Today’s Lady News: Kansas City Chiefs Player Says The Team “Imported” Women To Hotel Rooms

  • In an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe reveals a woman was stashed in every hotel room at a game in San Diego in 2007. “Some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room,” Bowe said. “The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it ‘importing.'” Ick! Fellow player Jimmy Wilkinson has called Bowe’s comments “not true” and says he is making his married teammates look bad. [Kansas City Star]
  • A so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in Silver Springs, Maryland, is suing Montgomery County, Maryland, over a new law that would require it to post a disclaimer clarifying that it does not provide abortions, offer referrals to abortion clinics, and does not have a licensed medical professional on staff. Politicians enacted the law based on the belief that “crisis pregnancy centers” — which often pop up near legitimate abortion clinics — were intentionally misleading women to dissuade them from ending a pregnancy. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Centro Tepeyac Women’s Center, however, says the new law restricts their freedom of speech. [Washington Post]

  • Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act yesterday, an anti-bullying bill meant to protect gay students in public schools. Under the bill, which has 21 other sponsors in the Senate, public schools that fail to protect their LGBT students could lose federal funding. [Advocate]
  • Tomorrow is the first official Harvey Milk Day. It will be celebrated in 26 cities across the nation. The holiday honors the gay rights activist immortalized in “Milk,” who was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in San Francisco, back in 1977. [USA Today]
  • Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a 17-year-old girl does not have to notify her mother that she is having an abortion. A judge in Dakota Country District Court had previously ruled the girl was not mature and was required under parental notification laws to tell her mom about the procedure. Nebraska’s highest court reversed that decision, saying the state’s parental notification law for girls under age 18 don’t apply to girls who don’t live with their parents. The girl lives with her boyfriend, has a 2-year-old child already, owns a car, has two jobs and pays for her own expenses. [WOWT]
  • Cuts to a California program that helps low-income and insured women will affect more women than originally expected. These cuts to women’s health care were supposed to help close a budget shortfall. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • Sex educator, Bust magazine sex columnist, and feminist activist Betty Dodson has published a memoir! It’s called My Sexual Revolution and is based on a diary Dodson has kept for 28 years. [Jezebel]
  • Meet the women who run Wall Street: Sheila Bair, the chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Mary Schapiro, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair; and Elizabeth Warren, chair of Troubled Asset Relief Program. And who says girls are bad at math? [Time]


  • Moms in Winnipeg, Manitoba, tonight are holding a “nurse-in” protest at the Pan Am public pool after, earlier this month, mother Jenna Baker was told by a staffer (who is a city employee) that breastfeeding was “offensive.” Winnipeg’s mayor recently apologized to Baker for the way the incident was handled. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • Ten of the 13 people killed in bicycling accidents last year were women, leading some to suggest women are more at risk when riding. [Guardian UK]
  • Literary agents in the U.K. say there is a boom among mothers of young children using stay-at-home maternity as a time to write their novels — possibly inspired by the most famous British mum of them all, J.K. Rowling. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Actual headline out of Australia: “Can Muslim women be hot?” Sigh. []
  • Diane Abbott, the first black woman to be a member of Britain’s Parliament, announced yesterday she is running to lead the Labour party. [AFP]