Missouri Legislature Advances 3-Day Waiting Period For Abortion

  • A Missouri bill mandating a three-day waiting period for an abortion is now sitting on the governor’s desk. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature advanced the bill, which would require a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to meet with her doctor and then wait three days, even if she is a victim of incest or rape. Such anti-choice bills make it harder and more expensive for women to obtain abortions. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has not indicated whether he’ll sign the bill. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Teen girls in Nigeria who escaped the kidnapping by Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group, open up about the horror they experienced. [New York Times]
  • Women legislators in the United States Senate have banded together to express outrage over the kidnappings. [New York Times]
  • Referencing the Nigerian kidnappings, supermodel Irina Shayk posted a picture of herself holding a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls on Instagram … but she also appears to be topless. [PolicyMic]
  • Boys and male teachers at 27 high schools in Nantes, France, have been invited to wear skirts to class on Friday to show awareness about gender inequality. Students thought up the protest, which was approved by the country’s Ministry of Education. Not surprisingly, some French conservatives are losing their shit.  [Local FR]
  • What’s it like to be transgender in the American military? [NYMag.com]
  • A 27-year-old woman in Sudan who converted to Christianity and married a Christian man has been told she’ll be killed if she does not return to practicing Islam. [Huffington Post]
  • Mother Jones examines the gendered aspect of how gun extremists target women with threats of rape and violence. [Mother Jones]
  • Natalie Nougayrede, the editor-in-chief of the French newspaper Le Monde, stepped down this week after only 14 months on the job. [New York Times]
  • On women, YouTube and sexism in new media. [The Mary Sue]

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