Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Sheryl Sandberg steps into abortion fight with ACLU donation

Oct. 04, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

Sheryl Sandberg opened her next chapter as a full-time philanthropist Tuesday with a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union to fight state abortion bans across the country. Sandberg, who officially left her position as Facebook’s parent company Meta’s chief operating...

Indiana ACLU: No rush to halt judge's pause on abortion ban

Oct. 03, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

Indianapolis (AP) — Attorneys for Indiana abortion rights supporters argued Monday there is no rush to suspend a judge's decision temporarily letting abortions continue in the state. It's the latest legal step in the fight over the state's recent abortion ban. Indiana's abortion...

Arizona Legislature won't defend law limiting police filming

Sep. 16, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican leaders of the Arizona Legislature will not try to defend a new law limiting up-close filming of police that has been blocked by a federal judge, a decision that essentially ends the fight over the contentious proposal. Senate President Karen Fann and...

Indiana judge declines request to block state's abortion ban

Sep. 15, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge turned down on Thursday a request to block enforcement of the state’s abortion ban just hours after it took effect. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by abortion clinic operators who argue that the state constitution protects access to the...

California governor OKs mental health courts for homeless

Sep. 14, 2022 19:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With more than 100,000 people living on California’s streets, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a first-of-its kind law on Wednesday that could force some of them into treatment as part of a program he describes as “care” but opponents argue is cruel. Newsom...

Iowa abortion providers say no basis to enact near ban

Sep. 14, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers for Iowa’s largest abortion provider argued in court documents Tuesday that there's no precedent or legal support for bringing back a law banning most abortions, which a judge had permanently blocked in 2019. Planned Parenthood's lawyers from the...

Indiana court hearing set after abortion ban takes effect

Sep. 12, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge won’t hear arguments until next week on a lawsuit seeking to block the state’s abortion ban, leaving that new law set to take effect on Thursday. The special judge overseeing the case issued an order Monday setting a court hearing for Sept....

Federal judge blocks Arizona law limiting filming of police

Sep. 09, 2022 15:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of a new Arizona law restricting how the public and journalists can film police, agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union and multiple media organizations who argued it violated the First Amendment. U.S. District...

Indiana abortion ban challenged under religious freedom law

Sep. 08, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of Indiana’s abortion ban set to take effect next week filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing it would violate a state religious-freedom law that Republican lawmakers approved in 2015. The lawsuit follows another one filed last week also challenging the...

Split appeals panel rejects Nebraska marijuana injunction

Aug. 31, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request to temporarily block part of Nebraska’s ballot initiative petition process sought by a group trying to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Nebraska's ballot petition law, which is...