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Today’s Lady News: Bomb Scare At Tulsa Abortion Clinic

  • A bomb squad was called to an abortion clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma yesterday afternoon when an employee reported she thought she heard a ticking sound coming from her trash can. Police arrived and sent a robot inside to find and dismantle the package. Fortunately, it turned out to be nothing. [Fox23.com, Fox23.com]
  • The Department of Homeland Security has granted asylum to a Mexican woman who was a victim of domestic violence for several years. She had been raped, beaten and almost burned alive by her husband. The DHS said Mexico could not protect her from murder threats, as well as domestic violence, if she returned. [New York Times]
  • Giorgia Boscolo, 24, of Italy is only one test away from becoming Venice’s first-ever female gondolier. Congratulations! [AP]

  • A contestant on the next season of “The Apprentice” was arrested in May for allegedly choking his wife. Genesiac Folkes of Texas also had a restraining order filed against him by his wife, who also claimed he showed up at her job, took her car, and emptied her bank account. [TMZ.com]
  • The University of North Carolina has changed their school-sponsored health insurance policies under pressure from anti-abortion protestors. Henceforth, students can opt-out of insurance coverage for abortions. [WRAL]
  • A federal judge in Indiana has temporarily blocked portions of new abortion-related Allen County ordinances from going into effect at the request of abortion providers. The ordinance will require abortion providers to give their contact information, such as phone numbers, to be given to local emergency rooms and the health department. Abortion providers are wary of making such personal information too public, however, for fear of harassment. [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette]
  • According to a new study by the media watchdog group, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, women are grossly underrepresented when it comes to books about politics. An examination of The New York Times Book Review from February 2009 to February 2010 found that women comprised only 13 percent of the authors and 12 percent of the reviewers. [Extra!]
  • Today in news which unfortunately is not obvious for everyone: people affected by “body dysmorphic disorder,” a mental illness caused by a preoccupation with a body’s minor flaw, should pursue psychiatric help instead of plastic surgery, says a study to be published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery. [UPI.com]
  • Mormon and feminist? Women in the Church of Latter Day Saints say they’re carving a space for themselves in their religious tradition. [Salt Like City Tribune]
  • Joannie Chiung-Yueh Chang, a civil rights lawyer who worked on the country’s first paid family medical leave law, passed away last week at the age of 41. The California attorney spent her life working for legal advocacy organizations to prevent discrimination. [San Francisco Gate]
  • Playboy‘s $4.99 iPad app was not allowed to show any boobs. I guess you can really read it for the articles now. [Fast Company]
  • As if you could forget, today is the “Eat Pray Love” premiere. We dig this “female mid-life crisis” cultural retrospective. [BlissTree.com]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Jihan El Midany, 18, will become the first-ever Egyptian woman to represent her country as a flag bearer in the Youth Olympics this weekend in Singapore. If she brings home a medal at the games, she’ll also be breaking new ground for women in her home country. [AP]
  • Marie Stopes International, which is the U.K.’s version of Planned Parenthood, is being criticized for offering free abortions to employees, their parents and children as a perk of the job. [Daily Mail]
  • A lawyer for Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who has been sentenced to death by hanging for adultery, was “severely beaten up and tortured” before she agreed yesterday to go on state-run television and say she was guilty and denounce her lawyer. Ashtiani was originally sentenced to death by stoning, but the sentence was downgraded after an international human rights uproar. Brazil has offered asylum for the mother of two, but Iran has refused. [AFP]
  • U.K. mother Lauren McKenna, 22, claims she was told to get off a Manchester bus because she was breastfeeding her six-week-old son. The bus company denies the incident occurred. [BBC]
  • Men who are afraid of women’s equality have a “persecution complex,” argues one British writer. [The Telegraph]
  • The city of Auckland, New Zealand, held its eighth annual Boobs on Bikes event this week to celebrate … something. Only 30 women showed up to cycle around in tank tops. It’s winter down under, mind you. [Sydney Morning Herald]
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