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Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition

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Hi there! Today has been stupidly busy and I haven’t been able to wrangle the column together, so Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. (And links do get posted in comments — just be patient!) 

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 »

Natasha Trethewey, African-American Pulitzer Prizewinner, Named Poet Laureate

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  • Natasha Trethewey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has been named Poet Laureate of the United States. Trethewey has written three collections of poetry, one nonfiction book, and teaches creative writing at Emory University. She is the first Southerner to win since the first-ever laureate and the most recent black poet laureate since 1993. Her fourth book of poems, Thrall, is scheduled for publication in the fall. [New York Times]
  • Find out more about an utterly scary “super bill” restricting access to abortion proposed by Michigan State Representative Bruce Rendon, a Republican. [Feministing, Think Progress
  • A “booth babe” at this week’s Computex exhibition in Taiwan says tech companies are pressuring women they hire to man the booths to show more and more skin. [CNET] Keep reading »

OK Doctor Refuses To Provide Emergency Contraception To Rape Victim In ER

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  • An Oklahoma doctor working in an emergency room refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old rape victim because EC is against her personal beliefs. (Yes, the doctor was a woman.) According to the rape victim’s mother Rhonda, the doctor said, “I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs.” And guess what! It is perfectly legal for this doctor to do this in the state of Oklahoma because it has a so-called “conscience clause.” This poor rape victim and her mom had to travel to another hospital to get EC and prevent an unwanted pregnancy from rape. This is embarrassing, Oklahoma. [Think Progress]
  • Washington state’s same-sex marriage law will be voted on in a November referendum, after opponents of marriage equality have gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballet. In the meantime, the measure to allow civil marriage will sit in limbo. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked By Senate Republicans

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  • Republicans in the Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in a 52-47 vote through a filibuster. Bummer, dudes. The bill would have strengthened the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and tightened up some loopholes in pay inequity. [Think Progress]
  • Doctors are speaking out against anti-abortion activists’ claims that Plan B can cause an “abortion” by blocking a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. Plenty of politicians, including Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmman, have referred to the morning-after pill as “abortive pills” or “morning-after abortion pills.” Just because you keep repeating something doesn’t mean it is medically true, guys! [New York Times]
  • Also, Representative Cliff Stearns of Florida has suggested criminal punishments for women who have abortions. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • A Republican campaign spokesman in New York who suggested in a Facebook wall post that people “hurl some acid” on female Democratic senators has resigned. [The Nation]
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  • Tomorrow the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Simply put, equal pay is the reason that Peggy Olson would not get paid less than Michael Ginsberg just because she’s a woman. And that goes the same for you and the dude sitting in the cubicle across from you. Urge your senators to vote in support of the PFA — find out how to contact them at the link! [Feministing]
  • Boston photographer Glenford Nunez capturing black women’s natural hair in a cool new endeavor called “The Coiffure Project.” [Uptown Magazine]
  • The Vatican denounced an American nun who wrote a book about Christian sexual ethics, which included acceptance of same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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