Today’s Lady News: Bikinis 4 Babies!

  • When it comes to bikinis and abortion protesters, the blog posts just writes itself. Behold: “Millions of girls around the world need a great looking bikini to wear to the beach. Millions of babies around the world need to be saved from being brutally butchered. Bikinis 4 Babies combines these two needs by raising funds to help these innocent and defenseless children through selling some of the best looking bikinis, short sets, skirt sets, rompers & dresses at some of the lowest prices available anywhere.” It’s not quite as ridiculous as National Pro-Life Cupcakes Day, but it’s close! [Bikinis 4 Babies]
  • Yesterday the Senate voted to broaden the protections against hate crimes to include victims targeted for their gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The bill already protects victims of violent crimes based on their race, religion, color, and national origin. It now will head to President Obama’s desk, who has said he would sign it. [New York Times]
  • Pepsi ditched its AMP UP Before You Score iPhone app, which supposedly helped men “score” with different categories of women by offering suggested pickup lines for different categories of women like the cougar, foreign exchange student, and nerd. Yeah, we thought it was dumb, too. [L.A. Times]
  • Two Sudanese women ages 25 and 27 were fined $110 and sentenced to 20 lashes each for public indecency because they wore pants in public. This incident echos another in Sudan earlier this year when pants-wearing UN journalist Lubna Hussein was sentenced to lashing, which she eventually evaded. [L.A. Times]
  • According to Illinois state records, one in five orders of protection secured by victims of domestic violence have not been served. Since an order of protection prohibits the abuser from contacting the victim, Illinois’ attorney general and DV advocates are pushing for greater enforcement. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Protect Marriage Washington, a group that defined marriage as between a man and the woman, collected signatures to put a measure on the state ballot to try and repeal rights afforded to domestic partnerships. But the group balked at the idea that the identities of these signatories would be public and fought to keep their petition private. This week, a Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that disclosing the name of the petition’s signers is totally constitutional. [L.A. Times]
  • Immigration lawyer Samir Chowhan in Chicago is in hot water after he listed “sexual interaction with me and my partner” as a job condition for women seeking work as a legal assistant at his firm. When a woman contacted him about the job, Chowhan wrote back that she would have to “perform for us sexually” as “part of the interview process.” Granted, he listed this legal assistant position under “Adult Gigs” on Craigslist, but still…ew. [Chicago Tribune]
  • The Lutheran Church of Sweden, the country’s largest, will marry gay couples starting next month. Last may, the Swedish government introduced a law which afforded gay couples the same marriage rights as straight ones. [BBC]
  • Hundreds of Peruvians are demonstration against a proposed law to legalize abortion in the case of rape, incest or fetal deformity. Presently, abortion is only legal in Peru in order to save the life of the mother. [BBC]
  • A major NYC law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell, recently promoted five associate lawyers to be partners and four of them were women! The firm chairman said it put in place flex-time and maternity leave to encourage the retention of female lawyers. [New York Law Journal]
  • Amelia,” the flick about the legendary life of pilot Amelia Earheart, starring Hilary Swank, debuts tonight!
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