Today’s Lady News: Missouri Women Seeking Abortion Must Legally Be Told Life Begins At Conception

  • A Missouri law will go into effect August 28 that requires doctors to give women seeking an abortion a pamphlet that reads, “The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.” The law also requires women to meet in person with a doctor about an abortion before waiting 24 hours for the procedure, whereas previously they could speak on the phone. (Abortion rights supporters say the in-person meeting is intended to make it more difficult for a woman to receive an abortion.) Doctors must also offer women ultrasounds and allow them to hear the fetus’ heartbeat before an abortion. [AP]
  • The “attempted ordination” of women is now listed by the Vatican as a grave crime tantamount to child sex abuse. Both women who are ordained and bishops who conduct the ordinations would be excommunicated. [Guardian UK]

  • Meet a female mechanic who is a graduate of New York City’s Nontraditional Employment for Women program. [New York Times]
  • Oh, dear, another depressing article about the dearth of women working in technology startups. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • Harvesting eggs from a dead woman? Is that legal? []
  • The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Prevention Programs released its annual report on violence against LGBTQ citizens. The report found that of the 22 murders of LGBTQ citizens last year (I’m assuming they specifically mean hate crimes?), 79 percent were against people of color and half were against transgender women. [Feministing]
  • My pal Veronica Arreola asks, “What do Latinas really think about feminism?” [Ms. Magazine]
  • This is a super interesting photo project: women and their maids. [Sociological Images]
  • There’s a Facebook page dedicated to getting Debrahlee Lorenzana, the woman suing Citibank for sexual harassment, to pose for Playboy. Mature, people. [Guanabee]


  • Argentina’s Senate legalized gay marriage early this morning, making it the first Latin American country to do so. [Reuters]
  • Two female judges have recently been appointed to Islamic courts in Malaysia in the hopes that they would help women to be treated more fairly. However, a committee of senior judges must now decide whether or not Islamic sharia law would prevent the women from handling certain legal topics, such as divorce. [New York Times]
  • Nuns in the Dominican Republic offer medical attention, literacy classes, and job training to prostitutes through the Center of Hope program. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • A French businessman has promised to create a $1.4 million fund to help any Muslim woman who is fined for wearing a face-covering Islamic veil in public. Earlier this week, France’s lower house of Parliament approved a ban on women wearing the burqa (or the niqab) in public areas. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • A survey of the boardrooms of the U.K.’s top 100 public companies found that women make up only 12.6 percent of executive directors. Of all the 600 companies on the London stock exchange, women only comprise 5 percent. [BBC]
  • An Irish court has awarded thousands of dollars to a 50-something woman who was told by her employer she was too old to be working. [BBC]