Louise Melling

Louise Melling (@LibertyLouise) is a Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and the Director of its Center for Liberty. The Center encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive freedom, women’s rights, lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights, and freedom of religion and belief. Before assuming this role, Ms. Melling was Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, in which capacity she oversaw nationwide litigation, communications research, public education campaigns, and advocacy efforts in the state legislatures.

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Meals on Wheels and other HHS-funded community meal programs designed to support older adults could refuse to deliver food to older Americans who are Jewish, Muslim, or LGBTQ. (Photo: Gabe Souza/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Trump Wants to Allow Discrimination With Billions of Dollars of Federal Funding
Last Friday, the Trump administration announced an alarming new proposal that would strip away critical protections against discrimination in grants funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Initially, we thought this proposal would serve to fulfill Trump’s promise to give taxpayer-...
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
An Outright Reversal of Roe V. Wade Isn’t All We Should Fear
Across the country, people are talking about abortion as legislatures in the South and Midwest mount a full-scale attack on our reproductive freedom. Naturally, people are stressed and angry. I am too. I’ve been fighting to protect abortion access for more than 25 years. I’m worried about the...
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Anti-abortion (in front) and abortion-rights (in back) advocates demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court in June. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Will the Supreme Court Overturn Roe v. Wade After All?
This piece was originally published in The New York Times . When the Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear cases brought by Louisiana and Kansas attempting to exclude Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from their Medicaid programs, legal soothsayers were out in full force opining...
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Saturday, April 04, 2015
Why David Brooks Is Wrong About Discrimination and Indiana’s RFRA
Let me get straight to the point – David Brooks’ column this week encouraging gay and transgender people to simply accept discrimination for as long as it takes for society to come around was more than misguided. It undercuts core American values of fairness and equality and advances the idea that’...
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