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Today’s Lady News: Virginia’s Abortion Clinics Are Totally Screwed

Ohio Passes "Heartbeat Bill"
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Ohio passes "Heartbeat Bill" to criminalize abortion at 6 or 7 weeks. Read More »
  • Virginia’s governor has signed into law a bill which requires abortion clinics meet the same regulations as hospitals — despite the fact they offer different types of services. Abortion rights supporters say the bill is an attempt to thwart women’s access to abortion. Seventeen of the state’s 21 clinics may need to shut down before they are up to par with the hospital-like regulations now required. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Journalists covering the Walmart sexual discrimination lawsuit say justices don’t seem supportive of the class-action lawsuit filed by former female employees. Oh, joy. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Mexico provided its state employees a 92-page manual on how to avoid sexist language in the workplace, such as asking women, “If you want to work, why did you have children?” or saying “You’re prettier when you keep quiet.” Um, can we get one of those over here? [Daily Mail UK]

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Today’s Lady News: Remembering Geraldine Ferraro, Catholic Abortion Rights Supporter

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  • Geraldine Ferraro, who died this weekend, made headlines as the first-ever woman to be nominated for vice president by a mainstream political party. But Geraldine Ferraro should also be remembered for being a practicing Catholic who also supported keeping abortion legal. [AlterNet]
  • Saudi women will not be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia’s municipal elections being held in September. [Reuters]
  • A 33-year-old female airline passenger claims she was stopped at LaGuardia Airport last week after she cleared security and was allegedly subjected to a full-body patdown by a female TSA agent, including on her breasts, thighs and crotch. The TSA says they are looking into the incident. [Gothamist]

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Today’s Lady News: Beauty Queen Fired For Eating Too Many Tacos Is Reinstated

Beauty Queens In Handcuffs
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Czech beauty queens in trouble after sexy handcuff photos surface. Read More »
  • San Antonio beauty queen Domonique Ramirez — who was supposedly fired because she got “fat”from eating too many tacos — has been reinstated after a court battle. Oh, Texas. [
    • Wait. What? You mean all women are not pacifists and naturally kinder and gentler than men? [The Nation]
    • The word “curvy” is dead to her! [Black Voices]
    • Us ladies are apparently “returning to the death care industry in droves.” OK then. [Slate]

Today’s Lady News: More Sex Abuse Claims Against American Apparel’s Dov Charney

Topless American Apparel Ad
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  • Four more women have banded together for a sex abuse lawsuit against Dov Charney, the CEO of American Apparel and noted Creepy McCreeperson. One woman, a former American Apparel employee, said that Charney invited her to his place to talk about “modeling opportunities,” then tried to have sex with her and photograph it. [Styleite]
  • Uber-conservative Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee this summer, sources say. The first three Republican presidential primary debates are planned for June. [CNN]
  • Four out of five members of the punk band Screeching Weasel have quit after lead singer Ben Foster twice hit different women onstage while performing at SXSW on Friday. The other members of Screeching Weasel called Foster’s violent behavior “shameful and embarrassing.” [Rolling Stone]
  • Lots of love for Anaiah Rucker, a nine-year-old girl from Georgia who pushed her five-year-old sister out of the way from getting hit by a truck and lost her leg in the process. [The Root]

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Today’s Lady News: Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin A Vagina (Only In More Vulgar Terms)

President Palin?
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Sarah Palin thinks she can win in 2012. Is she crazy? Read More »
  • Comedian Bill Maher, who fancies himself “edgy” or something, called Sarah Palin a “dumb tw*t” on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Because, you know, he’s edgy! The National Organization for Women swiftly responded with a rolling-their-eyes statement. “Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don’t like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs,” said Lisa Bennett, NOW’s communications director, in a statement. “If you think someone’s an idiot or a danger to the country, feel free to say so, but try to keep their sex out of it. Sexist insults have an impact on all women.” [Examiner]
  • Breestfeeding women are perceived as less competent, according to a study out of Oxford University. Oh, joy, more bias against mothers! But what about breestfeeding four-year-old girls? [Miller-McCune]
  • Three transgender people have filed a lawsuit against the City of New York and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene claiming that the requirement that they undergo several sex change surgeries before they can legally change their gender on their birth certificate is prohibitive. (Some transgender people, for example, take hormone therapy but cannot afford/choose not to have the actual sex change surgery performed.) [Raw Story]

