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Today’s Lady News: France To Fine Women Who Wear Face-Covering Veils In Public

  • Today, the French government passed a bill to fine a woman $185 if she wears a face-covering veil in public. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the fine would send a message that it is wrong for women to cover their faces in public, such as with a burqa or niqab. But critics say the “burqa ban” is anti-Muslim and fans the flames of racial tension. [Washington Post]
  • Parents took to the school board meeting of Hillsborough County, Florida, yesterday to debate whether Bellamy Elementary in Tampa was right to ask a mother not to breastfeed her 2-year-old in the school lobby, while waiting for her child. Florida law says mothers can breastfeed their children in public, but the school says it needs to maintain order. [St. Petersburg Times]
  • Louisiana’s state senate passed a bill yesterday requiring that a women receives an ultrasound before she has an abortion and that she hears an explanation of the fetus’ development. The original bill was amended to allow women to decline to view the ultrasound screen. The bill now heads to Louisiana’s House. [NOLA.com]

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Today’s Lady News: French Woman Flies Into A “Burqa Rage”

  • This weekend, a 60-year-old lawyer in Trignac, France, attacked a fellow shopper, a 26-year-old Muslim woman, and ripped her body-covering veil off. Police say the woman made “snide remarks about her black burqa” before she flew into her “burqa rage” and ripped the veil off. The lawyer and her daughter then began physically fighting with the woman before all three were arrested. Currently, France is considering a ban on all body-covering veils for women, which has fanned the flames of racial tensions in the country. [Telegraph UK]
  • A woman in Saudi Arabia beat up a religious policeman — or “virtue cop” — who stopped her in an amusement park for walking with a male friend. In Saudi Arabia, unmarried men and women are forbidden from socializing and are policed by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Experts say the woman can now expect a prison term, lashing or both. [Daily Mail UK]

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Today’s Lady News: Watch Rachel Maddow Give Smith College’s Commencement Address

  • Political commentator Rachel Maddow delivered Smith College’s 2010 commencement address and gave some smarty-pants advice: “When given the choice between fame and glory, take glory. … Life might very well be long. Keep your eyes on the horizon and live in a way that you will be proud of. You will sleep more, you will be a better partner, you will be a better mom, you will be a better friend, and you will not have to remember any complicated lies to brag about at the old-age home because you can brag about the truth of your well-lived life.” If you’re going to listen to her speech, I suggest the second half! [Smith.edu]
  • Sister Margaret McBride, a nun and administrator at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix, has been reassigned after allowing a woman with a life-threatening condition to have an abortion. Hospital officials at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center defended McBride and agreed that the 11-week-old fetus needed to be aborted to save the life of the mother, who had pulmonary hypertension. Bishop Thomas Olmsted, head of the Phoenix Diocese, said in a statement that McBride is “automatically ex-communicated.” [MSNBC]
  • Continental Airlines has agreed to provide back pay and interest to 132 women who were rejected from jobs as customer service agents and cargo agents. Continental is a contractor for the Department of Defense and the Labor Department monitors all contractors to follow equal employment opportunity laws. [Houston Chronicle]

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Today’s Lady News: NY Midwives Lose Home Birth Rights & Sarah Palin Talks About Bears

  • New York City midwives have lost the right to deliver babies at home, as a result of the closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Since 1992, the progressive Manhattan hospital provided the approval required under NY law for at home midwifery services. [Guardian U.K.]
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics says a “ritual nick” to the genitals of newborn baby girls might “save some girls from undergoing disfiguring and life-threatening procedures in their native countries.” NPR explains more about this new policy statement and what it actually means. [NPR]
  • Sarah Palin warned during a speech today that “mama grizzlies” are going to “take this country back” during the November elections. Whatever that means. [Salon]

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Today’s Lady News: 25 Percent Of Women Feel “Meh” On Getting Pregnant

  • A new study suggests that one in four women feels ambivalent about getting pregnant, essentially saying they could take or leave having kids. [Baby Chums]
  • Which may explain why women are waiting longer to have children and are more likely than ever to have them without being married. [Baby Chums]
  • Blogger Lena Chen discusses the “Rethinking Virginity” conference she planned at Harvard University and corrects those who think “rethinking virginity” means an overarching endorsement of abstinence and the abstinence movement. [Slate]
  • The murder of lacrosse player Yeardley Love has caused the University of Virginia to “consider changes to campus public safety policies and state laws to enable more information sharing between police and college administrators.” Love’s ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, has been arrested and charged in her death. [Security Info Watch]

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Today’s Lady News: Laura Bush Is Pro-Choice And Supports Gay Marriage

