Today’s Lady News: Abortion Providers Depicted In “Wanted” Posters In NC

  • Abortion providers in North Carolina have seen their faces depict on “WANTED” fliers like old Wild West notices for fugitives from the law. The posters are made by Operation Save America, a group that opposes legal abortion and protests outside of clinics in the Charlotte area. It’s against federal law to threaten force to prevent clinic access and an appeals court in 2002 ruled that similar “WANTED” posters violated that law; however, that ruling is only applicable to that court’s jurisdiction. The “WANTED” fliers have depicted many past and present abortion providers, including the late Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, who was assassinated by an extremist in May 2009. [CBS News]
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has acquired the poet/author Maya Angelou’s archive, which includes 343 boxes of personal papers, including letters from Malcolm X, James Baldwin, and Coretta Scott King. [Black Voices]

  • Speaking at the annual Women’s Conference in Long Beach, California, former First Lady Laura Bush has voiced her support for gay teens. [ABC News]
  • YouTube has refused to air ads during the daytime by long-shot Republican candidate Missy Reilly Smith for their graphic depictions of aborted fetuses. Local TV stations have aired the ads, but some warned the ads contained “extremely graphic images that may be disturbing to children.” In place of the videos, YouTube has a disclaimer that states: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on shocking and disgusting content.” Reilly has posted another video objecting to YouTube’s decision. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Unions in Kent County, Michigan, oppose removing abortion coverage from their health insurance plans. One critic of the plan said the request by politicians to get unions to remove the coverage was a ploy by pols to win the votes of anti-abortion voters. [Mlive.com]
  • How could 11 black women from Cleveland — many of them drug addicts and prostitutes — have been killed by the same man without arousing the suspicion of authorities? [CNN]
  • A list of the top 100 movers and shakers in the New York City tech scene does not have many women on it. Seriously, it lists one hundred people and the majority of them are white males? Unacceptable. [Business Insider]
  • This is what your kid is reading at school: a book on how Dad works and Mom mops up messes on the floor. [Mother Jones]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Thirty women were held captive and raped at the border of Congo and Angola, according to the United Nations. This is a hard article to read. [New York Times]
  • Saudi Arabian women are attempting to raise awareness of breast cancer by wearing pink ponchos and gathering together in the shape of a ribbon. It’s particularly poignant because Saudi Arabian women are not permitted to be very active in public life.[AFP]
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