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Today’s Lady News: “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Staff Argues With Anti-Abortion Protestors

  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live”‘s production staff apparently got into a public argument with anti-abortion protesters demonstrating on the streets of L.A. There’s a kind of boring video of the heated encounter, although it’s NSFW due to salty language. [Media Bistro]
  • Lilith Fair, the festival for women musicians, has dropped 10 dates due to poor sales. Well, duh, because you’re charging $250 but you have “artists” like Selena Gomez performing. [Reuters]

  • Delaware police say a 27-year-old woman who was grabbed by a man from behind fought off a potential sexual assault by biting his right hand. [Cbs3.com]
  • A judge in Detroit, Michigan, has shut down a strip club where a 14-year-old girl was found to be working as a topless dancer. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Family planning clinics throughout New Jersey are bracing for cutbacks and closures if a $7.5 million cut from Governor Chris Christie’s state budget goes through. [NorthJersey.com]
  • Mike May, the Colorado House of Representatives Minority Leader, is facing sexual harassment allegations from a former employee who claims she was denied a promotion after refusing his sexual advances. [Denver Post]
  • Dr. Leroy Carhart, one of the last remaining late-term abortion providers in the country following the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller, will speak at the National Organization of Women’s annual conference in Boston this weekend. [WBUR.org]
  • GE Capital, an international financial services company, has chosen Utah for its pilot “Banking on Women” program, which will help a dozen female entrepreneurs train and raise funding to start small businesses. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • The number of abortions in Minnesota dropped by four percent in 2009. The executive director of the Women’s Health Center in Duluth says one possible reason could be increased access to “the morning after pill,” which is available over the counter to women ages 17 and over. [MinnPost.com]
  • Meet Katie Baxter, 11, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who raised $275 from garage sales and lemonade stands and is donating the profits to the Michigan Humane Society. Katie hopes to raise more money for the animal charity from garage sales this summer. Aww! [Detroit Free Press]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Ireland has passed legislation to recognize the same-sex partnership of gay and lesbian couples. [Irish Times]
  • A New Zealand politician, who is also a former midwife, has proposed legalizing abortion upon request up to 24 weeks. Presently, women need the approval of two “certifying consultants” to terminate a pregnancy. [New Zealand Herald]
  • Iran’s Bank Melli, which has women-only branches, is going to expand its sex-segregated banking throughout the country. [Business Week]
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