Today’s Lady News: 6 Bodies Found At Cleveland Rapist’s Home

Jessica Wakeman | November 2, 2009 - 9:30 pm
  • Six women’s bodies were found at the home of Anthony Sowell, 50, of Cleveland, Ohio, when police arrested him on a rape and felony assault warrant last Thursday. Sowell already served 15 years in prison for a 1989 rape of a 21-year-old woman. Although the bodies have not yet been identified, at least two women who lived within several blocks of Sowell went missing over the summer. [CBS News]
  • Illinois’ parental notification law, which requires physicians to inform a parent or guardian when a girl under the age of 17 wants an abortion, will go into effect tomorrow. The parent or guardian will not be allowed to give consent, but he or she must be notified about the abortion. Girls can bypass notifying their parents by going before a judge, but the judge has 48 hours to rule. Parental notification also isn’t required in the case of a medical emergency or if the girl declares in writing that she is the victim of sexual abuse. [Chicago Tribune]

  • A federal appeals court has struck down a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, law that created two different “buffer zones” around abortion clinics, one to stay 15 feet away from entrances and one to stay eight feet away in a 100-foot zone around entrances. The court ruled on Friday that the 2005 law restricted the free speech of anti-choice protesters. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
  • A Muslim doctor said she was told on a job interview at a Dallas medical clinic that her headscarf would violate the business’s ban on hats. Dr. Hena Zaki of Plano, Texas, has requested an apology and change of policy from CareNow. In a statement, CareNow’s president said there’s nothing wrong with their policy and denied the company is discriminating against religion. [AP]
  • Voters in Maine will decide tomorrow whether to repeal a law allowing same-sex marriage. [Washington Post]
  • Boston’s public transit system is renewing the sexual harassment awareness campaign with new signs informing riders of a number to call to report incidents. After the campaign began in April 2008, there has been a 40 percent increase for incidents of sexual assault and battery. [Boston]
  • An at-home HIV test using blood or saliva samples is just as accurate as the test health care workers provide, according to a new study by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. [U.S. News]
  • Women seeking abortions at public hospitals in Queensland, Australia, where the procedure is highly regulated, have been advised to “speak to a lawyer first,” according to the draft of a consent form. This consent form also warns women that anxiety and depression may result from an abortion. [Brisbane Times]
  • An 11-year-old Bulgarian girl gave birth on the day of her wedding to her 19-year-old boyfriend, who now faces jail time. Kordeza Zhelyazkova became pregnant two weeks after her 11th birthday. []
  • New York magazine profiled the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. She’s had to deal with a lot of sexist b.s., but luckily she’s a tough cookie. Pelosi does not sound like a lady we want to mess with! [New York]