Today’s Lady News: Abortion Is Safer Than Giving Birth, Says Study

  • Abortion is safer for American women than giving birth, according to a new study published yesterday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. A woman is about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth than from complications involving an abortion. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, anti-abortion protesters who claim all abortions are unilaterally dangerous for women. (Of course, we are talking about legal abortions here.) [Reuters]
  • Women were only five percent — I repeat, only five percent — of directors in the top 250 grossing films of 2011, according to a study released today from San Diego State University. Overall, women comprised 18 percent (less than one-fifth) of directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors on such films. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, won’t allow an LGBT club called Reach OUT to exist on campus because the club does not honor “the biblical conviction that sexual activity should be reserved for a husband-wife relationship,” according to the school newspaper. [LA Weekly]
  • New Jersey’s senate judiciary committee voted this afternoon to advance a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. If the bill goes on to be passed by the state senate and state assembly, it would still have to get past Republican Governor Chris Christie’s vow to veto it. [Think Progress]
  • Check out photographer Grace Brown’s project called Project Unbreakable where victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse are photographed holding signs with their attackers’ words on them. Reading these images made chills go down my spine — no exaggeration. [Project Unbreakable]
  • The Republican challenger to openly gay Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is criticizing her for her “fight to redefine marriage” and “radicalism,” merely because she supports same-sex marriage. [Think Progress]
  • An Ohio judge has sentenced a man named Andre Davis to 32 years in prison for “felonious assault” after he slept with over a dozen women without telling them he is HIV+. [Queerty]
  • Ten legendary bad girls of literature. [Flavorwire]
  • An magazine called RVA in Richmond, Virginia, removed a humor article from its site about the “Scale of Whoredom” of women who wear Uggs after Jezebel posted about it. [ The Cut]
  • A feminist reaction to this year’s craptastic Oscar nominations. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Ecuador’s new health minister, Carina Vance Mafla, has vowed to shut down the country’s religious “lesbian cure” clinics. [Pink News UK]
  • Sierra Leone has banned traditional birth attendants because they are not formally trained. [Guardian UK

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