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Samaa

This month, the ACLU is working with Planned Parenthood in Alabama and Wisconsin to reverse restrictive Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws that were passed in the two states last year. Last month, I wrote about TRAP laws being used as a tool to prevent access to safe and legal abortions.

Anna

Our partner profiles highlight the broad range of individuals and organizations we work with to advance and protect the rights of all people in Maine.

I meet with Representative Sara Gideon at Bard Coffee to discuss the success of LD1686, the bill - now law - that expands the availability of a drug called Naloxone, an “opioid antagonist” that counters the effects of opioid overdose.

Grainne

To me, the term "debtors' prison" immediately conjures images of 19th century England and of something found in the pages of Charles Dickens novels. However, as a recent special segment by NPR revealed, de facto debtors' prisons – where we imprison people for failure to pay fines – are increasingly common practice throughout the United States today.

Zach

Earlier this year, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services proposed to change the eligibility guidelines for the General Assistance program to exclude many non-citizens (including asylum seekers who came to this country fleeing religious and political persecution).

Each Friday, we’ll bring you updates on the latest civil liberties news from Maine and the nation.

ACLU Sues U.S. Border Patrol’s Parent Agency, Customs and Border Protection

On Thursday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court to demand Customs and Border Protection (CBP) release a report critical of use-of-force practices.

Samaa

This week, the ACLU of Pennsylvania sent Pennsylvania's Attorney General a letter asking her to enforce the 2010 Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act. The 2010 bill (SB 1074) bans the use of handcuffs, leg shackles, and other physical restraints on pregnant incarcerated individuals who are in the second and third trimesters of their pregnancies.

Grainne

Last Saturday we marked the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark civil rights case that ruled state-sanctioned public school segregation is unconstitutional. In a friend-of-the-court brief in that case, the ACLU and partnering organizations argued that “segregation and equality cannot co-exist.

Jon

Each year the ACLU of Maine teaches over 100 workshops to students, which gives us plenty of chances to cite both new and old decisions by the Supreme Court. Hypotheticals can be fun, but students routinely tell us that they enjoy hearing about real cases - and why wouldn’t they? Disputes that make it to the Supreme Court are often fascinating, and the big cases involving students tend to be particularly juicy and ripe for debate.

Anna

Each Friday, we’ll bring you updates on the latest civil liberties news from Maine and the nation.

Idaho’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Ruled Unconstitutional

This past Tuesday, a federal judge issued an injunction to block enforcement of Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. 

Monica Hopkins, Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho states:

Samaa

Student attorneys at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic and the Refugee and Human Rights Program at the Maine Law School recently published a guide for immigrant victims of domestic violence. While the guide should not be used as a substitute for legal advice, it does provide invaluable information for individuals whose fear of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may keep them from contacting authorities. The guide is comprehensive.

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