Today’s Lady News: Anti-Abortion Group Crashing Spring Break In West Palm Beach

  • Guess who is coming to spring break, guys? An anti-abortion group with two “truth trucks,” featuring huge photos of aborted fetuses. The Personhood FL Spring Break Tour 2010 will head to West Palm Beach and other beaches starting next week, where it plans to distribute 30,000 petitions to challenge the constitutionality of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal. Talk about a buzzkill. [WPTV]
  • After discovering parole records for John Albert Gardner III, the man accused of murdering 17-year-old Chelsea King, had been destroyed, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered law enforcement to retain all records on sex offenders. It boggles my mind that sex offenders’ criminal records were being destroyed. [AP]
  • This morning 200 Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, who flew military planes during World War II, received Congressional Gold Medals at the Capitol. [AP]

  • Women’s and pro-choice groups in Illinois have blasted gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady (F), saying he has “extremes positions against women.” Brady is against same-sex marriage and abortion in all cases except to save the life of the woman; he also has resisted laws that mandate insurance coverage for pap smears, mammograms and birth control, and equal pay laws. [My Fox Illinois]
  • James Dalton Bratcher of New Jersey has been accused of allegedly groping a sleeping woman’s breast twice on Continental Flight 787 on Friday before she complained to a flight attendant. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, pregnancy discrimination complaints rose 56 percent from 1997 to 2009, more than all other workplace discrimination charges. [Long Island Business News]
  • West Virginia’s House Health Committee advanced a bill yesterday which will require physicians to perform an ultrasound on women receiving abortions. [Charleston Daily Mail]
  • A House committee in Tennessee passed a bill on Tuesday that will require a woman to give written consent before having an abortion that it was her own decision, as well as require clinics to post a sign letting women know it is against the law for anyone to force them to end a pregnancy. [WSMV]
  • Movie critic Manohla Dargis says Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award wins for “The Hurt Locker” have “helped dismantle stereotypes about what types of films women can and should direct.” [New York Times]
  • The Root interviewed Carol Moseley Braun, the first black female senator elected to Congress, from 1993 until 1999. Braun also ran for president in 2004. She said in the interview: “Men will look in the mirror and say, ‘I should be the next governor, senator, president, whatever.’ Women look in the mirror and say, ‘Well, I’m too old, I’m too young, I’m not this, I’m not that. I’m not a politician.’” [The Root]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Women in Afghanistan say they are not included enough in the country’s rebuilding process and they are wary of America’s overtures to work with the Taliban, which abused and killed women during its dictatorship. [NPR]
  • A study of 31,000 math students at community colleges in Canada found that women in their 40s outpace men in their math scores. [Toronto Star]
  • British social service agencies have apologized for failing to help two daughters who were made pregnant by their father a total of 18 times. A review found that the two daughters had contact with 28 different agencies and 100 staff members over 35 years, and no one protected them. In 2008, the father, who is from Sheffield, was sentenced to life in prison for 25 counts of rape. [BBC]
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