Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Says Birth Control “Just Costs A Few Dollars,” Is Not Something “You Need Insurance For”

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  • Oh, Rick Santorum, just shut up already! He told conservatives at the CPAC  conference today that insurers shouldn’t cover the cost of birth control because it “costs just a few dollars. Is that what insurance is for?” He continued, adding “Things that are not really things you need insurance for, and still forcing on something that is not a critical economic need, when you have an economic distress, where you would need insurance. But forcing them even more to do it for minor expenses.” Regardless of what your opinions on health care reform are, Rick Santorum is just WRONG. It’s not “just a few dollars.” It’s not a “minor expense.”  My birth control pills had a co-pay of $60 — that’s with insurance — so I stopped taking them because they were out of my budget. [Think Progress]
  • Yes, let’s all fight about Liz Lemon on “30 Rock” some more. [NPR]
  • No female TSA agents on duty meant a Denver woman was not allowed to board a flight. She was not even allowed to sign a waiver and approve a male TSA agent pat her down.  How ridiculous! [KDVR
  • Blogger Alyssa Rosenberg on the New York Giants’ Brandon Jacobs, who suggested Gisele Bundchen “look cute and shut up,” and how sexism silences wives of famous men. [Think Progress]
  • What were the top-grossing women-centric films of 2011? [IndieWire]
  • Washington state’s governor Chris Gregorie, who is expected to sign gay marriage into law in the state on Monday, has promised to personally lobby New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie to approve same sex marriage in his state.  [Think Progress]
  • Are business schools ill-preparing women for leadership roles in the workplace? [Forbes]
  • Ha! VICE magazine ranked the 10 hottest homophobes on Facebook.  [Queerty
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  • On the so-called “honor killings” of four Muslim women in Canada who were murdered by their family members because they just wanted to live ‘Westernized’ lives. [Bitch Magazine]
  • The UK’s prime minister David Cameron said that women insufficiently represented in boardrooms. “The evidence is that there is a positive link between women in leadership  and business performance, so if we fail  to unlock the potential of women in  the labour market, we’re not only failing those individuals, we’re failing our whole economy,” Cameron said. [Daily Mail UK]

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