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Hi Dell --

I don't need to tell you that our abortion rights are under attack. But as the Trump administration and lawmakers take aim at women's health from every direction, it can be hard to keep up.

That's why I'm sending you this update on the most urgent attacks on abortion in the country, and how the ACLU is fighting back with the help of supporters like you.

First: We've joined a powerful group of partner organizations and 21 states by filing our own lawsuit over Trump's new Title X rule, which would disrupt access to critical health care for four million people each year. Trump's rule forces health care providers like those at Planned Parenthood to make an impossible choice: withhold information about abortion from patients who seek it, or lose federal funding.

This fight is about the right to make decisions about our health care -- about our own bodies and our lives. And we will be there with you, every step of the way.

We're bringing it to the state level, too. Right now, Kentucky is poised to pass a near-total ban on abortion -- making it a crime to provide an abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, before many people even know they’re pregnant. As soon as the bill passes, we'll be in court to ensure that people can continue to get the care they need. Unfortunately, other states like Ohio and Tennessee are waiting to follow suit. And if they do, we'll be there.

But we aren't content just playing defense. In states around the country, we are working to expand access to abortion care.

In New York, activists like you helped pass a bill that codifies Roe v. Wade -- meaning that no matter what happens at the federal level, the right to an abortion will remain intact in that state. And we're pushing through similar abortion rights bills in states like Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- with more to come.

This is about more than abortion. This is about ensuring we can all live equally and can determine our own futures. When there's this much at stake, we need to fight back with the full force of the ACLU -- and that includes supporters like you.

We'll soon be sending you concrete ways to not just defend our hard-fought abortion rights, but expand access to ensure that everyone can get the care they need. But for now, I want to make sure you know the latest.

You're a key part of this fight, Dell. Thank you for staying in it.

Jennifer Dalven
Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project


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