Today’s Lady News: Lots Of Boobs At The Smithsonian On Saturday

  • Breastfeeding moms are holding a “nurse-in” at the Hirschorn Museum at the Smithsonian on Saturday after a woman who sat on a bench to nurse her daughter in January was told by a security guard to go feed the baby in the bathroom. A 1999 federal law states “a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a federal building or on federal property, if the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be present at the location.” Washington, D.C. also has the Child’s Right To Nurse Law, which allows a mother to breastfeed her baby in public. The museum has since apologized, both publicly and privately, and said it will welcome the “nurse-in” this Saturday. [NBC Washington]
  • Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health discussed the “Protect Life Act,” which would prohibit federal funding for abortion under health care reform (which is already technically the case) and would also stop funding from being withheld from groups that refuse to provide abortions. Rep. Joe Pitts, a Republican from Pennsylvania, introduced the bill. Fellow Republicans say the bill would close up loopholes that enable abortion, while Democrats say the bill is a ploy to chip away at a woman’s right to choose. [Washington Post]

  • An Arizona bill is seeking to regulate medical abortions, i.e. pregnancy terminations done via the abortion pill, by requiring clinics that provide them have the same staff and equipment as ones that perform surgical abortions. Abortion providers in AZ say this would cause an unnecessary hindrance to them. [KTAR]
  • If Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill,” introduced by Republican state representative Lynn Wachtmann, passes, it would become the nation’s most restrictive abortion-related law by refusing an abortion to any woman whose fetus has a detectable heartbeat. [WKSU]
  • Watch out, Florida: a group called the Genocide Awareness Project is bringing its gruesome photo display of aborted fetuses to the University of West Florida next Monday and Tuesday. [Pensacola News-Journal ]
  • A Texas state senate committee cleared a bill yesterday that would require a physician to perform an ultrasound on a woman 24 hours before she has an abortion. Women would not be required to have the ultrasound if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. Critics of the bill say that it intentionally tries to cause emotional pain to women by making them feel guilty and that the requirement of doing it 24 hours before presents an additional burden on women by having to take more time off work, pay for more childcare or make additional travel arrangements. Similar bills have passed the Texas state Senate in the past but died in the state House. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Missouri’s state House is looking to change what constitutes viability outside of the womb when a woman aborts a fetus. [Missourian]
  • I’m kind of in love with these “Grizzly Fetus” tee shirts — it’s the perfect gift for any Grizzly Mama in your life! [Sady Doyle Tumblr]
  • How one woman reconciles being a feminist with being a football fan. [Bust]


  • An anti-abortion student group called Youth Protecting Youth at the University of Victoria in Canada has been censured by the school for releasing publicity materials that linked abortion and the Holocaust. [Times Colonist]

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