Today’s Lady News: Egyptian Woman Fights “Virginity Testing” — Er, Rape — By Police

  • While protesting at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Samira Ibrahim was grabbed by Egyptian soldiers, stripped, electrically prodded, and sexually assaulted, which they told her was a “virginity test.” She is just one of many women who have been sexually assaulted after being detained by soldiers. Samira, age 25, and her father have filed a court case against the government, which has led to a ban against so-called “virginity tests.” On Sunday, a court will hear evidence against a soldier who ordered the sexual assaults.  [New York Times, The National AE]
  • New Hampshire’s state House of Representatives has approved a “fetal homicide” bill allowing criminal charges against a person who causes the violent death of a fetus. Advocates for legal abortion say such bills are a sneaky way to conceptualize a fetus as a “person” who can be “murdered,” thus undermining abortion rights. But supporters of such bills say it allows the perpetrator to be doubly punished for hurting or killing a pregnant woman. [Union Leader]
  • The Pope has suggested same-sex marriage is a threat to “the future of humanity itself.” [Reuters]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should run as Obama’s vice president during the 2012 election, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has suggested. [The Daily Beast]
  • President Obama will appoint Cecila Munoz as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. []
  • Women in North Carolina who were sterilized against their will — mostly black women — could soon receive $50,000 in compensation. Some women were sterilized for coming from poor families, for having been raped, or for becoming teen mothers. [Madame Noire]
  • Are after school programs integral to getting girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? [GOOD]
  • Seven ways to rethink how we discuss rape and sexual assault. [Huffington Post]
  • ABC once promised two shows debuting this season with the word “bitch” in the title: “Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23″ and “Good Christian Bitches.” Now both shows have been renamed. [Think Progress]
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