Today’s Lady News: NYPD “Rape Cop” Jurors Speak Out

  • Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit challenging South Dakota’s heinous new law that requires a 72-hour waiting period and quote-unquote “counseling” from a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” for a woman to have an abortion. [Washington Post]
  • The Air Force Academy made history this year by graduating four sisters: Lauren Robillard (2007), Nicole Robillard (2009), and twins Amanda and Alicia Robillard (2011). Interestingly, neither of their parents were in the military. Congratulations, ladies! [The Mary Sue]
  • A mom in Utah tried to sell her 13-year-old daughter’s virginity to some man for $10,000. So horrifying. [Fox News]
  • Slate’s Emily Bazelon on how the pro-life (er, anti-abortion) movement is being reincarnated. [NY Times]
  • Rebecca Watson of on whether there’s any truth to the stereotype of “women’s intuition.” [The Mary Sue]


  • Two families of women who died in childbirth are suing the Ugandan government for not working more successfully to lower the maternal mortality rate. [Guardian UK]
  • Saudi Arabia has opened the world’s largest university for women, but what jobs will Saudi women actually be able to get in its strictly-separated society once they graduate? [Guardian UK]
  • Leonora Carrington, a British surrealist artist who was a contemporary of Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, died at age 94 in Mexico City. One of her works, “The Inn of the Dawn Horse (Self-Portrait),” hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (And in Carrington’s honor, here’s an article about how pre-modernist art academies excluded women.) [NY Times]