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Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Couple Fights St. Joseph’s University Over Valentine’s Day Contest

  • St. Joseph’s University is hosting a Valentine’s Day contest run by the alumni association asking alums to write about finding the love of their life at the school. The winners of the contest get a $100 gift certificate to their favorite restuarant. But when lesbian couple Megan Edwards and her fiancée Katie McTurk entered their love story in the How I Met My Hawk Mate contest, they were told “nope, no lesbos!” After a Facebook campaign by the couple (and a little bad media coverage!), St. Joseph’s University reversed its decision and is letting the lesbian couple compete. I’m glad the school finally did the right thing. (Thanks to reader Kiki for the link!) [Jezebel]
  • Startling fact: all seven members of Facebook’s board are white men. [Bloomberg]
  • LIVESTRONG, the cancer charity set up by Lance Armstrong, announced it will donate $100,000 to Planned Parenthood after all this Susan G. Komen for the Cure foolishness.  [MarketWatch] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Billionaire Bloomberg Will Donate Up To $250K To Planned Parenthood

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  • Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire behind Bloomberg financial services and the mayor of New York City, announced today he would donate up to $250,000 in matching gifts to Planned Parenthood to make up most of what was halted from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure grants, which stopped earlier this week. The Komen foundation said it would not be granting money, which went to breast cancer screenings, because the clinics are being investigated at the behest of an anti-abortion Republican politician. Susan G. Komen for the Cure also recently hired a VP who ran for governor of Georgia on an anti-abortion platform and was endorsed by Sarah Palin. In a statement, Mayor Bloomberg said: “Politics have no place in health care. Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care. We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.” You can donate to Planned Parenthood here. Let’s secure that $250K! [New York Times]
  • By the way, here’s what Planned Parenthood actually does all day, in one handy dandy chart. No, it’s not abortions. [Washington Post]
  • How Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s defunding of Planned Parenthood will impact poor women of color. [Colorlines]
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Today’s Lady News: 14-Year-Old Wants Gay Marriage Voted Down As A Birthday Present

  • A 14-year-old girl asked the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee  yesterday to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage for her birthday. The girl, being called “Sarah” in the press, told the committee it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.” (Fortunately, the Maryland Senate is expected to eventually approve the bill.) [Raw Story]
  • Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) has pulled her support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure after the breast cancer charity announced it will halt funding to Planned Parenthood. [Think Progress]
  • The Women’s Professional Soccer League has suspended its 2012 season to it can address financial and legal problems. [Feministing]
  • Photographer Paul Phillips in Harlem is raising Kickstarter funds for a photo essay called “Beauty In Black” to portray the beauty of black women. [Madame Noire]
  • Blogger Jennifer Armstrong has launched a blog about “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its feminist principles. Put that Nick at Nite addiction to good work, girl. [Mary Tyler Moore Show Book] Keep reading »

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 »
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