Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Joins Fox News

  • It was inevitable: Sarah Palin has signed with the Fox News Channel to appear “on a regular basis” as part of “a multi-year deal.” Alaska’s ex-guv will allegedly not get her own show, but instead “will host an occasional series.” Any guesses what her sure-to-be-entertaining series will cover? Put ‘em in the comments. [New York Times]
  • State Rep. Christine Johnson (D), a lesbian lawmaker in Utah, has announced she will be a surrogate parent for two gay male friends. Her pals are lucky to have a friend like Johnson: Utah’s state law forbids gay couples from adopting or being foster parents. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Al Franken (D-MN) have sponsored the Compassionate Care for Servicewomen Act, which would require that the morning-after pill be stocked as a core medicine at every military health care facility. []

  • Washington, D.C., boasts 25 female ambassadors right now—the most ever, according to the State Department. Let’s call it “the Hillary effect”! [Washington Post]
  • The federal jobs website has banned employment discrimination based on gender identity. Between this news and the Obama Administration’s appointment of Amanda Simpson, a transgendered woman, to the Commerce Department, it’s been a good week for trannies. [New York Times]
  • Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin spoke with “Good Morning America” about recent criticisms of her weight. “I’m just like 67 percent of Americans. I struggle with my weight just like they do,” Benjamin said. “So I understand. And I want to have them help me, and I’ll help them, and we’ll work together to try to become a healthier nation.” [ABC News]
  • A Nevada judge ruled that a petition for a “personhood amendment” cannot be circulated because its aims are too vague. The petition sought to define a “person” as anyone “possessing the human genome,” thereby making abortion illegal. [Feminist Daily News]
  • An Illinois man has been denied bail after prosecutors claim he has twice raped women he met on the dating site [Chicago Tribune]
  • A court in San Francisco, California, began debating the same-sex marriage ban Proposition 8, the first federal trial of a ban on gay marriages. Judge Vaughn Walker, who was appointed by Bush Senior, said the case will likely end up in the Supreme Court because he expects that any ruling will be repealed, no matter what. [ABC News]
  • A new report from the Utah Domestic Violence Council found domestic violence deaths jumped from 22 in 2008 to 27 in 2009. “The economy isn’t creating any more domestic violence and causing more death, but it is exacerbating already existing situations,” the council’s executive director explained. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • Chicago Public Schools are reviewing how they handle sexual assaults reported after numerous students have complained. In one case the system refused to move either the victim or her attacker to another school in the school district; in another case, the victim was told the proceedings to have her attacker expelled would take months. [Chicago Tribune]
  • A Boston Globe poll says State Attorney General Martha Coakley is ahead by 15 points to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. If Coakley wins, she will become Massachusetts’ first female senator. []
  • Oooh, we’ll have to check this out: Condom Nation: The U.S. Government’s Sex Education Campaign From World War I to the Internet, by Alexandra M. Lord. Although we don’t need a book to tell us sex education in the United States sucks. [Washington Post]
  • If, perchance, you feel up to reading a 12-page article about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, you’re in luck! [The New Yorker]
  • Op-ed writer Nicholas Kristof used his Sunday column in The New York Times to criticize religions for their treatment of women. “Religions derive their power and popularity in part from the ethical compass they offer,” Kristof wrote. “So why do so many faiths help perpetuate something that most of us regard as profoundly unethical: the oppression of women?” [New York Times]


  • The U.K. pulled a commercial for Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit after a watchdog group ruled it’s misleading for the “after” model to be wearing makeup. [Daily Mail UK]
  • South Korean doctors have admitted they performed up to 30 illegal abortions a month, but they have since stopped. “We sold our soul for money,” said Dr. Choi Anna of the Ion Women’s Clinic in Seoul. “Abortion was an easy way to make money.” Choi and other doctors in a group called Pro-Life Doctors held a news conference last November to ask “forgiveness” for the abortions they performed. Going forward, the doctors said they would report any abortions to the police. [New York Times]
  • The good news: India is becoming more open to discussing sexual matters and women are increasingly using the morning-after pill to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The bad news: at least one gynecologist says using the morning-after pill might be more popular among women than making their partners use a condom. []
  • Countess Freya von Moltke, a member of the Nazi resistance, passed away at age 98. Molkte was part of a group of intellectuals, called the Kreisau, who plotted ways to dismantle Hitler’s Third Reich. [New York Times]

In Today’s Lady News on Friday, we learned a woman vacationing in Dubai with her boyfriend was arrested for sex outside of marriage after she reported being raped and Portugal passed a bill allowing gay marriage.