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Today’s Lady News: Susan G. Komen Cancer Charity Halts Grants To Planned Parenthood

  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the charity synonymous with breast cancer research, has halted grants to Planned Parenthood — seemingly caving to pressure from anti-abortion activists who have the nationwide clinics under investigation. Susan G. Komen grants mainly were used for breast exams (and other breast health services) for women who otherwise could not afford them. But anti-abortion groups have targeted those charitable donations because some Planned Parenthood clinics also perform abortions. A CEO of a Planned Parenthood in Virginia, which received a 2010 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, told the AP, “We’re kind of reeling … cancer doesn’t care if you’re pro-choice, anti-choice, progressive, conservative.” [Washington Post]
  • Meet Ava Duvernay, the first black woman to win the best director prize at Sundance for her film “Middle of Nowhere.” [ColorLines]
  • Ladybloggers: we have oh-so-many feelings. [n+1]
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Today’s Lady News: Three Canadians Convicted Of So-Called “Honor Killings”

  • Three Afghan-Canadians have been convicted of murdering three teenaged girls and their dad’s first wife in so-called “honor killings.” Two of the daughters were reportedly killed because they wanted boyfriends against their fathers’ wishes; the father also said his daughters dressed in Western clothes. The eldest daughter at one point left home to live in a shelter because of abuse at home, which is reportedly when their father, brother and mother decided to kill the four women. What a terribly sad story. I am heartened, at least, to see the killers punished. [BBC]
  • GOP presidential wannabe Mitt Romney has trashed President Obama’s recent decision requiring religiously affiliated employers to offer birth control coverage in their health plans — despite the fact he made a similar decision himself as governor of Massachusetts. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: British Plastic Surgeons Say Advertising Their Procedures Should Be Banned

  • The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, a society of plastic surgeons, says what they perform are medical procedures and the procedures should not be advertised the same way clothing or cosmetics are. BAAPS also asked that annual checks be carried out on surgeons. The group said it is concerned by the increasing attitude that just anyone can perform plastic surgery, even people without a license, and believe that advertising and makeover TV shows are only furthering that reputation. Interesting. [BBC
  • Chart time! Abortion rates are lower in areas of the world where abortion laws are more liberal, according to the medical journal The Lancet. [Ms. Magazine]
  • A judge tried to force sterilization and an abortion on a schizophrenic woman in Massachusetts. [Boston Globe]
  • Jezebel founder Anna Holmes has a great op-ed in the Washington Post about how female anger is dismissed. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: NYPD Commissioner’s Son Greg Kelly Accused Of Sexual Assault

  • Greg Kelly, the host of “Good Day New York,” a morning news show in New York City, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in October. Kelly is the son of New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly. [Huffington Post]
  • After President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, YourTango spoke with a sex trafficking victim who was drugged, beaten and forced to film porn against her will. [YourTango]
  • The brilliant E.J. Graff on Cynthia Nixon’s claim that she chose to be gay after years of heterosexual relationships and the “masculinity patrol.” [American Prospect]
  • Meanwhile, GOP presidential wannabe Sen. Rick Santorum says homosexuality is “not healthy” for society. Being a bigot apparently still is. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gabby Giffords Resigns From Congress

  • One year following a gunshot wound to the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) formally resigned from Congress today. Her friend Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tearfully read a letter aloud to their legislator peers in which Giffords vowed to come back after her recuperation. It looks like there wasn’t a dry eye in the House. (And it wouldn’t be a tearjerker moment without House Speaker John Boehner crying, too.) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of Giffords, “She has brought the word ‘dignity’ to new heights by her courage.” [CNN, Politico]
  • No fetus-eating for you! An Oklahoma legislator has introduced a bill to the state senate to ban the consumption of human fetuses. You know what they say: first abortion is legal, then the feminists are eating babies. [Jezebel]
  • Navy SEALs rescued aid worker Jessica Buchanan, 32, yesterday, who was kidnapped on October 25 at a refugee camp in Somalia where she worked as a Christian aid worker. Jessica’s Danish colleague Poul Hagen Thisted was also rescued during the raid. [Newser]
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Today’s Lady News: Abortion Is Safer Than Giving Birth, Says Study

  • Abortion is safer for American women than giving birth, according to a new study published yesterday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. A woman is about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth than from complications involving an abortion. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, anti-abortion protesters who claim all abortions are unilaterally dangerous for women. (Of course, we are talking about legal abortions here.) [Reuters]
  • Women were only five percent — I repeat, only five percent — of directors in the top 250 grossing films of 2011, according to a study released today from San Diego State University. Overall, women comprised 18 percent (less than one-fifth) of directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors on such films. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, won’t allow an LGBT club called Reach OUT to exist on campus because the club does not honor “the biblical conviction that sexual activity should be reserved for a husband-wife relationship,” according to the school newspaper. [LA Weekly] Keep reading »
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