Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Judge partially blocks law aimed at oil pipeline protests

Sep. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. A lawsuit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union against Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg alleges that...

ACLU: Kansas inmate could die without opioid-addiction meds

Sep. 9, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of an inmate they claim could die without a drug used to treat his opioid addiction. After an emergency hearing Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. District...

ACLU: Michigan candidate shut out Down syndrome drag troupe

Sep. 6, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says a Republican candidate for Congress has discriminated against a troupe of drag performers with Down syndrome, according to a complaint filed Thursday. The civil rights group filed a complaint with the Michigan Civil Rights...

Lawsuit challenges end of immigrant medical relief program

Sep. 5, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Civil rights groups sued President Donald Trump's administration Thursday over its decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to remain in the country for medical treatment and other hardships. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Lawyers for Civil Rights...

ACLU criticizes bill criminalizing domestic terrorism

Sep. 4, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose a bill that targets white supremacist groups by criminalizing domestic terrorism. The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump administration...

Pentagon approves military construction cash for border wall

Sep. 3, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Pentagon officials would not say which 127 projects will be affected, but said details will...

WVa lawsuit: School official harassed trans teen in bathroom

Aug. 28, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a West Virginia transgender male who said an assistant principal harassed him when he tried to use the boys' bathroom, the latest in a string of court challenges to school policies for transgender students nationwide. The lawsuit filed in state...

Federal judge blocks Missouri's 8-week abortion ban

Aug. 27, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won't take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out in court, which...

Judge expected to rule Tuesday on injunction of abortion law

Aug. 26, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge said he will issue a ruling Tuesday that will determine whether Missouri's new abortion law banning abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy will take effect as scheduled this week. During a court hearing on Monday, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil...

The Latest: Judge to rule Tuesday on abortion injunction

Aug. 26, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a Missouri law that would ban abortions at or after the eighth week of pregnancy (all times local): 4 p.m. A federal judge says he will issue an order Tuesday that will determine whether a law banning abortions at or after the eighth week of pregnancy takes effect this...