  • Appearing on “Larry King Live,” former First Lady Laura Bush — who is promoting her memoir — confirmed that she is both pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. Awesome!
  • Is “Emma the Amish Model,” who appeared on “Howard Stern” this week, captivated the internet simply because of her extreme “good girl gone bad” story? [Broadsheet]
  • New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has forced American Eagle Outfitters to change their employee rules, including one rule which banned cross-dressing. This decision came after a trangender rights group complained that the brand has shown a pattern of discriminatory behavior and attitudes toward transgender employees and applicants. [NY Daily News]

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Today’s Lady News: UVA Warns Against Attacks By Strangers & Crystal Renn Walks For Chanel

  • Yeardley Love, the UVA lacrosse player found dead in her apartment over a week ago, was laid to rest this weekend. Her on-again/off-again boyfriend, George Huguely, was arrested and charged with first degree murder. While he has not been convicted — though his lawyer has already said that Love’s death was “an accident,” which does imply Huguely played a role — all evidence points to the fact that Love was killed by someone she knew. So why, wonders The Sexist, is UVA responding to this tragedy by warning students against crimes committed by strangers? [The Sexist]
  • The 16-year-old who brought rape charges against former football star Lawrence Taylor says that she’s a huge Giants fan, but didn’t recognize the former player. Also, she’s “conflicted” about what she wants to see happen to him, because “after all, he’s in the Hall of Fame and he won two Super Bowls.” My head is in my hands, people. [NY Daily News]
  • Plus-size model Crystal Renn is supposedly walking in Chanel’s 2011 Resort runway show tomorrow in Cannes, even though head designer Karl Lagerfeld quite recently said “no one wants to see curvy women.” Lagerfeld appears to be eating something — his words. [Fashionologie]

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Today’s Lady News: Betty White Celebrates Her “SNL” Triumph & Danny Dyer Gets Fired

  • After hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, Betty White went out and partied with the cast until 3 a.m. She cannot possibly get any cooler. Can she? [Life & Style]
  • A quote in this article about feminism — called “Are You A Faminist?” — refers to the birth control pill and abortion as “selfish and self-advancing,” while the article says that modern women are more about “the fam” then “the fem,” as if the two are mutually exclusive and OMG STFU, this article is stupid. [NY Observer]
  • Much to the disappointment of women’s groups, Michigan Democrat Connie Saltonstall ended her campaign to replace retiring Representative Bart Stupak after her party rallied around another candidate, Gary McDowell, who shares Stupak’s antiabortion stance. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: UVA Lacrosse Player Huguely Was Aggressive In The Past, Witnesses Say

  • UVA lacrosse player George Huguely, who is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, fellow UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love, got physically aggressive with her at a party two months ago, according to two people with knowledge of the incident. Two current and one former Unversity of North Carolina lax players allegedly separated Huguely from Love during the dispute. A member of Love’s family, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also said Love once portrayed Huguely as “aggressive” when asked about him. [Washington Post]
  • A California judge has granted Chaz (née Chastity) Bono‘s petition for a gender and name change, according to the Transgender Law Center. Bono, the child of Cher and Sonny Bono, began his sex change last year. [People]
  • Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, has penned an op-ed arguing the world needs to help the developing world lower the maternal mortality rate. “In the rich world, when a mother dies giving birth, we assume that something went wrong,” he wrote. “For women in the developing world, by contrast, dying in childbirth is simply a fact of life.” [San Jose Mercury News]

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Today’s Lady News: U.S. Not The Best Place In The World For Mothers, Says Study

  • The United States is the 28th best place in the world for mothers and their children, according to Save The Children’s annual report, given our inconsistencies on maternity leave, restrictions on birth control, and maternal mortality rate. Norway, where maternity leave is mandated and birth control is easy to access, clocks in at number one on the Mothers Index, followed by Australia, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The worst offenders on the Mothers Index include Afghanistan, Yemen and Sudan. [USA Today]
  • Sunshine State News video caught Florida State Senator Mike Bennett looking at pornographic photos during a debate on an abortion bill. Sen. Bennett said he was “bored as they were debating the abortion bill,” but said he “clicked away from it right away.” I’m sorry, but a white male politician looking at porn while abortion rights are being debated is just the biggest cliche ever. [My Fox DC]
  • Paris has decided to lift a 1799 rule that forbade women from wearing “trousers” and made any woman who wished to “dress like a man” seek permission from the city’s police station. The French have tried to repeal the bill numerous times, to no avail, but recently 10 MPs submitted a draft bill to remove the no-women-in-pants law entirely. [Telegraph UK]

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