Abortion Ban In Washington, D.C., Fails

  • A bill to ban abortion in the District of Columbia has died in the House of Representatives. The bill, proposed by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), would have criminalized abortion after 20 weeks including in cases of rape and incest. [Politico]
  • Last night, the writer Gore Vidal died. Today, blogger Garland Grey over at Tiger Beatdown reminds us of a not-so-rosy aspect of the author’s life: defending rapist Roman Polanski. [Tiger Beatdown]
  • Yes, you could go to jail for admitting to rape on Reddit. [BuzzFeed]
  • Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will speak at the Democratic National Convention in September before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [The Daily Beast]
  • Three children from the same family, ages 16, 13, and 11, have been charged with attacking a lesbian woman in Missouri. [Seattle Times]
  • Dennis Turner, a 56-year-old Florida teacher, is behind bars for a three-year-long relationship he had with his 15-year-old student. He has been charged with 126 counts of sexual battery of a person under 18. [New York Daily News]
  • 16-year-old Gabby Douglas won a gold medal for gymnastics — and yet people are tearing her down for her hair. [Clutch Magazine]


  • Lawyers for Pussy Riot, the Russian punk band that was jailed for speaking out publicly against President Vladmir Putin, say the women have been mistreated while in jail. [Reuters]
  • Meet Ye Haiyan, an advocate for Chinese sex workers. [The Daily Beast]
  • Why museums in the Middle East are a woman’s world. [The Economist]
  • Meet the unemployed men and women in Spain who are selling sperm and eggs to earn money. [CNN]
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