Today’s Lady News: Rachel Maddow Narrates Documentary On Abortion Provider’s Murder

  • MSNBC will air a new documentary called “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller,” narrated by cable talk show host Rachel Maddow, on Monday, October 25, at 9 p.m. (EST), Maddow announced last night. Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, was shot dead in his family’s church in Wichita, Kansas in May 2009 by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder. Work on the documentary has been “a long time coming,” Maddow said. We’ll be sure to watch. [MSNBC].
  • The Washington Post’s website allowed Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, which is against homosexuality, to write a blog post about the bullying of gay students on National Coming Out Day. His post mentioned compassion and not casting the first stone. But it also said “homosexual conduct” is associated with more sexual promiscuity, drug use, and mental illness. Really, Washington Post, you published his allegation that the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is “exploiting” the recent gay suicides for its own “agenda” ON FREAKIN’ NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY? Tactless. Tasteless. Shameful. [Washington Post]

  • Meet Diamond Martin Poulin, 20, a transgender (male to female) person who left Morehouse, a historically black college, after one year because of so-called “mean girls” who he said would not accept his gender-bending ways. [VIBE]
  • Washington Senator Patty Murray has launched a new TV ad that says her challenger, Dino Rossi, would “turn back the clock” on women’s reproductive rights. As a state legislator, Rossi voted against requiring insurance companies to cover female contraceptives; he has also said he only thinks abortion should be legal in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is in danger. [Seattle Times]
  • Olympic College in Washington has banned non-student protesters on campus one year after an anti-abortion group, The Anti-Choice Project, which wasn’t made up entirely of students, showed pictures of aborted fetuses on campus. The ACLU said the college’s new policy restricts free speech. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
  • In response to a controversial piece on by entrepreneur Penelope Trunk, who claimed women don’t launch tech startups because they would rather have children, writer Halle Tecco urged people to “stop stereotyping female entrepreneurs.” [Forbes Woman]
  • Check out the ladies on’s list of 100 African-American game changers, including actresses Viola Davis and Rosario Dawson and activist Erica Williams. []
  • Is the emasculated male an evolved norm? Oof. That’s a meaty question. [Clutch Magazine]


  • The U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper — also known as the Daily FAIL — published a photograph of a fetus “smiling” in an ultrasound and told its readers, “The scan implies that a baby can experience feelings such as happiness and pain much earlier in development that previously thought.” And this has to do with a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions … how? [Gawker]
  • French women don’t get … equality? Despite the presence of free nursery schools, tax deductions for children, and “perineal therapy” so that they can quickly get back to making love again, many French women say they are not equal to French men. According to a World Economic Forum’s 2010 report on gender equality worldwide, France ranks behind both the United States and Kazakhstan (yes, the land of Borat) in gender equality. “French women are exhausted,” the editor of French Elle told The New York Times. “We have the right to do what men do — as long as we also take care of the children, cook a delicious dinner and look immaculate. We have to be superwoman.” [New York Times]