Turkish Politician Admonishes Women For Laughing In Public

  • The deputy prime minister of Turkey said women shouldn’t “laugh in public” because it’s “inviting in her attitudes” and unchaste. Look more miserable, ladies. [Huffington Post]
  • A former Hobby Lobby employee named Felicia Allen claims that three years ago while she was pregnant, she was fired when she applied for medical leave. Allen also said the evangelical Christian-owned company — which was recently affirmed by the Supreme Court that it can deny coverage of birth control to their employees — expressed no interest in hiring her back after her child was born. [RH Reality Check]
  • An appellate court ruled today that a 2012 Mississippi law that would force the state’s only abortion clinic to close is unconstitutional. [Talking Points Memo]
  • This week, President Obama spoke out publicly, for the first time ever, against female genital mutilation. [Yahoo News]
  • The entire state of Texas might have only six abortion clinics — with zero in rural areas — by the end of the year. [Washington Post]
  • Only 12 percent of the films announced by the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) so far have been directed by women. [IndieWire]
  • Longtime National Public Radio reporter Margot Adler has died at 68. [NPR]

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