Louisiana Governor Signs More Abortion Restrictions Into Law

  • Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law an increased “waiting period” between the time a pregnant woman views a mandatory ultrasound and when she can have her abortion. The law also says the woman will be offered an opportunity to hear a fetal heartbeat. Such “waiting period” abortion laws are considered by pro-choice activists to be an anti-abortion ploy to make obtaining an abortion more difficult for a women, because it requires more doctor appointments and more time away from work/life. [NOLA.com]
  • The House of Representatives has approved language for a Homeland Security bill that bans women in immigrant detention facilities from receiving abortions, in most cases. Because if there is any woman who is at the perfect place in her life to have a child, it’s one locked inside immigration detention, right? [The Hill]
  • Meet the women and people of color who helped invent the Internet. (This one is for you, _JSW_!) [Ms. Magazine]
  • Remembering Marina Keegan, a recent Yale grad who had just accepted a job as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker when she died in a car accident. [The New Yorker]
  • A woman recalls facing her second unwanted pregnancy. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Do you agree that the literary community needs the Orange Prize, the literary award just for women novelists? [Jezebel]
  • Photographer Nan Goldin, who documented New York City street life in the 1970s and 1980s, has received a lifetime achievement award from a prestigious artists’ retreat. [New York Times]
  • If you live in the New York City area, there is going to be a benefit concert next week for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who have been imprisoned on free speech issues. [Paper Mag]
  • The first-ever lesbian couple got married on the reality show “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.” [After Ellen]
  • Meet the extremely kickass Andrea Kabwasa, a black women who surfs! [Racialicious]
  • A march today in Egypt’s Tahrir Square to protest sexual harassment saw women assaulted, groped and attacked by an angry mob.  Men who were there to protect the march were overwhelmed by the mob. [Washington Post]
  • A manhunt is afoot for a Greek lawmaker who hit his female rival on live television. [MSNBC]
  • On the feminist zeitgeist happening in Ireland right now. [Guardian UK]
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