Today’s Lady News: Illinois’ Parental Notification For Abortion Law Is Delayed

  • Illinois’ controversial parental notification law for minors seeking an abortion has been delayed at least until Wednesday morning as officials meet to verify that girls can waive the notification process by petitioning a judge, who has 48 hours to rule on it. The parental notification law does not give parents consent, but requires that they be notified. An exemption is made in the case of a medical emergency or if a girl puts it in writing that she was sexually abused. [Chicago Tribune]

Note: I’ve been reading all your comments on yesterday’s Today’s Lady News post and here’s my two cents: I believe the core principle behind being pro-choice is that the decision to become a mother is one that a girl (or an adult woman) should be able to make on her own. It is her body, not her mother’s, her father’s, or her senator’s. So while this law may not require a parent’s consent, we shouldn’t kid ourselves into thinking plenty of parents won’t shame their daughters into not ending a pregnancy based on their own beliefs about abortion. They might also treat the pregnancy as a punishment for underaged/premarital sex (i.e. “Your actions have consequences…”). Thusly, I believe this law discourages girls from choosing a safe, legal abortion by requiring them to tell their parents, which in a lot of homes, can lead to verbal (name-calling, humiliation, etc.) or physical abuse. Fear of telling one’s parents absolutely could drive girls to end their pregnancies through unclean, dangerous “back alley” means. More to the point, a daughter has a right to make decisions about her own well-being, especially when it comes to such a personal matter as sexual activity. Plus, it’s totally sexist that underage boys who impregnate these girls are not required to notify their parents at all. Frankly, if a girl wants her parent or guardian to know she is getting or has had an abortion, she will tell them. In an ideal world, all girls would feel that support within the home, but we’re hardly there yet.

  • “Lipstick entrepreneurs” is apparently a new term for new women-owned companies. Why is the word “lipstick” necessary? Can’t they just be “entrepreneurs” or even “female entrepreneurs”? [Financial Times]
  • In the past week, two Georgetown University students have had homophobic run-ins off campus. Both victims, a male and a female student, had anti-gay slurs shouted at them and were physically attacked. [Washington Post]
  • Several women studies professors at DePaul University are claiming sex discrimination after they were denied tenure and their appeals to have tenure decisions reversed were also denied. Thirty-three professors were up for tenure this year and only 26 received it, but of the seven professors who did not receive it, five were women. Eighteen men were up, compared to 15 women. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Two bankers in England are suing Japanese investment bank Nomura for millions over sex discrimination. Maureen Murphy and Anna Francis were moved to Nomura after the Lehman Brothers buyout and argue that they were not promoted to similar positions within the new company. Murphy is also suing for sexual harassment after her breasts were allegedly referred to as “honkers” during a meeting and a male co-worker allegedly said women “belong at home cleaning the floors.” [Daily Mail]
  • Three beefeaters at the Tower of London—you know, those guys with the silly hats!—are under investigation for bullying the first female beefer, Moira Cameron. Cameron has alleged her uniform was defaced, lewd notes were left in her locker, and someone wrote unkind things on her Wikipedia page. [NY Times]