Today’s Lady News: Virginia Kills “Fetal Personhood” Bill

  • Virginia’s state Senate killed a “fetal personhood bill” which would have criminalized all abortions by declaring a fetus to be a human being at the moment of conception. Yesterday, Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell rescinded his intent to sign a “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally probed with an ultrasound, after it attracted nationwide and worldwide attention.  [WSLS]
  • Texas is now officially banning Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving federal women’s health funds because they are “an affiliate of an abortion provider.” At least 130,000 low-income women will lose their access to contraception and cancer screenings as a result of this decision. Frisky contributor Andrea Grimes has the story. [Hay Ladies]
  • Please read New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins’ thoughts on gender in the 2012 election. Just trust me on this. [New York Times]
  • On Whitney Houston as a victim of the “strong black woman” stereotype. [Racialicious]
  • Check out the thought-provoking artwork of Ana Teresa Fernandez, who’s painted a series of portraits of a woman doing unconventional tasks while wearing a black cocktail dress. [Ecosalon]
  • Meet Army Sgt. Sandra Coast, aka “Grambo,” a 51-year-old mom who graduated from basic training at Fort Leonard in Missouri last week. [The Week]


  • Meet Afghanistan’s sexret women’s boxing team. [Afghan Women’s Writing Project]
  • “Mr. Bean” actor Rowan Atkinson has stepped into the fray surrounding the BBC’s alleged discriminatory hiring practices by penning a letter to the program “Media Show.” BBC has been accused of firing female presenters when they are middle-aged and hiring younger women to replace them. Atkinson penned a letter which argued “the creative industries are completely inappropriate environments for anti-discrimination legislation.” [Hollywood Reporter]
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