Wife Of Anti-Choice Texas Governor Anita Perry Says Abortion Is “A Woman’s Right”

  • Staunchly anti-abortion Texas Governor Rick Perry is backpedaling like mad after his wife publicly stated she sees abortion “as a woman’s right.” Anita Perry, speaking to reporter Evan Smith in Austin, said, “That’s really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a woman’s right. If they want to do that, that is their decision; they have to live with that decision.” When pressed, Anita Perry said abortion “could be” a woman’s right, adding, “Just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure. But I don’t agree with it and that’s not my view.” But don’t go thinking that the wife of Governor Perry speaks for herself. Nope, you are wrong-wrong-wrong. Rick Perry has informed reporters that his wife simply misspoke, huffing, “From time to time we’ll stick the wrong word in the wrong place and you pounce upon it.” Bad Republican wife! Bad! Bad! [Huffington Post]
  • How low-income moms and infants will be hurt by the government shutdown. [Think Progress]
  • How Obamacare fails Black women on maternal health. [RH Reality Check]
  • One of the women in Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk band, has ended her hunger strike in prison. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike for nine days to protest abusive conditions at work camp where she was sentenced for “hooliganism” after she spoke out publicly against President Vladmir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church. [Rolling Stone]
  • The prime minister of Turkey lifted a ban on women wearing Islamic headscarves in government buildings. [The Daily Beast]
  • Lulu, a six-year-old girl in Argentina who was born as a boy, is the first trans person to have her name changed on her identity documents. [Telegraph UK]
  • Fanboys are not happy about Black Widow’s bigger role in the sequel to “The Avengers.” [The Atlantic]
  • Marvel and Natalie Portman announced a mentoring program for girls interested in the STEM (science, tech, engineering and mathematics) fields. [The Mary Sue]
  • Meet the 11 women recognized this year by the MacArthur genius grants. [The Daily Beast]
  • On the fear Mexican trans women face upon deportation. [WomensEnews]
  • The answers to “Jeopardy” clues are more likely to be male than female. [Salon]
  • “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” writer Janine Brito talks about comedy, Ellen DeGeneres and being a lesbian. [After Ellen]
  • On the racial values and homemaking lessons women were taught at Nazi bride school. [Slate]
  • Wonder Woman can be made into a movie and this short is proof. [io9]
  • “Breaking Bad”‘s critique of the macho (and its problem with women). [The Atlantic]

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