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This team monitors government activities at all levels for possible erosion of individual liberties as granted by the US Constitution. We strive to educate LWV members and the public about identified issues and encourage action based on League positions.


"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." RBG


People who have glimpsed freedom will never be content until they have secured it for themselves… People who continue to be denied the respect to which they are entitled as human beings will not acquiesce forever in such denial.”



Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at the Conference For Human Rights in La Sorbonne, 1948.

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Civil Liberties 2022 Wrap Up


The Civil Liberties Team chose in September to focus on women’s reproductive justice and health care. We communicate and individually attend the LWVCO Reproductive Justice Task Force (RJTF) zoom meetings.


We helped organize and promote the showing of the documentary The Janes at the Lyric on November 3rd – it was well attended by League members and members of the community. Sharon Davis, Civil Liberties team member, vice-president of LWVCO, and convener of the RJTF, introduced the film and shared resource information for acting.


The Janes
 is available for free on HBOMax. It is worth a month’s subscription for this two-hour documentary about the actions of brave young women in the 60s and 70s in Chicago.

On November 29 and December 6, the Civil Liberties Team members attended either of meetings to discuss Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now by Jenny Brown. This small book reviews the basics of abortion, the history, and includes strategies for action. It is both readable and informative. These two discussions were “in-house” for Civil Liberties Team members. However, if other LWVLC members are interested in hosting or participating in a discussion of the book, contact Jane Everham janeeverham@gmail.com


The Civil Liberties Team will meet on January 10 at 1:30pm on Zoom to discuss and plan for action in 2023. If you would like to join this team or just sit in on our meeting to check us out, please contact Jane Everham at janeeverham@gmail.com

Reproductive Justice is a Civil Right

Post-Roe, is adoption a realistic alternative to abortion?


"Infant adoption in the U.S. has evolved over the past half-century, with significant progress in dismantling legacies of secrecy. Is that enough to make adoption a first-choice alternative to abortion?"

-Mark Trumbull, Staff Writer, Christian Science Monitor (CSM)


Please read the full CSM article linked here



FIVE Unhelpful Abortion Arguments

Which one(s) resonated with you, until now?

#1 Abortion is about individual choice.
Choice is not a compelling vision. It’s not the vision needed to mobilize the kind of movement capable of winning victories.
#2 Abortion is not birth control.
Abortion is not a regrettable last resort.
#3 Abortion is a matter between a woman and her doctor – legislatures should not intervene.
Doctors may be allies or enemies, but certainly aren’t partners.
#4 Abortion is our right to privacy.
It is necessary to break the taboo on abortion in order to make it a public issue and a political demand.
#5 Abortion is not political – legislators should stop “politicizing” abortion.
Political means power and few things are so much about power as the ability to control your reproduction.

Civil Liberties Education and Advocacy

Know Your Rights -Know Your Rights . . . If ICE Knocks on Your Door 
After 25 Years, CDC Wants to Study the Toll of Guns in America  
Thank You for Attending -Take Action for Gun Safety
The first time I made 'good trouble' by Gary G. Yerkey Correspondent CSM
Reimagine Safety
Summary of WAPO article by Florence Field, 2021 June
Q&A About Aurora Detention Center
Why They Marched
Summary written by Florence Field of an article by Susan Ware
Florence's 1619 Project Essay
Summary written by Florence Field from August 18, 2019 NYT article