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Today’s Lady News: Will There Be An Abortion On “Friday Night Lights”?

  • Last week on “Friday Night Lights,” 15-year-old Becky discovered she was pregnant and considered having an abortion. If she goes through with it in the episode airing tonight, “Friday Night Lights” would be one of the few shows to not pull the “Whoops, she fell down the stairs and miscarried!” card. I’ve never seen “Friday Night Lights,” but I’m curious. So, Frisky readers, tell me what happens tonight in the comments! [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Yesterday, a judge in Massachusetts ruled that the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. The judge declared gays and lesbians whose marriages are recognized by their individual states should have access to the same federal benefits as married straight couples. [Newsweek]
  • Stressed out? A mall in Shenyang, China, has a women-only “frustrating venting” store where ladies smash TVs and other appliances with baseball bats. [The Gloss]

  • Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University said African-American women may not be getting the treatment they need for depression. Racism, as well as the stereotype of being a “strong black woman,” can prevent women from getting help. [UPI.com]
  • Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed a law this week requiring police to test all “rape kits,” the evidence collected after someone claims to be sexually assaulted. The state was embarrassed after a backlog of thousands of un-tested rape kits — including semen and saliva — was recently exposed. Evidence from a rape kit can help put a rapist behind bars or confirm the innocence of the accused. [New York Times]
  • New Jersey state senators are urging Governor Chris Christie to restore $7.5 million in cut funding to women’s health and family planning services, much of which goes to the aid of low-income women. [NJToday.com]
  • Police in Baltimore will have five detectives review 18 months worth of police reports of rape after a recent Baltimore Sun investigation found that the city had more rape reports dropped by police than any other city in the nation. [Baltimore Sun]
  • An abortion provider in Fort Wayne, Indiana, reported receiving a death threat on his unlisted home phone number. The doctor had filed a lawsuit against a new ordinance which would have forced him to give his contact information to the local health department and hospitals. Dr. George Klopfer said he only wanted to give his mobile phone as a contact, but did not want his home address to be made known out of fear of being harassed by anti-abortion extremists. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Yesterday NBC announced it will change the “Today” show’s wedding contest to include same-sex couples. The network had originally claimed the show wouldn’t broadcast gay weddings because same-sex marriage is not legal in New York. But gay rights’ supporters said that excuse didn’t hold water because NY does legally recognize gay marriages performed in other states. [New York Times]
  • A Las Vegas man who is a refugee from the Congo was arrested for molesting three young female relatives and told police he did not know it was wrong because touching a child sexually was legal in Africa. Whaaaaat? [Bossip.com]
  • Abortion will always be legal, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg predicted yesterday. “Over a generation of young women have grown up, understanding they can control their own reproductive capacity, and in fact their life’s destiny,” Ginsberg said. “We will never go back to the way it once was.” Chipping away at reproductive rights primarily hurts low-income women, for whom the costs of pregnancy and possibly childcare are a more pronounced financial burden. “If people realize that, maybe they will have a different attitude,” Ginsberg said. [Politico]
  • What do we think of this list of the 10 next women to follow in politics? [Politics Daily]
  • “The Daily Show”‘s newest correspondent, Olivia Munn, responds to some of the controversy that surrounded her hiring. When asked by Salon.com if she understands why people object to her past history of modeling (on the covers of Playboy and Maxim), Munn responded, “Yes, I can see that. But I would like to hope we can get to a place where it’s OK to be funny and sexy and be on the cover of a magazine and you can still be on ‘The Daily Show.’” Fair enough. [Salon.com]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The woman who claims to be the world’s oldest person, Antisa Khvichava, from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, just turned 130! [Telegraph UK]
  • The Church of England’s General Synod will vote today whether or not women can be made bishops. [BBC]
  • A government study of 5,000 women in Delhi, India, found two out of three have experienced sexual harassment in the last year. Public transport and roadsides were considered the most common places to be sexually harassed, with buses deemed the most unsafe. [BBC]
  • A survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project of 4,000 people worldwide found that Europeans overwhelmingly favor a ban on women wearing face-covering Muslim veils in public. Eighty-two percent of the French respondents support a ban, 71 percent German, 63 percent British, and 59 percent Spanish. In America, only 28 percent of respondents supported such a ban. [AP]
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