American Civil Liberties Union

9:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Charter school bill passes legislature, ACLU fights state abortion law and Cottage Food Law class

ACLU attorney Andrew Beck

The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill to establish charter schools in the state.

The House of Representatives voted 58 to 41 to pass the bill after making a few changes. State senators voted 24 to 11 to adopt those changes. The bill now heads to Governor Bentley, who is expected to sign the measure into law after a legal review.

State Democrats have been especially critical of the bill. Nick Rose is the President of the Tuscaloosa Democratic Party. He outlined the party’s three main complaints with the charter school measure.

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3:56 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

ACLU Challenges New Alabama Abortion Law

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on a minor seeking an abortion without parental approval.

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on a minor seeking an abortion without parental approval.

The ACLU says the Alabama law goes beyond any parental consent law in the nation. It provides that when a girl seeks judicial approval for an abortion without her parents' consent, the court can appoint a guardian for the fetus, and it allows a district attorney to question the girl.

The executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, Susan Watson, says the law aims to shame a young woman into not having an abortion.

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Politics & Government
6:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Groups Challenge Alabama's New Abortion Clinic Law

A rally at the capitol today drew both protestors and supporters of an abortion clinic regulation bill.
Julie Bennett /

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood have filed suit in federal court challenging a new Alabama law placing stricter regulations on abortion clinics.

   The suit filed Tuesday in Montgomery says the regulations are medically unnecessary and would shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics.

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HIV Inmates-Alabama
4:28 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Judge Blocks Ala. Policy Of Segregating HIV Inmates

A judge has blocked Alabama's policy of segregating HIV inmates calling it a violation of federal law.
Credit Ryan Vasquez

A judge has struck down Alabama's policy of segregating prison inmates with HIV, ruling that it violates federal law.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday in favor of inmates who filed suit to end the longstanding practice. Thompson says the state's policy violates federal disabilities law.

Thompson says the state and inmate attorneys will have time to propose a way to bring state prisons into compliance with his order.

The American Civil Liberties Union calls the decision "historic." The state has yet to comment on the ruling.

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Alabama HIV Inmates
11:44 am
Wed November 21, 2012

HIV Positive Inmates Seek Equality In Alabama's Prisons

Limestone Correction Facility is where Alabama sends all of it's HIV positive male inmates.
Credit / Alabama Department of Corrections

Here in Alabama, prisoners with HIV are segregated from the rest of the prison population. This makes Alabama just one of two states that still does this. Prison officials say it’s for the safety of the inmates, but some prisoners say it’s unfair and a violation of privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state on behalf of prisoners to end the segregation. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez spoke with the man at the center of the issue... 

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Politics & Government
8:14 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Trial Begins on Separating Alabama HIV Prisoners

Alabama prisons officials are headed to court to defend a long-standing policy that segregates inmates who have tested positive for HIV.

The American Civil Liberties Union says in a lawsuit filed by HIV-positive inmates the policy is unconstitutional and makes it difficult for some prisoners to participate in prison programs.

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Tue September 4, 2012

ACLU Opposing Ala Requirement for Prison Visits

The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing a new policy that requires Alabama prison visitors to have their fingerprints scanned.

David Fathi of the ACLU's National Prison Project tells the Montgomery Advertiser ( ) the new rule is "extreme."

Fathi says no other state has such a requirement. He says it's a barrier to people visiting state prisoners.

Prison spokesman Brian Corbett says the policy began last month as the department upgraded its computer systems.

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