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Today’s Lady News: Kansas Appoints Anti-Abortion Lawyer To State Medical Board

  • Oh, for f**k’s sake: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has appointed a lawyer for anti-abortion activists to the state’s medical board. Rick Macias has represented Operation Rescue, the biggest wackadoodle anti-abortion protest group in the country, which dogged the late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller until he was eventually murdered at his Wichita church. Macias has also represented Kansans For Life, another anti-abortion group. He’s truly an excellent appointment to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which oversees the state’s abortion providers. My, my. What is the matter with Kansas? [Mother Jones]
  • President Obama has nominated an openly gay lesbian to West Point’s Board of Visitors. Brenda “Sue” Fulton is an alum of West Point’s first class to include lady cadets. [SheWired]
  • UN Women has released its first report, entitled “Progress Of The World’s Women.” [Tiger Beatdown]

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Today’s Lady News: Oregon Jail Says “No Bail, No Abortion”

  • A jail in Oregon won’t let a 23-year-old pregnant woman have an abortion unless she posts 1/10th of her $65,000 bail. You see, her abortion is not an “emergency.” Um, hello? This woman is being treated for mental health issues! She doused herself with paint thinner! And lighter fluid! She sure sounds like an excellent candidate for unwanted motherhood to me. Sigh. [Yamhill Valley News Register via Reproductive Rights Reality Check]
  • The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the IMF, of sexual assault announced she will sue The New York Post and five of its reporters for libel after it published a story on Saturday claiming she was a prostitute. [Reuters]
  • Meanwhile, writer Tristane Banon has filed a complaint accusing Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape in 2003. [Los Angeles Times]

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Anti-Abortion Billboards Targeted At Blacks Appear In Oakland

Race-related anti-abortion billboards strike again! At least 25 billboards reading “Black is beautiful” with a picture of a black baby and the URL for an anti-abortion web sitehave been posted this month in Oakland, California. The billboards are paid for by the Radiance Foundation, an anti-abortion group which is also responsible for slavery-related billboards in Atlanta which read “The 13th amendment freed us, abortion enslaves us,” and billboards in Houston which read “Black & Unwanted.” The goal of the Radiance Foundation, as you may have guessed by now, is to suggest that legal abortion is a plot to exterminate black people. This is hogwash for a variety of reasons I’ve explained in detail in past posts like this one. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Kansas Denies Planned Parenthood License To Perform Abortions

  • The state of Kansas has denied Planned Parenthood a license to perform abortions, which means it is temporarily the only state in the nation where Planned Parenthood clinics have this restriction. This is terrifying, people. [NPR]
  • Rhode Island’s state Senate has advanced a bill to legalize civil unions. It now heads to the governor’s desk, where Gov. Lincoln Chaffee, an independent, has said he will sign it. [Think Progress]
  • Hotel maids are taking self-defense classes, following the recent alleged sexual assault of a New York City hotel maid by the former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. [New York Post]
  • Seven underrated female comedy writers to watch. [The Mary Sue]

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Ohio House Passes “Heartbeat Bill” To Criminalize Abortion At 6 Or 7 Weeks

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Reproductive rights are under full-frontal assault in Ohio today: the Ohio House of Representatives advanced the “heartbeat bill.” The “heartbeat bill” would make abortion illegal when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is typically around six or seven weeks. Some women don’t even know they’re pregnant at six or seven weeks, which, alas, is just what anti-abortion extremists want. Ohio’s heartbeat bill, which had two fetuses “testify” on its behalf earlier this year, also doesn’t contain exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or the woman’s health. Keep reading »

New Anti-Abortion Movie “Gates Of Hell” Glorifies Killing Abortion Doctors

One of the more cuckoo claims of anti-abortion extremists is that abortion is all about “black genocide.” You know, Americans want abortion legal mostly so we can cut down on the black population or something. That is the flawless logic behind these, these and these billboards targeted at black people in urban hubs like New York City and Atlanta. The latest WTF-ery is a new movie called “Gates Of Hell” about … wait for it … black men who hunt down abortion providers as “payback” for the “genocide.” Keep reading »

New Anti-Abortion Ad Calls Abortion The New Slavery

Tactics used by anti-abortion groups just keep getting uglier. The latest “ugh!” is courtesy of the Radiance Foundation, whose new billboards target black women and read “The 13th Amendment freed us. Abortion enslaved us” and “Abortion makes three-fifths human seem overly generous.” The billboards purposefully appeared on June 19, or Juneteenth, which is the anniversary of the end of slavery in America. Said Ryan Scott Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation:

“When you look at what abortion has brought to the black community, it can’t be typified to anything other than present-day slavery. It’s just like slavery, because you have a class of people who are considered less than human, and therefore they can be treated like property.”

Why, yes, having reproductive rights is just like slavery. Keep reading »

How Indiana’s Planned Parenthood Will Cope With Defunding

In the past few months, three states have enacted new laws to strip their Planned Parenthod clinics of funding. State and federal funds never paid for abortions because they are prohibited to do so by federal law. Alas, conservative politicians in Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina want to punish Planeed Parenthoods for providing abortions at all.

What are the consequences of this low-down, dirty, anti-women move? Employees lose their jobs and other services get cut. The Indianpolis Star checked in with the Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and the $1.3 million in budget cuts — about 1/10th of its budget — are depressing. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: North Carolina To De-Fund Planned Parenthood

  • Planned Parenthood clinics in North Carolina will lose their federal and state money as of July 1 after Republican state representatives overrode a veto by NC’s Governor Bev Perdue. NC follows Indiana and Kansas in defunding Planned Parenthood over outrage that tax money goes to clinics that perform abortions (even if the actual funds are not used on abortions themselves). I guess these politicians think the women whose cancer screenings, STD testing and Pap smears will be adversely affected are just collateral damage? [Huffington Post]
  • A gay judge’s ruling on same-sex marriage — that California’s ban on gay marriage should be abolished — was upheld by a federal judge on Tuesday. Supporters of the ban say former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself or let the court know that he was gay and stood to benefit from his own ruling. [
    • Hold on to your testicles, boys! Liberal women are "neutering American men." Or so says the Tea Party's Rep. Allen West of Florida. [Think Progress]
    • Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni (and author of the amazing memoir Lipstick Jihad) asks if the Islamic veil has to be a symbol of patriarchy or could it also be a symbol of Muslim feminism? [TIMETIME]
    • Dios mio: anti-abortion billboards are now targeting Latinas. [Ms. Magazine]
    • Tracy Morgan’s five-step guide on how to get lesbians and gays to stop hating him after his recent verbal diarrhea. [Queerty]
    • Riot grrl Kathleen Hanna is reviving her old solo project as a new five-piece band, the Julie Ruin. [Pitchfork]

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Ayat al Qurmezi, a 20-year-old girl, was beaten, threatened with rape, and imprisoned for one year because she dared to read her own protest poetry in public. [McClatchy DC]
    • Good news, randy Brits: the number of diagnosed STDs has dropped! It’s a measly one percent … but hey, it’s still a drop. [BBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Alabama To Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

  • Alabama’s state House and Senate have approved a bill to ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, except in cases of risk of death or physical harm to the mother. [Reuters]
  • Nassau County in Long Island, New York, has offered $7 million to female police officers who filed a gender discrimination lawsuit because they were paid less than male officers for the same job. [Reuters]
  • Journalists are pouring over 13,000 of Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial emails released by the state of Alaska today. The Frisky will keep you posted on anything juicy they dig up. [Washington Post]

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