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American Civil Liberties Union American Civil Liberties Union The American Civil Liberties Union is an organization which takes on the issues of concern to the American public and any violations of their rights or liberties including discrimination I turned to their web site for information regarding their activity The following information is from the summary of their work in 1999 Although its two years old I feel it paints an accurate picture of the ACLU their work and what they stand for Teen Mothers in National Honor Society In the spring of 1998 two 18 year old teen mothers were barred from admission into the National Honor SocietyNHS based on the fact that theyd had premarital sex The selection committee blatantly disregarded the fact that these two girls were highly qualified for induction into the NHS At this point the ACLUs Womens Rights Project filed a discrimination lawsuit and the following May the girls were inducted into the society Abortion The ACLU which is a pro-choice organization filed a legal challenge through its Reproductive Freedom Project concerning New Jerseys Parental Notification Act The act requires minors to obtain either parental consent or a court order before getting an abortion The ACLU feels that this law will do more harm than good They believe that most teens considering abortion have already involved their parents in their decision and that the ones who havent have done so for a reason In a similar situation the House of Representatives passed a bill making a criminal out of anyone other than a parent taking a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion The ACLU feels that this bill will once again do more harm than good by dissuading girls from getting help from someone they trust Adoption By GayLesbian Couples The ACLUs Lesbian and Gay Rights Project is challenging Floridas ban on gay and lesbian adoptions citing the 2000 foster children without homes In addition the ACLU
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