Today’s Lady News: UN Cuts Food Aid For 800,000 Pregnant And Nursing Iraqi Women

  • Due to a lack of funding, the United Nations has to cut back on food aid for 800,000 pregnant and nursing women and 960,000 children in Iraq. [AOL News]
  • The new wave of abortion providers might not just be exclusively abortion providers, but generalists who provide abortions at their practices. [New York Times Magazine]
  • The new season of “Degrassi,” which premieres today, will feature a transgender character, played by actor Jordan Todosey. [Feministing]

  • Breastfeeding moms and their supporters staged a protest at a Johnny Rockets diner in Newport, Kentucky, after she was told last month to go feed her six-month-old baby in the bathroom. Mothers are allowed to breastfeed in public in Kentucky. [Kentucky Post]
  • An Oklahoma judge has extended an order that blocks a state law further restricting abortion rights from going into effect. The law would require a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus. [AP]
  • New Jersey lawmakers are still pressuring Governor Chris Christie to restore $7.5 million to women’s health clinics across the state. [NJ.com]
  • Five Manhattan women are suing the superintendent of their Upper West Side building for sexual harassment. The women say William Barnason, who is also a convicted child rapist, would offer to reduce their rent in exchange for sex. [New York Post]
  • Women in Texas prisons are participating in the Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative, which teaches parenting and life skills, offers substance abuse counseling, and helps moms earn their GED. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Nevada’s battered women’s shelters have seen increased visits since the recession began. Nevada has the highest rates of unemployment and housing foreclosure in the country, which experts say has led to more incidents of domestic violence. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Pregnant women in jail sometimes have to give birth in leg shackles or handcuffs, although 10 states have laws banning shackling during labor. [NPR]
  • Via a grant from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 20 Egyptian and Moroccan women are spending a month at the University of Kansas in Lawrence to study leadership. [KansasCity.com]
  • Lilith Fair: is it still relevant? [NPR]
  • Here’s a list of 10 things feminism could do better, such as avoiding the reduction of all issues to sexuality and sexual behavior. Do you agree? [AlterNet]

INTERNATIONAL

  • A new study out of Africa found that women who used vaginal microbicidal gel were 39 percent less likely to catch HIV. [New York Times]
  • Syria has banned students and teachers from wearing a face-covering Islamic veil at universities. Women are told not to wear the niqab at both public and private universities. [AP]
  • Women on the Gaza Strip have been banned from smoking water pipes in cafes as police try to enforce a more strictly Islamist form of behavior. [AP]
  • Women in Uzbekistan are accusing the government of surgically sterilizing them without their consent to combat overpopulation. [AP]
  • Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has withdrawn abortion guidelines which might have loosened up its restrictions against abortion. Currently, abortion is only allowed in Northern Ireland to save the life of the mother. [Philadelphia Bulletin]
  • Last week Selina Scott claimed the BBC enacts “blatant and sometimes malign sexism and ageism against women” and this week Peter Sissons, a former newscaster for the BBC, has weighed in to say he disagrees. [BBC UK]
  • The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which promotes gay rights, has been approved to consult for the United Nations. The Commission has offices in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, and the Phillippines. [AP]
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