Most Of Virginia’s Abortion Clinics Could Close Today

  • Twenty of 22 abortion clinics in Virginia could close today if the state’s Board of Health votes to impose medically unnecessary restrictions on them. Specifically, the clinics would be required to adopt rules that hospitals do, such as providing as many beds as there are parking spaces in the lot. Real important, right? Clever job at restricting abortion rights, VA! [Mother Jones]
  • Feminista and Bling author Erica Kennedy has died. We spoke with Erica about her books in 2009 and were sad to hear of her early passing. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family. [Twitter]
  • A petition on by a young Native American woman is lobbying the Indian Health Services to make Plan B/the morning-after pill available on reservations. Sunny Clifford lives on a reservation in South Dakota and was told when she needed Plan B that she would have to drive to a clinic one hour away. []
  • China suspended three family planning officials for forcing a 23-year-old woman to have an abortion seven months into her pregnancy when she could not pay a $6,300 fine for violating the country’s one-child policy. Freedom of choice goes both ways, China. [New York Times]
  • A former Wisconsin DA, who was accused of sexual harassment, has plead no contest to six ethics violations. [Washington Post]
  • A Brooklyn man has been arrested for molesting a 15-year-old girl in a subway station. [Gothamist]
  • A gang of men in Ukraine have reportedly kidnapped three feminist activists from the group Femen. [Guardian UK]
  • China will send its first female astronaut, Liu Yang, 33, into space tomorrow. [BBC]