Today’s Lady News: Meet Eri Yoshida, Baseball’s “Knuckle Princess”!

  • Meet Eri Yoshida, the “Knuckle Princess,” an 18-year-old from Japan. She has accepted an offer to pitch for the Chico Outlaws baseball team in Chico, California, which is a men’s league. Last year Yoshida became the first woman in Japan to play professional baseball with men; she will be the the first to pitch for a U.S. men’s league since the retirement of player Ila Borders in 2000. The Outlaws will provide Yoshida with separate locker room facilities and her own hotel room while traveling. [AFP]
  • Transgender and transgender folks camped outside Tribeca Cinemas in New York City on Tuesday to protest the film “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” which they said is transphobic and promote violence against trans people. Filmmaker Israel Luna said the flick, which is based on ’70s exploitation films, was intended to raise awareness about violence against the trans community. [New York Times]

  • Rep. Bart Stupack (D-MI), who made headlines for pushing to restrict abortion through President Obama’s health care reform bill, has announced he will retire. [New York Times]
  • Newsweek‘s Lisa Miller says it’s time to “break up the all-male club” of the Catholic church and the latest sexual abuse scandal is a “reforming moment.” [Newsweek]
  • On Saturday, Janine Denomme, 45, of Chicago, will be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest by a group of excommunicated female bishops and priests, making her the third female priest in the Chicago area. Said Denomme, who is currently suffering from cancer, “”No matter what the official Catholic church teaching is, they simply cannot dictate whom the Holy Spirit calls.” [Chicago Tribune]
  • A bill to ban abortions in Nebraska after 20 weeks has passed its second round of approval in the State Senate. Second- and third-trimester abortions are already illegal in most cases under the so-called “Partial Birth Abortion Ban,” passed by President George W. Bush. However, the bill bans abortions after 20 weeks using the claim that 20 weeks is when a fetus can feel pain. [Nebraska.tv]
  • The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic school, and its president, Rev. John Jenkins, has released an institutional statement affirming “its commitment to the defense of human life in all its stages.” Notre Dame and Jenkins were harshly criticized last year for having President Obama, a supporter of abortion rights, as the commencement speaker. [South Bend Tribune]
  • Nora Hsu of New York City, who is eight months pregnant, was ticketed $75 by a transit officer for walking between subway cars while looking for a seat. Walking between cars while the train is moving is forbidden, but Hsu said the train was not moving at the time. She also said she was only moving between cars because no one had offered her a seat. An NYPD officer defended the transit officer’s actions. [My Fox NY]
  • Five times in six days, elderly and middle-age Asian women have been assaulted in New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood. Police said the assailants used racial slurs and they are investigating the incidents as hate crimes. [New York Times]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The Supreme Court of The Netherlands told a Christian fundamentalist party run by men that they must accept women in leadership positions and not doing so conficts with the U.N. Treaty for The Rights of Women. The Political Reformed Party (known as SGP) said it takes its cues from the Bible and, therefore, that only putting men in leadership roles is justified by religious freedom. A judge for The Hague said SGP had a right to express its “opinions,” but “in a democratic country, political ideals and programs can only be carried out within the boundaries set by laws.”
  • An Australian Muslim woman was strangled to death when the wheels of her veil got caught into the wheels of the go-kart she was riding. [Jalopnik]
  • A court in Bangladesh has ruled Mulism women who work at schools and colleges cannot be forced to wear the veil. This decision came after the report that an education official criticized a female teacher for not wearing a veil. [Reuters]
  • Police in Victoria, Australia, are investigating whether a doctor intentionally infected 12 women with the STD hepatitis C at a Melbourne abortion clinic between June 2008 and December 2009. According to the Victoria Health Department, the doctor himself had hep C and at least three of the 12 women tested positive for the same strain of hep C as he had. The doctor was suspended in February. [ABC.net.au]
  • Mother Jones magazine examines the “rent-a-womb” business in India, where women live in dormitories together and carry babies as surrogates for American, British, French, Japanese and Israeli “surrogacy tourists.” Definitely worth reading. [Mother Jones Magazine]
  • British police have accused Michael Lyons, 52, of London, of posing as a cult figure who offered women “bogus health treatments” as a way to rape them. “He is a sexual predator masquerading as a guru and a healer,” said a prosecutor, who accused Lyons of claiming to work for the Dalai Lama. Lyons denies the five counts of rape.
  • Miranda Lee, 40, a transsexual in Britain, is threatening South East Essex Primary Care Trust with a lawsuit after it refused to give her a boob job to complete her male-to-female transition. A spokesperson said their policy allows boob jobs “for reconstructive purposes only.” [The Sun UK]
  • Trainees in Afghanistan’s police department are learning the importance of addressing domestic violence, a crime which has been long ignored by Afghani police in the past. The current crop of trainees, which includes 15 women, are role-playing and learning about the psychological impact of physical violence in the home. [Washington Post]
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