Today’s Lady News: ACLU Challenges Nevada’s Attempt To Call A Fetus A “Person”

  • The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Nevada Supreme Court on Friday to challenge a ballot initiative seeking to ban abortions by calling a fetus a “person.” The initiative would change the Nevada Constitution by adding this: “In the great state of Nevada, the term ‘person’ applies to every human being.” The ACLU has alleged that the wording is so vague, it may not be clear to voters that the initiative is actually intended to criminalize abortion. [Nevada Sun]
  • According to a new poll by The Washington Post, 55 percent of Americans view Sarah Palin unfavorably, compared with 37 percent who view her favorably. [The Washington Post]
  • Two female suicide bombers are being blamed in the terrorist attack on Russia’s subway system this morning. Police suspect the women might have been “black widows” from a group of Chechen rebels. [CNN]

  • A female Catholic bishop, Bridget Mary Meehan, the spokeswoman for Roman Catholic Womanpriests, is calling for Pope Benedict to resign after the latest allegations from the Vatican’s sex abuse scandal. [Democracy Now]
  • An Illinois judge is expected to rule today on an order to bar enforcement of a law that would require the parents of teenaged girls to be notified if she has an abortion. If the law goes into effect, it will require parents to be notified within 48 hours of a girl’s abortion. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Colorado’s Secretary of State’s office said the anti-abortion group Personhood USA has submitted enough valid signatures to get an initiative on the state ballot that would change the definition of a fetus to a “person.” A similar “personhood amendment” was defeated in Colorado in 2008. []
  • In a speech to the Treasury Department today, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said women are underrepresented in Wall Street boardrooms. “There are deep disparities in opportunities for women in business and finance, and the business community should have a strong interest in removing those disparities,” said Geithner, who added that women are paid roughly 20 percent less per dollar than men. [Business Week]
  • A woman has filed a civil lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Santonio Holmes, alleging he assaulted her in the VIP room of the Rain Night Club in Orlando, Florida, on May 7. Anshonoe Mills claims Holmes told her to “get up” off a couch because he had been sitting there before, and when she refused to move, Mills claims Holmes threw a glass of water in her face. Mills’ lawsuit also claims the football player tried to give her money to keep quiet about the incident. [USA Today]
  • A University of Minnesota study found that of over 100 sexual harassment complaints in the past five years, only one-fifth were formally investigated. []
  • Student activists at American University in Washington, D.C., have hung signs that say “No room for rape apologists” at a bunch of newsstands that carry the student newspaper after a student, Alex Knepper, wrote a piece blaming feminists for ruining sex by insisting on clear consent. Copies of the newspaper were also thrown against the door of the American University Eagle’s offices. [The Sexist]
  • The student activities group at Georgetown University, a Jesuit college, has voted to fund a panel discussion on abortion rights by inviting three pro-choice men to speak about men’s role in the abortion issue. [The Bulletin]


  • A Ministry of Labor study of 1,000 Koreans found that over 50 percent of women feel discriminated against at work. Interestingly, while 60 percent of the women surveyed said sexual discrimination at work is a serious issue, almost 60 percent of Korean men said it is not. [The Korea Herald]
  • A 15-year-old boy in Ireland has lost his court challenge to a “Romeo and Juliet provision” law, which prosecutes boys for underage sex, but not girls. The 15-year-old boy has been charged with unlawful carnal knowledge and committing buggery, while the 14-year-old girl has not been charged. The judge, Justice Elizabeth Dunne, ruled that the law is discriminatory, but the discrimination was not “invidious or capricious.” [Irish Times]
  • Former “Hey Dad!” child star Sarah Monahan said she has been receiving hate mail after she recently came public about alleged molestation by Robert Hughes, who played her father on the Australian ’80s show. Last week, Monahan, now 32, was the first to come forward with allegations; since Monahan spoke up, police say eight other sexual harassment and assault allegations have been lodged against Hughes. [Adelaide Now]