Today’s Lady News: Group Complains Nursing Program Teaches Students About Abortion

  • A Christian legal group has filed a civil rights complaint against a Vanderbilt University nursing program for putting a statement on its application that informs students the program will involve interacting with women who may have just had an abortion and suggesting if they cannot handle that, they should consider applying to a different program. “It is important that you are aware of this aspect of care and give careful consideration to your ability to provide compassionate care to women in these situations,” the application states. “If you feel you cannot provide care to women during this type of event, we encourage you to apply to a different track of the Nurse Residency Program to explore opportunities that may best fit your skills and career goals.” The complaint was filed on behalf of an unnamed Mississippi woman. Two Tennessean law experts said Vanderbilt has not actually done anything wrong. [The Tennessean]

  • The Alaska attorney general announced on Monday that a proposed bill to effectively outlaw abortion in Alaska was unconstitutional. [Anchorage Daily News]
  • A state representative in Montana wants to make it a crime to kill a fetus if the woman is injured or killed. Proponents of legal abortion generally dismiss these kinds of laws as attempts to criminalize abortion. [NBC Montana]
  • A social psychologist on the non-verbal social cues that women give. [Harvard Magazine]
  • Carrie Brownstein of the band Sleater-Kinney talks about her new series, “Portlandia,” created with Fred Armisen of “Saturday Night Live.” [AfterEllen.com]
  • Meet Flora Mensah, the baby girl in Minnesota who was born at 1:11 a.m. on 1/11/11! [AP]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Checking in with Darlene Etienne, a 17-year-old girl who spent 15 days under the rubble after the earthquake in Haiti last year. [Black Voices]

  • A Saudi woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for physically abusing her Indonesian maid. [CNN]
  • Susana Chavez, 36, a poet who led protests against the rapes and murders of poor women in Juarez, Mexico, has been killed by strangulation. Three 17-year-old boys have been taken into custody. The attorney general said Chavez’s killing had nothing to do with her activism. [AP]
  • Speaking in Oman today with regional leaders, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said women can be a force for peace in the Middle East. [USA Today]
  • A Palestinian injured by an Israeli air strike has been given temporary residency in Israel so she can receive medical care. [Ha’aretz]
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