The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision today that invalidated patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation on behalf of researchers, genetic counselors, patients, breast cancer and women’s health groups, and medical professional associations representing 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday struck down a Virginia law imposing a state residency requirement on persons who petition for third-party presidential candidates to appear on the general election ballot
The ACLU of Virginia today rejected the conclusion of the report of the Attorney General’s Rights Restoration Advisory Committee that the governor does not have the power to issue an executive order restoring voting rights, and urged Gov. Bob McDonnell to move ahead despite the Committee’s finding.
ACLU of Virginia and Equality Virginia urge Gov. McDonnell to end adoption, foster care discrimination
This week, the ACLU of Virginia and Equality Virginia asked Gob. Bob McDonnell to ensure that the best interests of children inform his “Virginia Adopts” Campaign and that all families are considered and included in his goals to raise awareness about the foster care and adoption process.
The ACLU of Virginia today expressed concern about the implementation of Virginia’s new voter ID law, SB 1256, and its impact on voters’ access to the polls. The ACLU provided public comment at this afternoon’s State Board of Elections meeting.
Federal District Court Judge Michael Urbanski today ruled that the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors violated the First Amendment rights of ACLU of Virginia client Barbara Hudson by opening meetings with prayers that favored one set of religious beliefs over others.
Gov. Bob McDonnell last night proposed limited amendments to legislation that called for a two-year moratorium on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, by law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the Commonwealth thereby assuring that Virginia will become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide restriction on the use of drones.
The ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell urging him to sign without amendment the drone moratorium legislation sent to his desk in February by overwhelming bi-partisan votes in the General Assembly.
The ACLU of Virginia and more than a dozen other groups concerned about voting rights today sent a letter to Governor Bob McDonnell urging him to veto legislation that imposes stricter identification requirements at the polls, which the groups expect will limit eligible voters’ access on Election Day.