Today’s Lady News: Idaho Court Blocks Abortion Law

  • An Idaho woman won a court order on Friday to block a law that makes a woman who ends her own pregnancy a criminal. Jennie Linn McCormack was arrested and charged earlier this year for having an abortion with RU-486 pills she ordered online. By terminating her own pregnancy, McCormack ran afoul of a 1972 Idaho law. Enforcement of that law is now temporarily banned, pending a further ruling from the judge. The judge failed to advance a separate lawsuit by McCormack challenging Idaho’s ban on abortion after 20 weeks, claiming she no longer had legal standing to demonstrate she would be harmed by the law. [Wall Street Journal, Reuters]
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF, has asked a Bronx court to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against him by a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. Strauss-Kahn claims he has diplomatic immunity and therefore cannot be sued. Prosecutors for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, dropped criminal charges against him after she was found to have lied about some items on her immigration asylum paperwork. [The Griot]
  • After a recently published book accused the White House of being a sexist workplace, Vice President Joe Biden defended his boss on “The View” saying, “I look around … I don’t see any [sexism].” [The Hill]
  • Director Patti Jenkins is circling around “Thor 2,” the sequel to “Thor.” If hired, Jenkins would become the first-ever woman to direct a superhero action flick. Jenkins is best well-known for directing “Monster.” [The Mary Sue]
  • Check out The 1-in-3 Campaign, a new campaign where women tell their stories about having had an abortion to lift the stigma and spread the word about how common it is. [Feministing]
  • People who are unaffiliated with a religion are most likely to support same sex marriage, according to Baylor University’s annual survey on religious beliefs. The denomination most likely to oppose gay marriage? Evangelicals, followed by mainline Protestants. [Joe My God]
  • An open letter from black women to the SlutWalk protests. [Feminist Law Professors]

INTERNATIONAL

  • God bless this woman who gave birth on the sidewalk after the cabbie taking her to the hospital kicked her out of his cab. Ana Belis Hernandez delivered the baby, whom she named Milagro, all by herself because the cab driver didn’t want to get blood all over his seats. Presumably he then abandoned her there, because some bystander called the parademics. Authorities are now offering a $500 for information that leads to the cab driver’s arrest. Meanwhile, mom and baby are both fine. [Guanabee]
  • “Arab Spring” protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square were eight months ago. But today, Egyptian women still live in fear for their rights. [The Daily Beast]
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