Today’s Lady News: Oklahoma Pols Override Governor’s Vetoes On Scary Abortion Bills

  • The Oklahoma Legislature voted today to override two vetoes on bills restricting abortion, which Governor Brad Henry had vetoed last week. One bill requires a doctor to show a woman who wants an abortion an ultrasound and describe the development of the fetus, with no exception for rape and incest victims. The second bill protects doctors from malpractice lawsuits if they do not tell the parents that the fetus has birth defects. Gov. Henry said the first bill was an intrusion into a woman’s privacy and called the second bill immoral. Two other abortion-related bills are still working their way through OK’s legislature. [New York Times]
  • Did you know there are “chick cars” and “dude cars”? Automotive industry experts say accelerator and break pedals are now being made with womens’ high heels in mind and the 2010 Chevy Equinox comes with a spacious center console for a purse (although if you’re a dude, the salesman might tell you it’s for “a laptop”). A General Motors spokesman also said a back-up camera display in the rear-view mirror will be helpful for people who have trouble parallel parking, which we’re supposed to infer means women. Annoying. []

  • Female non-smokers are two or three times more likely than male non-smokers to get lung cancer, according to a report by the Women’s Health Policy and Advocacy Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Lung Cancer Alliance in Washington. The “Out Of The Shadows” report says 70,500 American women die annually from lung cancer, including 25,000 who have never smoked. [UPI]
  • A recent study of Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites in the southwestern United States suggests that Latino women are less at risk for breast cancer. Experts suggest risks could be lowered because Latinas in the southwest tend to have more kids and have them younger, as well as consume less alcohol and tobacco. [Guanabee]
  • Essence asks why recent maternal mortality data out of New York City shows that more black women are dying in childbirth. [Essence]
  • A Politico investigation by female staffers on Capitol Hill say it’s an uphill battle for women to achieve work/life balance while working for the federal government. Said Ann Jacobs, legislative director for a state representative from Maryland, “The bottom line is that most women have to leave when they have kids because their bosses are not accommodating. Members of Congress are selfish inherently because they want their staff around them all the time.” [Politico]
  • Rev. Stephen Valenta, an 86-year-old priest, has ben sentenced to five years probation for forcing an elderly woman to perform a sex act on him in a Texas church rectory in 2008. Valenta pleaded no contest to the felony charge of injury of the elderly and his sexual assault charge was dropped as part of the plea deal. Disgusting. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Members from the South Carolina House and Senate for a committee established to discuss a bill to restrict abortion rights failed to show up at the meeting this morning. The bill would increase the waiting period for a woman to have an abortion. After their no-show, the bill’s sponsor accused his colleagues of being disingenuous about their support for the bill. [WACH]
  • Police in Boston arrested Enrique Lopes, 30, for indecent assault and battery after he groped a 20-year-old woman at the MBTA’s Red Line station in Dorchester. Police said witnesses saw Lopes make a similar advance to another woman but she left the station before police arrived. [Patriot Ledger]
  • Carly Fiorina, the Republican Senate candidate of California and former CEO of Hewlett Packard, has won the endorsement of a major anti-abortion group, the Susan B Anthony List Candidate Fund. []
  • The body of Laura Garza, a Texan who came to New York to dance, was found on Friday near Scranton, Pennsylvania. Garza was last seen in December 2008 leaving a night club in New York City with Michael Mele, a known sex offender who had violently attacked women on previous occasions. (Mele is currently in jail for violating parole.) If I’ve asked it once, I’ve asked it a thousand times: Why are sex offenders allowed out of prison, ever? [Guanabee]
  • Ms. magazine tackles the 10 worst abortion-related myths — and how to refute them. [Ms.]
  • Eunice G. Sanborn, 113, of Texas, is the oldest person in the United States. Sanborn was born in 1896, only three decades after the end of the Cvil War. She’s lived in the same house since the 1940s and has outlived three husbands and her only child, who passed away recently at age 90. [Dallas Morning News]


  • Oh Eun-sun, 44, of South Korea, is the first woman to climb the world’s 14 highest mountains. In minus-20 degree weather, Eun-sun reached the top of Annapurna in the Himilayas this morning, threw her arms in the air and shouted “Victory!” [Los Angeles Times]
  • About 5,000 women employed as cleaners, cooks and caregivers for the Birmingham City Council have won millions of dollars in back-back from a gender discrimination lawsuit after it was found bonuses were only given to male employees. [BBC]
  • Shannon Barry, 31, a lesbian, says police in Edmonton, Canada, are not treating her recent physical attack by four men yelling “dykes” and “faggots” as a hate crime. Barry and five friends were walking home one night when the men began yelling at them from across the street. Barry, who was drunk, stumbled and fell on the ground and one of the men kicked her in the face, knocking her unconscious for five minutes. Someone called 911 and she is now recovering from a broken jaw, a crushed eye socket, and facial nerve damage. Barry says the investigating officer did not file a report or call in a dog ream or the police helicopter to track down the four assailants, accusing them of not taking violence against gays and lesbians as seriously as other crimes. []
  • Abortion will not be included in Canada’s Group of Eight maternal health care initiatives. The Canadian government said it will consider recommending other family planning methods, like contraception, but not abortion. [UPI]