

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ACLU Files Brief Opposing Forced Hospitalization of Pregnant Women

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida today filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the state’s decision to force a pregnant woman to remain hospitalized against her will.

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9th Circuit Fills Prescription for Religious Refusals at the Pharmacy

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit lifted the injunction (PDF) on the Washington State pharmacy rules that protect a patient’s right to access medication without discrimination or delay. This is good news for the millions of women seeking to purchase contraception at pharmacies.

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Anti-Sex League Favors “Purity” Over Women’s Health

Should anti-trafficking organizations be allowed to receive US funds to serve trafficking victims, while refusing to use that money to provide contraceptive services or information? A new ACLU lawsuit says no.

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