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Judges Fend Off Abortion Restrictions In Louisiana & Texas

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  • A federal judge allowed a new abortion law to go into effect in Louisiana, which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away, but ruled that doctors and clinics cannot be penalized for breaking the law while it is being debated. Abortion rights supporters say the restrictions’ only intentions are to close down the state’s five abortion clinics. [New York Times]
  • A federal judge thew out parts of a new abortion law in Texas that would have required abortion clinics to meet the same operating standards of hospitals. This would have required over a dozen clinics in the state to close. [Huffington Post]
  • Emma Sulkowiz, a student at Columbia University who was sexually assaulted by a classmate, is carrying her mattress with her everywhere so as to draw attention to the fact her rapist has not been expelled.. She is one of 23 Columbia students who filed a Title IX complaint against the school for mishandling sexual assaults on campus. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »

Police Say Sharmeka Moffitt Set Herself On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack

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Yesterday. we were aghast to hear that a 20-year-old Louisiana woman named Sharmeka Moffitt claimed she had been attacked by three men and set on fire, burning the majority of her body, in a hate crime.

Last night, police confirmed that Sharmeka Moffitt actually faked the “attack,” scrawled the n-word and KKK on her car, and set herelf ablaze. Keep reading »

UPDATE: Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, Set On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack In Louisiana

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UPDATE: Police now say Sharmeka Moffitt set herself on fire and wrote “KKK” and a racial slur on her car herself. She is still in critical condition at a hospital in Louisiana. [MSN]

There are no words to really describe this: the FBI in Louisiana are investigating a possible hate crime attack by the Ku Klux Klan on Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old black woman, on Sunday evening. Police say Moffitt called 911 to report that three people in white hoodies attacked her. The men pounced on Moffitt while she was exercising alone in a park in Winnsboro, set her on fire, and spraypainted “KKK” on her car. Sharmeka Moffitt has third-degree burns over the majority of her body and has been hospitalized in critical condition. Our thoughts are with her and her family. [KLFYUPIThe Franklin Sun]

Louisiana School Says They’ll Stop Kicking Out Pregnant Girls

A Louisiana school that has received some pretty outraged press in recent days over its unusual pregnancy policy—students who were suspected of being pregnant were forced to take a pregnancy test, and those who refused or were, indeed, with child were kicked out—is changing said policy. Pregnant students will no longer have to be home-schooled, said the chair of the board of the Delhi Charter School, who offered some pretty amazing rationale for why the policy existed: No one thought anything was wrong with it. Read more…

Louisiana Governor Signs More Abortion Restrictions Into Law

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  • Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law an increased “waiting period” between the time a pregnant woman views a mandatory ultrasound and when she can have her abortion. The law also says the woman will be offered an opportunity to hear a fetal heartbeat. Such “waiting period” abortion laws are considered by pro-choice activists to be an anti-abortion ploy to make obtaining an abortion more difficult for a women, because it requires more doctor appointments and more time away from work/life. [NOLA.com]
  • The House of Representatives has approved language for a Homeland Security bill that bans women in immigrant detention facilities from receiving abortions, in most cases. Because if there is any woman who is at the perfect place in her life to have a child, it’s one locked inside immigration detention, right? [The Hill]
  • Meet the women and people of color who helped invent the Internet. (This one is for you, _JSW_!) [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Do You Wear Pajamas In Public?

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Do you wear your pajamas out in public? We’re asking because if you live in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, and you want to run out to the mall in  your jammies, you might soon be breaking the law. That’s because local politician Michael Williams is proposing an ordinance that would prohibit the wearing a pajamas in public places. “If you can’t [wear pajamas] at the boardwalk or courthouse, why are you going to do it in a restaurant or in public? Today it’s pajamas,” Williams told the Shreveport Times. “Tomorrow it’s underwear. Where does it stop?” Keep reading »

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