Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules Texas Can’t Withhold Funding From Planned Parenthood

  • A federal judge ruled today that a new Texas law banning Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds through its Women’s Health Program — so targeted because it provides abortion services in addition to cancer screenings, etc. — is unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge noted, “The court is particularly influenced by the potential for immediate loss of access to necessary medical services by several thousand Texas women.” An injunction will be applied against the law until further notice. [CBS News]
  • Author Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize and Pulitizer Prize winner, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year. Other lady recipients include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the late Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, and NCAA women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. [The Root]
  • Conservative talking head Michelle Malkin just had to tweet some nastiness after Meghan McCain and Sandra Fluke bonded this weekend at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over being called “sluts.” [Media Matters For America]
  • Alabama’s health department denied a license to a company which sought to take over a Birmingham clinic slated to close due to health violations, citing too close a relationship between the company which applied and the current clinic owner. [The Republic]
  • Cardinal Dolan wants to take the contraception issue in health care reform all the way to the Supreme Court. [Gothamist]
  • Former nun Mary Johnson criticizes the recent crackdown on U.S. sisters accused of “radical feminism.” [The Daily Beast]
  • After a rape victim publicly identified herself at a Take Back The Night rally, the college paper reprinted her name. Typically news outlets do not identify rape victims, but the paper says the victim’s privacy wasn’t invaded because she was speaking in a public forum. Who was right? [Romenesko]
  • Trevor MacDonald, a transgender man, describes being a “breastfeeding dad.” [Huffington Post
  • “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead talks about founding the show and discovering Rachel Maddow and Stephen Colbert. []
  • Stockholm, Sweden’s city council has announced a “women’s refuge guarantee,” in which all women who need a safe place to stay because of domestic violence are guaranteed a spot in a shelter. [The Local
  • A Pakistani woman who was raised in Austria explains how her parents threatened to kill her because she refused an arranged marriage. [The Daily Beast]
  • A British judge jailed a computer hacker for breaking into the website of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and stealing the personal medical details of 10,000 women. [Washington Post]
  • Meet Erika Lust, a Swedish porn filmmaker whose female-written and -directed movies were lauded recently by the Feminist Porn Awards. [VICE]

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