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Today’s Lady News: Online Vote Abortion Poll Hoax Comes To A Merciful End

  • The online poll by a Minnesota couple regarding whether they should have an abortion is, mercifully, over. Factoring in duplicate votes, 78 percent of voters told Pete and Alisha Arnold to have an abortion, but not accounting for duplicate votes, 74 percent told the Arnolds to have a baby. Too bad it doesn’t matter anyway because the whole thing was all an anti-abortion hoax! [Gawker, USA Today]
  • Time magazine’s 2010 “Person of the Year” poll is out and, of 27 competitors, only six are women and three of those women are grouped together. I’m thinking this means Time‘s person of the year is going to have a penis. [Time.com]
  • Today is the 16th 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when a gunman shot 14 women at the Polytechnique engineering school because he blamed feminists for his problems. [Rabble.ca, Rabble.ca, Rabble.ca]

  • Being Secretary of State will be her “last public position,” Hillary Clinton said in Bahrain on Friday. [CBS News]
  • Wayne State University in Detroit announced Friday it will not bestow a journalism award in Helen Thomas’ name after she made anti-Semitic comments last week. Ironically, the award given in the 90-year-old journalist’s name was established to honor diversity in the media. [CNN]
  • Less than a quarter of registered voters think Sarah Palin is trustworthy on women’s health issues, according to a poll conducted for Planned Parenthood by Democratic pollster Hart Research Associates. When asked “Whom do you trust more to represent your views on women’s health issues?,” 58 percent said they trusted PP while 22 percent said they trusted Palin. Among independents, only 12 percent trusted Palin more than PP. The poll surveyed 802 voters split evenly across party lines. [Politico]
  • Anti-abortion activists descended upon a clinic in Germantown, Maryland, today to protest Dr. LeRoy Carhart, the only abortion provider in the country who openly admits to performing late-term abortions. Today was his first day working in Germantown. [Washington Post]
  • Two breast cancer charities have accused the rapper Sean Combs — i.e., Ditty Dirty Money, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy — of swindling them out of a five-figure sum raised at a “Pink Party” to raise money for breast cancer surgery reconstruction. [The Grio]
  • “Top Secret ‘Rosies’: The Female ‘Computers’ of WWII,” a news documentary by LeAnn Erickson, tells the little known history of female computer programmers who worked behind the ballistics tables for U.S. weapons. “They would desperately recruit women to do math, but wouldn’t allow them to be in the men’s classes,” Erickson explained. [Daily Iowan]
  • Blogger Sofia Quintero takes issue with Tyler Perry’s adaptation of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange in the film “For Colored Girls,” and asks why there are not more black female directors. [Racialicious]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The Civil Contractors Federation in the Northern Territory branch of Australia held its annual holiday party at the Honey Pot strip club, which will surely do wonders for any efforts to bring more women into traditionally male-dominated fields there. [ABC.net.au]
  • Activists in Leeds and London held “Reclaim the Night” march — the British equivalent of “Take Back the Night” — to stand in support of women feeling safe on the streets at all hours. [Guardian]
  • Nigeria’s Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology has called for a review of the country’s abortion laws, which were written in 1880 by colonizers Great Britain. [AllAfrica.com]
  • Women’s groups on Prince Edward Island in Canada say it is unjust that no abortions are performed on the island and instead women are forced to go to Halifax, where the $250 procedures are publicly funded. However, then the women’s names would be on record books, which makes some women uneasy. Instead, other women are paying $600 to $800 for abortions elsewhere out of pocket. Ideally, said one activist, they would like to see options for women available on PEI itself. [CBC.ca]
  • More trouble on Prince Edward Island: a women’s group called for the school board to be investigated and discover why women are poorly represented. [CBC.ca]
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