Today’s Lady News: Idaho Pharmacist Refuses Medication For Woman Who Had Abortion

  • A pharmacist in Nampa, Idaho, refused to fill a prescription for anti-bleeding medication for a woman, telling her she would not give it if it was being used after an abortion. Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest said the woman needed Methergine, which is used to stop bleeding after an abortion or childbirth. Idaho passed a so-called “conscience clause” law which allows pharmacists to refuse to dispense medication to patients based on their own beliefs. [KBOI]
  • A military panel is set to request that the Pentagon overturn its ban on women serving in combat. [NPR]

  • In response to complaints of civil rights abuses by a Christian group, Vanderbilt University has changed the wording on its nursing program application. Previously, the application had said that students would need to provide high-quality care even to women who had had abortions and that if they could not promise to do so, they should perhaps look elsewhere for a nursing program. But after a group complained that the school was possibly forcing students to perform abortions, the school has clarified their wording to state that students can opt-out of learning how to assist with abortions but still must learn how to care for such patients. The application now directs students to whom they should speak to if they would like to be exempt from participating in abortions. [The Tennessean]
  • Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R) announced she won’t be seeking re-election. [USA Today]
  • Katie Brenny, a former women’s golf coach at the University of Minnesota, is suing the school for discrimination because they allegedly mistreated her once learning she is a lesbian. [MSNBC]
  • Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) has introduced a bill that would ban family planning organizations that perform abortions, except in the case of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is at risk, to not be eligible for family planning grants. Currently, those orgs can receive family planning grants, but the money can’t be used for abortions. []
  • Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was shot to death at a public event in Tucson, Arizona, for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be laid to rest today. [USA Today]
  • “20/20″ is filming a segment about whether the Peace Corps is unsafe for women. Scare piece anyone? [ABC News]
  • Ellen Stewart, founder/artistic director/producer of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in Manhattan, died today. “Godspell,” which eventually went to Broadway, originated at La MaMa. The actor Harvey Fierstein once told Vanity Fair, “Eighty percent of what is now considered the American theater originated at La Ma Ma.” Actors and actresses like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler, Diane Lane and Nick Nolte performed on her stage. [New York Times]
  • Debbie Friedman, a Jewish feminist folk singer, passed away on Sunday at 59. [Jezebel]


  • The CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service has said that some of the UK’s requirements for an abortion are not “medically necessary” and urged the country to get in line with other countries, like Sweden. [Telegraph UK]
  • Later this month, a British court is set to address the matter of whether women should be allowed to take the first dosage of RU-486, the abortion pill, at home instead of under the supervision of a doctor. [Marie Claire UK]
  • Fact: one-third of China’s millionaires are women. [BusinessWeek]
  • An art exhibit depicting works about missing and murdered women set to be put on by the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology
  • has been canceled out of concern it would upset the victims’ families. []