Today’s Lady News: NY Midwives Lose Home Birth Rights & Sarah Palin Talks About Bears

  • New York City midwives have lost the right to deliver babies at home, as a result of the closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Since 1992, the progressive Manhattan hospital provided the approval required under NY law for at home midwifery services. [Guardian U.K.]
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics says a “ritual nick” to the genitals of newborn baby girls might “save some girls from undergoing disfiguring and life-threatening procedures in their native countries.” NPR explains more about this new policy statement and what it actually means. [NPR]
  • Sarah Palin warned during a speech today that “mama grizzlies” are going to “take this country back” during the November elections. Whatever that means. [Salon]

  • A contestant on the most recent season of “Australia’s Next Top Model” says she was asked to lose weight, even though she was already only 120 pounds. Doing so would have made her underweight according to the internationally recognized Body Mass Index. [Stylelite]
  • The Wall Street Journal ran a 17-year-old photo of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan playing softball alongside its cover story on her this week and some have suggested that choosing that photograph was an allusion to her being gay. [Broadsheet]
  • Which, by the way, not that it matters, but Kagan isn’t gay. Okay? [Washington Post]