Today’s Lady News: Oklahoma Law Forces All Abortion Details Online

  • An anti-choice Oklahoma law goes into effect on Nov. 1 requiring the data of every abortion performed in the state to be posted on a public web site. The doctor performing the abortion must answer deliberately misleading questions like, “Was there an infant born alive as a result of the abortion?”. Though the doctor isn’t revealing the woman’s name or address, Broadsheet said the first eight questions of the questionnaire would identify any woman living in a small town. “They’re really just trying to frighten women out of having abortions,” Keri Parks, director of external affairs of Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma said. [Salon.com Broadsheet]
  • The FBI said that in 2008 reported rapes were at their lowest level in the past 20 years. Roughly 89,000 women reported a sexual assault in ’08, compared to 109,062 women who reported rapes in 1992. [USA Today, UK Times Of London] — The use of DNA in rape reporting could be sending more repeat rapists behind bars. But it’s also possible that the number of rapes hasn’t actually gone down and only the number of reported rapes is decreasing.
  • Jetster, an Australian airline, apologized the mother of a 15-year-old girl after a male flight attendant requested to add the girl as a friend on Facebook a few hours after their flight landed. Jetster’s spokesman said the flight attendant obtained the girl’s name off her boarding pass. [News.com.au]—The funniest/creepiest part of this story is that when the girl ignored him, the flight attendant followed up with her again via Facebook and asked why she hadn’t added him yet. Um … maybe because you’re creepy?
  • This is one of the most depressing cases of domestic violence I’ve ever read about: a 33-year-old D.C. man was sentenced to life in prison for beating his estranged girlfriend in the head with a two-foot-tall, 5 lb cruxifix. According to The Washington Post, Carlos Ovalle snuck into his ex-wife’s house, hid in her closet, and when she returned home with her two kids he jumped out holding a knife and said, “Happy birthday. I have your present. Tonight you’re going to die.” He then began beating her in the head with a cruxifix in front of the their two daughters—but stopped to pop a Barbie movie in the DVD player for the girls. When police arrived at the scene, they had to shoot Ovalle to stop him from beating his ex and doctors who testified at Ovalle’s trial said they spent 45 minutes removing shards from the ceramic cruxifix out of her skull and her wounds. F**king. Awful. [Washington Post]
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