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Today’s Lady News: Women Could Die Under Abortion Bill Being Considered In Ohio

  • A “fetal heartbeat” bill under consideration in Ohio’s state senate would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is usually after seven weeks. This bill has no exemptions for rape victims, incest victims, or women with mental health issues. But the absolute scariest part of the bill is the lack of health exemptions for the pregnant woman unless the pregnancy presents an imminent danger to her health. One doctor who testified to the Ohio state senate said he performed an abortion on a woman whose fetus was attached to a major blood vessel; he questioned whether that blood vessel would have to rupture in order for the pregnancy to be considered life-threatening to the woman. This is scary stuff, Ohioans. [Think Progress]
  • Newt Gingrich, the frontrunner for the GOP’s presidential nomination, has signed a pledge in support of the “fetal personhood” movement, which seeks to declare a fetus the legal status of a person in order to criminalize all abortions. FWIW, Mitt Romney has not signed the “fetal personhood” movement’s pledge. [The Hill
  • Feministing is laying into talking head Keli Goff for “victim blaming” regarding her opinion on those PA Liquor Board date rape awareness PSAs (which were later pulled). [Feministing]
  • Andrea Jung of Avon, the longest serving female executive of a Fortune 500 company, has stepped down. [Guardian UK]
  • A man stabbed his wife to death inside a big box store this weekend. [Madame Noire]
  • On “Roseanne” and working-class humor. [Bitch Magazine]
INTERNATIONAL
  • A woman who was jailed in Afghanistan for being raped by her cousin’s husband was released yesterday. Known only as “Gulnaz,” she was sentenced to 12 years in prison because she refused to marry the rapist. [BBC]
  • On the disconcerting maternal mortality rate in Afghanistan. [Feminist.org]
Contact the author of this post at Jessica@TheFrisky.com. Follow me on Twitter at @JessicaWakeman.
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