Today’s Lady News: $2 Cervical Cancer Test Could Cut Deaths By 100K

Jessica Wakeman | January 15, 2010 - 9:30 pm
  • British scientists say a $2 cervical cancer test could help prevent up to 100,000 deaths a year by women in developing countries. Cervical cancer is the #1 cause of death of women in the developing world and 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur there. [Reuters]
  • For the first time ever, tomorrow ESPN will show women’s basketball in a marquee “College Game Day,” along with the male teams. “Look how society tends to embrace things men do,” said UConn basketball player Tina Charles. “By now, [men’s basketball players] are used to this. It’s nothing new for them. But I feel this will be a turnaround [day] for women’s basketball. Finally, we’re being acknowledged for the things we do. There will be a lot of little girls watching us.” The one-hour game day telecast will showcase some of the best players on the UCONN team. [Hartford Courant]

  • A judiciary committee within Kentucky’s state Senate voted in favor of a completely unnecessary law which would require women seeking an abortion to have and view an ultrasound. Clearly these people did not see The Onion’s hilarious video mocking them. [Feminist Daily News]
  • According to the media industry publication Folio, men and women start out earning the same in entry-level jobs, but by the time they reach management positions, men can be earning anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 more. [Folio]
  • Judge Warren Wilbert, the judge overseeing the case of Scott Roeder, who murdered abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in May, is a practicing Roman Catholic who once sought the endorsement of an anti-abortion group. The Kansas legal community apparently considers him a fair judge, but perhaps this could be why Judge Wilbert is allowing Roeder to argue his beliefs caused him to murder Tiller in “voluntary manslaughter”? [Washington Post]
  • Washington State introduced two bills in the state House and Senate to require that so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which frequently pop up near abortion clinics and are run by pro-lifers, do not actually provide medical care for women or information/referrals for birth control. Said State Rep. Judy Clibborn (D) who introduced the bill, “It is about establishing standards for transparency and accuracy.” [Feminist Daily News]
  • PETA is negotiating with advertisers to put up a billboard in Houston near a Planned Parenthood which shows pictures of baby chicks and reads, “Pro-life? Go vegan.” In a press release they said their goal is “to urge people in the pro-life movement to respect the sanctity of life every time they eat—by rejecting the slaughterhouse.” [Womanist Musings]
  • Something to look forward to: hereditary hair loss and hair thinning are common in women, but treatments don’t seem to work. Lovely. [New York Times]
  • Goel Ratzon, a suspected cult leader in Israel, has been arrested for allegedly raping and enslaving dozens of women. Ratzon has 17 wives and 60 children and was busted when one of his wives went to Israeli police last year accusing him of rape. [Ha’aretz]
  • Not surprising: the divorce rate is lower in states that don’t ban same-sex marriage. [Feministing]
  • A South Texas bar owner and bartender have been arrested after allegedly forcing teenage girls from Honduras, ages 14 to 17, into prostitution. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Sheryl WuDunn, author of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide with her husband, The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, spoke to Guernica magazine about the correlation between modern sex slavery and African slavery, her mother’s foot binding, and the lack of political will to lift the status of women in developing countries. Note to self: we still need to get this book. [Guernica]