Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Supports Anti-Abortion “Heartbeat Bill”

  • Rick Perry, a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, has thrown his support behind Ohio’s anti-abortion “heartbeat bill,” which would criminalize an abortion as early as a fetal heartbeat can be detected (which can be six or seven weeks). I would like to hibernate until this election is over. Can I do that? [Think Progress]
  • The First Lady is calling on Americans to volunteer their time on 9/11 to honor the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Will you be volunteering? [Essence]
  • Blogger Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress asks, at what point do depictions of rape or domestic violence in pop culture become gratuitous? [Think Progress]

  • The actress Meryl Streep and the singer Barbara Cook will be among this year’s Kennedy Center honorees for their contributions to American cultural life. [The Wrap]
  • NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell announced today she’s fighting breast cancer. After noting her doctor found cancer in its earliest stage during an annual check-up this summer, she urged viewers to get screened. The Frisky crosses our fingers for her safe recovery. [Think Progress]
  • Check out this interview with The New Yorker scribe Janet Malcom by Katie Roiphe. It’s certainly worth reading for anyone interested in journalism. [The Paris Review]
  • A gay girl’s guide to fall TV. [After Ellen]


  • British MPs have rejected a bid to require all women seeking an abortion receive “independent counseling” instead of counseling provided by the country’s National Health Service. Instead, the MPs said they would hold a discussion on how to improve services. [BBC]

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