Arkansas Ban On Abortions After 12 Weeks Temporarily Blocked

  • A ban on abortions after 12 weeks in Arkansas — the earliest abortion ban in the country — has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. [Politico]
  • The state government of Illinois has advanced a comprehensive sex ed bill that requires teachers to teach “medically accurate and age-appropriate lesson[s]” on sexual health. What a novel idea! [Rockford Register Star]
  • New York State has introduced a bill to prosecute sex traffickers. [Stop Human Trafficking NY]
  • Dove, Vistaprint and are all ignoring an online campaign by feminist activist group Women, Action & Media (WAM) to encourage Facebook to remove content that is violent against women and girls. [Feministing, WAM]
  • Meet Rep. Krysten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, who is openly bisexual and agnostic. [ELLE]
  • Yes, female genital mutilation happens in America. [Womens eNews]
  • Bullies in a northern California town allegedly attacked a 15-year-old out lesbian and cut off her hair. [SheWired]
  • Two women in Virginia have been charged with performing an abortion six months into a pregnancy using herbal supplements. [Raw Story]
  • Meet Chelsea Fearce, a homeless high school student from Georgia who graduated as valedictorian with a 4.466 GPA and is entering Spelman College as a junior.
  • Blogger Jessica Grose on how she seeks to raise her infant daughter without body image issues. [New York Times]
  • Openly gay WNBA basketball player Brittney Griner said her former coach at Baylor, a Baptist college, pressured her to stay in the closet and once asked her to delete a tweet referencing her sexual orientation. [Advocate]
  • Here’s Feministing co-founder Jessica Valenti on why “pro-life feminism” really isn’t a thing. [The Nation]
  • Comedienne and actress Carol Burnett will be this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, making her the first woman to with both the Mark Twain Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors. [Washington Post]
  • On sexism and empowerment in “Star Trek Into The Darkness.” [Opinioness Of The World]


  • Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, who is currently serving jail time for speaking out publicly against Russian President Vladmir Putin, has started a hunger strike because she has been forbidden to attend her own parole hearing. [Guardian UK]
  • Seven women and five men were murdered inside a brothel in Baghdad, Iraq. [BBC]
  • Pakistani athlete Arunima Sinha, 26, has become the first female amputee to reach the peak of Mount Everest. [Guardian UK]

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