Today’s Lady News: VA Lawmaker Says Disabled Kids Are Punishment For Abortion

  • Disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy, Virginia Assemblyman Bob Marshall said in a press conference on Thursday. “The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically,” Marshall told reporters. “Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.” We’re not even going to dignify that with a response. [WTOP]
  • A new law in Saudi Arabia will allow women lawyers to argue court cases for the first time. Women will only be able to argue family law-related cases, like divorce and child custody, however. [BBC]
  • Kathryn Bigelow took home Best Film and Best Director awards for “The Hurt Locker” at the BAFTAs this weekend, beating out her ex-husband James Cameron and his flick, “Avatar.” [MTV]

  • The Oklahoma Country District Court ruled on Friday that a controversial law requiring doctors to post factual information online about women who have abortions, such as their race and age, is unconstitutional. Critics said that information on the website, which would have gone live in March, would have made it easier for anti-abortion activists to identify women living in small towns. [ABC News]
  • Wisconsin state senators voted last week to allow new moms to breastfeed in public and to fine those who interfere with breastfeeding $200. [WTAQ]
  • Shocker! Gays and lesbians in the military do not cause disruption, according to a study of foreign militaries where gays serve openly. The study, “Gays in Foreign Militaries 2010: A Global Primer,” examined armies in the U.K., Australia, Canada and South Africa, and will be released tomorrow by a research group at UC-Santa Barbara. [New York Times]
  • Jessica Valenti, co-founder of the blog Feministing and a friend of The Frisky, had an op-ed published in this Sunday’s Washington Post titled “For Women In America, Equality Is Still An Illusion.” Check it out! [The Washington Post]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Brazil’s president has nominated his chief of staff, Dilma Rousseff, an economist and former guerrilla leader, to replace him in the country’s next election. If she wins, Rousseff will be Brazil’s first female president. [The Washington Post]
  • Police in Jamaica are investigating a doctor who allegedly performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl. All abortions are illegal in Jamaica. [Washington Post]
  • In a Cambridge University study where 6-year-olds were asked to pick their ideal body shapes from a range of digitally altered images, half the kids chose the skinniest option they could choose. [Telegraph UK]
  • According to a report by the U.K.’s Equality and Human Rights Commission, schools’ gender-specific dress codes, like girls in skirts, may be breaking the law because they discriminates against children who identify as transsexuals. [Daily Mail]
  • Gemma Pulsford, 17, of the U.K. has earned the nickname “Tractor Girl” after winning first prize for restoring and repainting a 1962 vintage tractor. [Daily Mail]
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