‘We’re in the fight of our lives’: Alabama abortion law spurs lawsuits and protests

Women’s health advocates and Democratic leaders vow to fight the measure and the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide

Source: ‘We’re in the fight of our lives’: Alabama abortion law spurs lawsuits and protests | US news | The Guardian

Make Your Voice Heard in Salem – Lobby Day – Feb. 18, 2019

Registration page: https://action.aclu.org/webform/or-2019-lobby-day


Your voice is powerful in Salem. Meet other ACLU supporters and help create an Oregon that treats all people fairly!
Join us on Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day – at the state capital. Meet with your state legislators to advocate for issues like juvenile justice reform and immigrant rights with the ACLU of Oregon.
No experience is necessary to join us! Participants will receive training on how to talk to lawmakers effectively before gathering with smaller groups to meet with Oregon’s legislators and their staff. We will also be hosting a rally at the capitol steps.
This year, in Portland and Eugene, we are offering free bus rides to and from Salem, and we can also help connect people with others in your area to share a ride. We want to see you there!
Lobby Day Agenda:
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration and coffee
First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem, OR 97301
9 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Lobby Day Training
First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem, OR 97301
11 a.m. Legislator meetings / view floor session
Capitol Building
11 a.m. – 1:30 pm. Box lunches available
Room 167, Capitol Building
12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Rally and group photo (attendees start gathering at 12:15).
Capitol steps
1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Legislator meetings / committee meetings 
Capitol Building
3:45 p.m. Busses leave for Portland and Eugene 


Jane Doe’s Ordeal Illustrates the Trump Administration’s Threat to All Women’s Reproductive Rights

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
OCTOBER 26, 2017 | 5:30 PM

Last night was the first night in a month that I was able to fall asleep without worrying about whether Jane Doe would get the medical care she needs. Jane, a 17-year-old unaccompanied immigrant minor, received her abortion yesterday after being held hostage by our federal government for over a month. But while the legal drama and Jane’s plight captured the country’s attention, her battle is part an overall war being waged by the Trump Administration against reproductive rights and immigrants’ rights. Jane crossed the U.S. border on her own in September. She was detained and placed in a government-funded shelter where she discovered she was pregnant. She immediately asked for an abortion. But what federal officials did next is straight out of dystopian fiction. Under their new Trump-era policy, which drastically restricts abortion access for minors in their custody, they ordered the shelter to block Jane from accessing an abortion. Government officials then forced her to visit a “Crisis Pregnancy Center,” a religiously-affiliated counseling center that is not staffed by healthcare professionals, to try to coerce her to carry her pregnancy to term. As Jane herself said, “People I don’t even know are trying to make me change my mind.” Jane was resolute in her decision to have an abortion, and she bravely decided to challenge the government’s unlawful and inhumane actions. It might be easy to dismiss Jane’s case as unique. But make no mistake: The Trump Administration would do to all of us what it has done to Jane if it could. Anti-abortion politicians always start by targeting the most marginalized. Shortly after Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, a member of Congress, Henry Hyde, introduced a law that banned Medicaid from covering abortion. “I certainly would like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle-class woman, or a poor woman,” he said at the time. “Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the Medicaid bill.” To this day, the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funds to cover abortion for those who have Medicaid for their health insurance, forcing one in four poor women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term because she can’t raise the money to pay for an abortion. Though separated by time, the Trump administration’s actions mirror those of Hyde. They aim to put an end to abortion, and they target low-income and marginalized people in our society. Trump has vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe, and earlier this month, the Trump Administration rolled back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirement. There is no doubt that more attacks are coming. In just the first six months of 2017, state legislators in six states introduced measures to ban all abortions, and legislators in 28 states introduced measures to ban abortions under some circumstances, all of them supported by the Trump administration. If you were outraged by what our government did to Jane, you should know that there are so many more Janes out there. Not just unaccompanied immigrant minors, who are in a similar situation to Jane, but everyone in this country who is unable to access the care that they need because of the sham laws put in place by ideological politicians. As we did for Jane, let’s stand together and say: If you want to come for any of these Janes, you have to go through us first.

Source: Jane Doe’s Ordeal Illustrates the Trump Administration’s Threat to All Women’s Reproductive Rights | American Civil Liberties Union