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Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Against Abortion, Unless It’s To Save His Own Wife’s Life

  • Interesting fact about Rick Santorum: his wife, Karen Santorum, had an abortion in 1996 during her 19th week of pregnancy (roughly the fifth month). Karen Santorum’s fetus caused an infection inside her and had to be removed to save her life. The fetus was delivered and could not survive outside the womb, as doctors had predicted. First of all, that is indescribably sad. It was brave for the couple to discuss this on NPR, as they did in 2004 with host Terry Gross. Second of all, how can Rick Santorum oppose all abortion in all cases when terminating a pregnancy saved the life of his own wife? Eh. Don’t answer that. [Jezebel]
  • MSNBC has given a weekend talk show to Melissa Harris-Perry, a Tulane University political science professor who frequently appears on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Congratulations! [The Wrap]
  • Columbia and Yale will now reimburse LGBT employees who are taxed when their same-sex partners sign on to their health insurance. The schools are located in New York and Connecticut, respectively, which both recognize same-sex marriage. However, the federal government doesn’t recognize gay marriage and so lesbian and gay employees who are legally married are still taxed as “single.” [Queerty
  • The director Kimberly Pierce, who did “Boys Don’t Cry,” is circling a remake of the classic horror film “Carrie.” [NYmag.com]
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has started her own book club available to the public through her web site, although it has not yet announced its first book. [NY Observer]
  • Marlene Pray has become the first openly bisexual office holder in Pennsylvania. Pray, who helped organize a LGBTQ youth center in Bucks County called the Rainbow Room, was sworn in as a councilmember. [Amplify Your Voice]
  • This story about little boys in a toy store and gender policing is either heartwarming or sad. I  can’t say for sure which. [Feministing]
  • Blogger Sady Doyle explains our love horror films and why teen girls are so dang scary. [Rookie Mag]
Contact the author of this post at Jessica@TheFrisky.com. Follow me on Twitter at @JessicaWakeman.
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