Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Used To Be Pro-Choice

Today's Lady News
  • Huffington Post has uncovered a December 1995 issue of Philadelphia Magzine, in which vehemently anti-abortion Sen. Rick Santorum said he was pro-choice. “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” Santorum said. “But it had never been something I thought about.” You can read a scanned and highlighted image of the Philadelpha Magazine article, including Santorum’s explanation for why he changed his views, at the link. [Huffington Post
  • Marie Colvin, a reporter for the Times of London, was killed by rocket fire last night, while reporting from Syria. Only just a few hours before, Marie Colvin had appeared on CNN. [The New Yorker]
  • Jon Stewart on Virginia’s “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which he calls a “TSA-patdown of the vagina.” [The Daily Show]
  • House Democrats say they are being blocked from televising their own hearing on contraception under Obama’s health care reform by the Republican-controlled Committee on House Administration. The Dems are convening their own panel on Thursday in protest against the all-male sausagefest convened last week by Republicans. [Politico]
  • A South Dakota state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would require so-called “counselors” from so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” — who meet with women before they have abortions — to actually be licensed. Licensed! Now there’s a thought! [NECN]
  • Baltimore has passed legislation to allow transgender folks to use a public bathroom of their choice. This came about after a trans woman was horrifically beaten in a McDonald’s last year [third item]. Still, it’s a sad statement on society when we have to pass legislation based on where people can go to the bathroom. [Think Progress]
  • On black women, black men, male privilege, and rape. [Racialicious]
  • Is Pfizer liable for pregnancies that result from recalled packages of birth control? [The Atlantic Monthly]
  • On the rise of child sex-change treatments. [The Week]
  • An imagined conversation between Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Josephine Baker on beauty. I love this. [Ecosalon]
  • A Chicago alderman will introduce an ordinance to establish a transgender issues commission in the Chicago Police Department. [Think Progress]
INTERNATIONAL
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund, was released today by French police after 30 hours of questioning related to his alleged involvement with a prostitution ring. [CNN]
  • A group called Plan UK is using facial recognition software to ensure that its pro-women’s rights advertising is only seen by women. So interesting! [Nerve]
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