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Explosive Detonated At Planned Parenthood Clinic In Wisconsin Last Night

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UPDATE, 1:40p.m.: Mother Jones is reporting the clinic is “temporarily closed” and the FBI has joined an investigation into the bombing. [Mother Jones]

An explosive blew up at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin last night at around 7:30 p.m. Police say a homemade bomb was placed on a windowsill outside the Appleton North Health Clinic. It started a fire that burned itself out but still caused damage to the building. No one was hurt.

Intimidation tactics like this are nothing short of domestic terrorism, intent on scaring the employees of abortion clinics from doing their jobs. Thank you to the women and men who work at these clinics and put themselves at risk for clinic violence every day.  

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Today’s Lady News: Abortion Clinic Landlord Gets Revenge On Harassing Protestors

  • The landlord of an abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland, is getting back at anti-abortion protesters who make harassing phone calls to him at home by taking down the phone numbers and distributing lists of them to pro-choice protesters who call these people back. According to the Washington Post, 3,000 people have volunteered to make calls, which has inspired the landlord, Todd Stave, to set a up group called Voice Of Choice to help other clinics whose employees are harassed by these extremists.  [Newser]
  • Latinas are the lowest paid group in the United States, earning on average 40 percent less than white, non-Hispanic men, according to a union for Latin American workers. [Fox News]
  • An anti-abortion group has filed a brief with Alabama’s Supreme Court urging them to test aborted fetuses for meth. The state has a “chemical endangerment of children” law which puts mothers behind bars if their liveborn babies test positive for drugs. However, if the state decides to test fetuses for meth as well, it could set a precedent for considering a fetus to be a fully-formed child. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Feminist Naomi Wolf Calls For Boycott Of Katy Perry’s Music

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Naomi Wolf, a prominent feminist activist, is calling for a boycott of Katy Perry’s entire pop music oeuvre on account of the singer’s music video for her song “Part Of Me.” In the video, Katy dumps a boyfriend and then joins the Marines, where she endures tough training while singing about how she’s so strong and “you’re never gonna break my soul.” On her Facebook page, Naomi Wolf wrote that the video is “a total piece of propaganda for the Marines,” continuing: 

I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it. It is truly shameful … I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked — if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Remembering Poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

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  • Here’s some of the many remembrances of the poet, essayist and feminist activist Adrienne Rich, who died yesterday at 82. In particular, I point you to this beautiful, spare poem by Marge Piercy in honor of Ms. Rich. [NY TimesNYMag.com, The Millions]
  • Arizona’s State Senate defeated the bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to offer health insurance that covers birth control for their employees if it conflicted with the employer’s own “moral or religious beliefs.” [Think Progress]
  • A committee in Oklahoma’s State House voted yesterday to advance a so-called “fetal personhood” bill that would criminalize all abortions by declaring a fertilized egg a “person.” [NECN]
  • Well, somebody had to tell all of Esquire‘s female readers to stop being so uppity. [Esquire] Keep reading »

Rape Case Dismissed Against Saudi Prince (Who Also Happens To Be One Of The World’s Richest Men)

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A Spanish court dismissed a rape case against a Saudi prince and billionaire, after it was decided there was not sufficient evidence to press charges. Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, 57, the nephew of King Abdullah, had been accused of raping a Spanish model on a yacht owned by the Saudi royal family off the island of Ibiza in August 2008. The prince claimed he had not been in Ibiza at the time and had in fact been in France with his family, which dozens of witnesses can allegedly confirm, his lawyers claim. It does not seem to be in dispute that the then-20-year-old woman was attacked, however. She sent a text message to a friend on the night of the alleged attack saying she thought her drink had been spiked;  when the victim was examined afterwards, her urine contained a sleep-inducing tranquilizer and semen. Apparently that DNA evidence has never been tested against the prince’s DNA. The victim claims that the case — which was already dismissed once before by a lower court for lack of evidence — is not being handled with due seriousness because the man she has accused is one of the richest, most powerful men in the world with stakes in NewsCorp and CitiGroup.

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Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gwen Moore Shares Her Own Rape Story Before Congress (NSFW)

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  • While pushing for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounted the story of her own sexual assault as a child and rape as a young woman. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” Rep. Moore said. “I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.” Much respect to her for sharing her personal story in such a public way. [Huffington Post
  • Adrienne Rich, feminist poet and essayist, died yesterday at age 82. [L.A. Times]
  • Out students at West Point are filming the military school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. [Queerty] Keep reading »
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