OK Doctor Refuses To Provide Emergency Contraception To Rape Victim In ER

  • An Oklahoma doctor working in an emergency room refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old rape victim because EC is against her personal beliefs. (Yes, the doctor was a woman.) According to the rape victim’s mother Rhonda, the doctor said, “I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs.” And guess what! It is perfectly legal for this doctor to do this in the state of Oklahoma because it has a so-called “conscience clause.” This poor rape victim and her mom had to travel to another hospital to get EC and prevent an unwanted pregnancy from rape. This is embarrassing, Oklahoma. [Think Progress]
  • Washington state’s same-sex marriage law will be voted on in a November referendum, after opponents of marriage equality have gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballet. In the meantime, the measure to allow civil marriage will sit in limbo. [USA Today]
  • A Republican Representative from Michigan announced he will introduce legislation to further restrict abortion in Washington, D.C. (which is in the unique position of having Congress make its laws). Why does some politician from Michigan think it’s his business to tell the women of D.C. — who didn’t even elect him! — what they can do with their bodies? [Think Progress]
  • Why forcing labels on our sexual orientation can be bad for our health. [YourTango]
  • Feminist and artist Yoko Ono looks back on her great career. [FT Magazine]
  • Check out “La Souriante Madame Beudet,” a 1922 movie which is considered to be the very first feminist film. [Brain Pickings]
  • Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, a womanist and Catholic theologian whose work uplifted Latinas inside the church, died last month at age 69. She is the author of the 1996 book Mujerista Theology and a proponent of “Mujerism.”  [New York Times]


  • A new law in Italy will require women to hold one-third of board seats by 2015. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Meet Aparna, a teenage sex educator in Mumbai, India. [New York Times]
  • Pakistan is investigating whether four women in a rural area were murdered in so-called “honor killings” for clapping and singing when men danced at a wedding, which was considered a violation of tribal honor. [Reuters
  • On how the war on drugs in Latin America has become a war on women. [Feministing]
  • Is royal succession gender equality in the UK a good thing for feminism? [Guardian UK]
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