Today’s Lady News: Catholic College Drops Entire Student Health Plan Rather Than Cover Birth Control

  • A Catholic college in Ohio will drop its entire student health insurance plan beginning in the fall 2012 semester rather than cover birth control under its policy. Franciscan University would have been required to do so under Obama’s health care reform, given how the school is not a religious institution (i.e. it employs many non-religious “civilians”). It is not clear why the school didn’t opt for the compromise proposed by the government, which was to have the insurers pick up the tab if the employer wouldn’t. What a shame that the university would do this to their students.  [Huffington Post
  • This week marks the official beginning of women soldiers integrating into nine previously all-male units in the Army, which will open up 14,000 jobs. The policy change will eventually go Army-wide. []
  • Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a bill that allows a pharmacist to refuse to dispense a medication that he or she believes would terminate a life, like the morning-after pill. [Kansas City Star]
  • TV evangelist Pat Robertson is ranting and raving that lesbian and gay sex “doesn’t bring forth anything except disease … and suffering.” That’s why all those same-sex couples want to get married so badly: all the disease and suffering. [Raw Story]
  • Author/professor Maya Angelous has helped to open her second women’s health clinic. The most recent one is Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness in her hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. [Huffington Post]
  • Fewer girls are getting married under the age of 14 in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to a new study by a University of California at San Diego professor. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Human Rights Watch has called on India to address the violence against women perpetrated by its police, after a police officer beat a pregnant sex worker. [New York Daily News
  • Meet the only female driving instructor in Kabul, Afghanistan. [Reuters]
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