Today’s Lady News: Indiana Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

  • Indiana’s state legislature voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood from roughly $3 million in family planning money. The state receives the funding from Title X, which allocates federal funds to family planning clinics, and uses it in eight of Indiana’s 28 Planned Parenthoods in the state. Conservatives are upset that Planned Parenthood clinics get federal money and provide abortions, even though they are barred by Title X from spending the federal money on abortions. Governor Mitch Daniels now has one week to either veto the legislation or sign it into law. I hope he thinks of the low-income women who would be most impacted by this legislation and does the right thing. [Politico]
  • The Washington Redskins’ Albert Haynesworth was offered a plea deal in a sexual abuse case where he allegedly slid his credit card into the bra of a waitress at the W Hotel in Washington and then touched her boob. When security confronted him, he reportedly said, “I didn’t touch her … [I don’t] even like black girls.” When Haynesworth was interviewed by police, according to court documents, he said, “I know what this is about, she is just upset I have a white girlfriend. I couldn’t tell you the last time I dated a black girl. She was trying to get with me.” Haynesworth’s lawyer said the football player will continue fighting the charge. Oh, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy. (Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [ESPN]
  • Women now earn more advanced degrees than men do, according to new U.S. Census data released on Tuesday. We’ve been earning more college degrees than men since the ’80s — woot woot! In addition to women outpacing men in master’s degrees or higher, the number of stay-at-home dads is also on the rise. [MSNBC]

  • Latinos are more accepting of gays and lesbians, according to the Cuban-American president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. [Latina]
  • More U.S. women appear to be using the morning-after pill now that emergency contraception is available over the counter, according to a study in the journal Fertility and Sterility. [Reuters, Fertility and Sterility]
  • The White House will be holding its first-ever meeting with transgender activists on Friday, though it is unclear what will be discussed — plus, it will be closed off to reporters. [Washington Blade]
  • Let’s meet Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary of the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, who is responsible for anti-discrimination laws in education. [The Root]
  • The comic Ben Stein has been dropped by Citigroup after he made “disparaging” jokes about women — which, if you read what he said, I agree with. [Bloomberg]
  • A 47-year-old perv — sorry, man — in Florida allegedly filmed women without their knowledge inside a tanning bed he kept in a barn outside his home. Doyce Dean Griffis allegedly charged $2 for a 20 minute session, during which time he recorded them with a video camera through a two-way mirror. Griffis has been charged with voyeurism and making, printing or publishing pornography. CREEPY. [Miami Herald]
  • What are the top 50 fastest growing women-led companies? [Forbes]
  • Check out this YouTube video of a panel discussion by Women Action Media, a group of feminist journalists which I am involved with. Speaking on a panel about the feminist blogosphere are some of feminism’s young, bright thinkers, including Lori Adelman from Feministing, Irin Carmon from Jezebel, and Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon. [YouTube]
  • Nancy Wilson, the lead guitarist for Heart and a film music composer (“Almost Famous,” “Vanilla Sky”), talks with The Believer magazine about life as a rock star. [The Believer]
  • Alice Ward, the real-life mother and manager of boxer Micky Ward, both of whom were portrayed in the movie “The Fighter,” passed away yesterday at age 79. Alice was portrayed in the flick by actress Melissa Leo, who won the Oscar for the role. [TMZ]


  • Prime Minister David Cameron is in trouble — as he should be — for responding to a female politician by saying, “Calm down, dear.” (Gee, maybe she was on her period and that’s why she had an opinion and stuff!) Patronizing sexism isn’t usually so blatant, but there you go. [The Awl]
  • Taiwan has named its first-ever female presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen. She is chairwoman of the country’s Democratic Progressive Party. [BBC]
  • Pakistan’s Supreme Court decided to allow “transgender” as a third option for gender on the country’s national ID card, which is good news for these Pakistani trans folks. [BBC]
  • Big ups to these Afghan women boxers! They practice in a gym where the Taliban used to publicly execute women (because women playing sports was banned obviously). These ladies have their sights set on the Olympics! [Los Angeles Times]
  • Why did celebrity chef Nigella Lawson wear a “burkini” on her Australian vacay? Also, why do we care? [Guardian UK]

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