Today’s Lady News: Indiana Removes Breast Cancer BS From Abortion Bill

  • Thank God, an Indiana state Senate committee has removed a provision from an anti-abortion bill that required women seeking abortions be told that terminating a pregnancy increased their risk for breast cancer. A link between abortion and breast cancer is completely medically unproven but continues to be spouted by anti-abortion extremists as fact. []
  • A Northern Kentucky University professor has revived the conspiracy theory that Sarah Palin is actually the grandmother of her son, Trig, and essentially bamboozled the American people with the biggest hoax of all time. As much as I love conspiracy theories … who really cares about this one anymore? [Gawker]
  • A woman wearing a blue burka sitting on a trash heap is a controversial new ad campaign by Germany’s International Human Rights campaign. While their point may have been that women in some parts of the world are valued as little as trash, a depiction of a veiled woman as being like garbage is not right, either. [Feministing]

  • Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Obama, has published a children’s book called Ladder to the Moon about their mother, Ann Dunham. Cute! [The Grio]
  • In other Sarah Palin news, she has obtained a restraining order against an alleged 19-year-old stalker, Shawn Christy, for repeated threats, including one about raping one of her daughters. Disgusting. [TMZ]
  • Sixty nuns based in Boston who call themselves The Daughters of St. Paul are suing their archbishop over their pensions, which they claim have been mismanaged. [Guardian UK]
  • Facebook will not allow a man to use a painting of a vagina as his profile image and he’s so angry about this that he will sue. Sigh. [Long Island Press]
  • Dr. Nancy Hardesty, a cofounder of the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus, which advocated “biblical feminism” and sought to dissuade Christians from viewing women solely as “submissive” in the Bible, passed away on Friday at age 69. [Care2]


  • Zainab al-Khawaja, 27, of Bahrain is holding a hunger strike until her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a human rights activist, is released by police. Zainab’s husband and brother-in-law were also detained. Even though she is breastfeeding a child right now, Zainab says she is willing to die by hunger strike if it draws attention to her father’s persecution. [Guardian UK]
  • Forty years ago, Margaret Harrison’s one-woman feminist art show was shut down in London for being “indecent.” Now she reflects back on how the art world has changed. [Guardian UK]

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