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Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Stumps For McCain This Weekend

  • Today and tomorrow, Sarah Palin will hit the campaign trail in Arizona with her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, who is up for reelection. [CNN]
  • This May, Palin will also give the keynote address at an anti-abortion fundraiser in Washington, D.C. She’ll be speaking to donors to the Susan B. Anthony List. [Politico]
  • Yesterday, health advisers to the Food and Drug Administration met to discuss the skin cancer risks of tanning beds and mulled over banning artificial tanning for those under age 18. You can read more here about the “tanning tax” in Obama’s health care reform bill. [AP]
  • One in three breast cancer cases could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, according to experts at a breast cancer conference in Spain yesterday. [CBS News]
  • The high school in Mississippi that chose to cancel prom rather than allow a lesbian student to bring her female date also suspended a trans student in January. Juin Baize, 16, was enrolled at Itawamba Agricultural High School for only one day before she was given a suspension notice and sent home. Baize is now trying to get her high school diploma online. [Dan Savage via The Stranger]
  • Two U.S. Representatives introduced the Healthy Media For Youth Act in Congress yesterday, developed in collaboration with The Girl Scouts. The Act would create voluntary guidelines to promote positive media images of women and girls and support media literacy programs. [Girl Scouts Blog]
  • Oklahoma’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill that will require a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound within one hour of the procedure and then have the contents of it explained to her. [Tulsa World]
  • Two women’s rights groups filed a complaint yesterday against District Judge G. Darrell Russell, Jr., a Baltimore County judge who performed a wedding ceremony between a woman and a man accused of beating her, and then acquitted the man. The new wife then invoked “marital privilege” so she would not have to testify against her husband, who was then found not guilty by the judge. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi commemorated Women’s History Month at the Capitol yesterday. [UPI]
  • A 15-year-old Liberian refugee in Arizona who participated in a gang rape of an 8-year-old girl last year has been sentenced to up to three years of juvenile prison for therapy. The boy, who was 14 at the time of the attack, was the only one of the four perpetrators to be tried as an adult. [AP]
  • Kerry Keene, Jennifer Pavao, and Amy Rinker of Massachusetts were on “The Early Show” this morning to tell the story of how they pulled Marjorie Ponder out from her car moments before it became completely submerged in a backyard pool. Ponder lost control of her car because she was suffering a diabetic episode. [CBS News]
  • A 40-year-old woman in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was able to fight off a man who broke into her home with a knife and attempting to rape her. Police said she only suffered minor cuts to her hands. [KTIV]
  • The new publisher of the feminist magazine Venus Zine, Sarah Beardsley, has said feminism is “an old-fashioned concept” and “doesn’t seem relevant.” [Bust]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The government of the Bahamas has indefinitely shelved plans to make marital rape illegal because not enough women supported the plan. Such a law would give women the same protection against getting raped by their husbands as by strangers. [The Tribune]
  • Taipei City, Taiwan, has passed a Public Breastfeeding Regulation which decreed nursing moms may breastfeed in all public spaces. [Taipei Times]
  • The United Nations will air three spots on seven radio stations throughout Haiti for 60 days straight which advise women on how to increase their security at the camps that were established after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Rape has been a rampant problem in the camps for women and girls. [AsiaOne]
  • Weeks after the Indian government passed a quota requirement for women politicians, a writer for Foreign Policy argues that quota systems won’t necessarily work. [Foreign Policy]
  • Bar hostesses, or “modern geishas,” marched in Tokyo’s red light district today to demand better working conditions. [National Post of Canada]
  • A British academic has argued that a proposed law to allow 16- and 17-year-olds access to contraception would not reduce the teen pregnancy rate because they would not fully understand the nature and consequences of birth control. [IrishTimes.com]
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