Today’s Lady News: Nebraska Pols Know Better Than Doctors When Fetuses Feel Pain

Jessica Wakeman | October 15, 2010 - 8:30 pm
  • An anti-abortion law goes into effect in Nebraska today based on the idea that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks, a claim denied by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. That’s not stopping Nebraska’s Sen. Mike Johanns: He is introducing federal legislation (which has been reintroduced and shot down every year since 2004) that would require women seeking abortions to be told the fetus can feel pain and to request anesthesia for it. [Yahoo News]
  • Some actor mailed his head shots to a casting director and mentioned that for his last role he played a rapist. Um, thanks? [The Awl]
  • The DKE fraternity at Yale University apologized for marching pledges through campus yelling, “No means yes! Yes means anal!” in a meeting with women’s groups on campus. Students and faculty recall a separate incident at Yale in 2008 when 12 pledges to the Zeta Psi fraternity stood holding signs reading “We Love Yale Sluts.” [Yale Daily News]

  • A new report from NYU’s Women of Color Policy Network finds — no surprise — that families headed by single mothers are faring badly in the recession. The results are shocking. Over half of the single mothers under the age of 40 have zero or negative wealth. The median wealth for white single mothers was $6,000 while the median average for black and Latino single mothers was zero. [ColorLines]
  • Fifteen-year-old Sommer Collins was suspended from her school for three days for refusing to take off a tee shirt that read “Proud to be a lesbian.” Oh yeah, and she’s also been attacked in the bathroom at school. [Queerty]
  • Missy Reilly Smith, the Republican challenger for the District of Columbia’s Congressional seat, will begin airing campaign commercials with graphic images of aborted fetuses on Monday. Smith will show the commercials on local D.C. channels and hopes to bring them to cable TV as well. Smith is running as a Tea Party activist without the support of the Republican Party, who claimed the only policy position she seemed to have was about abortion. [Washington Post]
  • Caitlin Breedlove of North Carolina was asked by a security guard to leave a shopping center after giving her girlfriend a kiss on the cheek. [Queerty]
  • High-tech NASA imaging software could now be applied to mammograms and ultrasounds. [CNET]
  • A Pittsfield, Massachusetts, woman has pushed for a ballot initiative for next month’s election in her town to change the legal definition of nudity so that both men and women can be topless in public. [WCBV]
  • Director Tyler Perry addresses the concerns surrounding his direction of the film “For Colored Girls.” [Black Voices]
  • Blogger Sally McGraw at Already Pretty asks, Why are women who spend all their disposable income on clothes so vilified? [Already Pretty]