Alabama Seeks More Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

  • Alabama has advanced an Orwellian-named bill called the “Women’s Health & Safety Act” which seeks to heap more restrictions on abortion providers — for instance, regulating the architectural infrastructure of the buildings — in hopes it can close the state’s five remaining clinics. [Think Progress,]
  • According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 75 percent of Americans polled support the military’s decision to lift the ban on women serving in ground combat. [Politico]
  • On Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl who performed with her school in a parade for President Obama’s second inauguration and then was murdered two weeks later by gun violence in Chicago. [Madame Noire]
  • Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes on how a Texas lawmaker wants to ban Planned Parenthood from providing sex ed in public schools. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  •’s Irin Carmon investigated “ethics committees” at Catholic hospitals and medical centers that regulate women’s access to reproductive health. [Salon]
  • On the rise of the female gun nut. []
  • An OB-GYN in St. Louis, Missouri, posted about a patient’s medical history on Facebook and is now in trouble with her employers. [BuzzFeed]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is on her book tour and hugging people and generally being adorable. [Colorlines]
  • 14 reasons why it’s not OK to out someone as trans. (The post is a little old, but still worth reading!) [American Trans Man]
  • On the battle for respect by female athletes. [CNN]
  • On gender cliches in Guillermo del Toro’s horror film “Mama.” [Slate]


  • On the low-income women in India who are duped into prostitution work in the Middle East. [Guardian UK]
  • Lawyers for Pussy Riot, the feminist punk collective which was jailed for “hooliganism” after it spoke out publicly against President Vladmir Putin, have filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • On how Malawi is tackling its high maternal mortality rate. [New York Times]
  • On female circumcision in Southeast Asia. [Colorlines]

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