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Today’s Lady News: Defunding Planned Parenthood “Goes Too Far,” Says Sane, Reasonable Politician

US Gov't Vs. Planned Parenthood
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Seven things to know about the government shutdown of Planned Parenthood. Read More »
  • Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) released a statement disagreeing with the House Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood because the clinics provide abortion, saying that eliminating all funding for family planning services “goes too far.” Stop making me like you, Scott Brown! [Boston.com]
  • Women hold less than one-third of decision-making positions in the media, according to a new survey by the International Women’s Media Foundation, an advocacy group. The IWMF looked at 522 print, broadcast and radio institutions and found that women held 39 percent of managerial positions, 27 percent of leading managerial roles (like CEO) and 26 percent of governing board roles. [Bloomberg]
  • Soul and disco singer Loleatta Holloway died yesterday at age 64. Loleatta’s hit song, “Love Sensation,” came out in 1980. [Spinner]

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Today’s Lady News: Pregnant Woman Who Attempted Suicide Charged With Murder

Women Misled About Abortion
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San Fransisco smacked CPCs for misleading women about abortion. Read More »
  • Bei Bei Shuai of Indiana attempted suicide in December and lived. But Bei Bei was pregnant when she ingested rat poison while attempting to end her life. Her baby was born alive, but taken off life support after birth. Now Bei Bei is being charged with feticide because her suicide attempt may have contributed to the baby’s death. What a sticky wicket this one will be. [Care2.com]
  • Six former and current female employees have filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, claiming the workplace was hostile to working mothers. The lawsuit claims managers made negative comments about women taking pregnancy leaves and one even said publicly that he needed to stop hiring women of childbearing age. [NorthJersey.com]
  • Are rich, white, gay couples considered more “acceptable” than poor, single moms — especially of color? [ColorLines]

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Today’s Lady News: “Unfollow Charlie” Sheen Tees Will Raise Money For RAINN

Why Domestic Violence Victims Stay
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Should we ask victims of domestic violence why they stay? Read More »
  • Courtesy of women’s rights activists, “Unfollow Charlie” tees are for sale on Zazzle.com — in reference to actor/domestic abuser Charlie Sheen’s Twitter — and proceeds will go to the Rape, Abuse Incest National Network. I love it! [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • The New York Times turns a keen, lustful journalistic eye to the “lesbian until graduation” college girl phenomenon. [NY Times]
  • Why aren’t there more female airline pilots? Because they’ll get their period and crash the plane, duh. [CNN]
  • Ever wondered if it was an insult when someone called you a “breeder”? (It is.) Check out this official lesbian dictionary of “lezicon” from the chicks at After Ellen and tonight you can go call someone a “beersexual”! [After Ellen]

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

Women Misled About Abortion
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San Fransisco smacked CPCs for misleading women about abortion. Read More »
  • Idaho’s state senate committee advanced a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Anti-abortion foes claim that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks gestation, although that is disputed by medical professionals. [MSN]
  • Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denies prosecutors’ claims that he paid for sex with 33 prostitutes over the course of two months, saying “33 girls in two months seems like too much even for a 30-year-old.” Heh. [New York Times]
  • NASA’s launched a web site to honor women’s contributions to space exploration. [Space.com]

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Today’s Lady News: America Supports Women In Combat

Why Hillary Isn't President
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Gloria Steinem isn't surprised that Hillary Clinton is not our president. Read More »
  • Seven out of 10 Americans support allowing military women in combat roles, according to a new poll by The Washington Post and ABC News. The Pentagon is expected to remove a ban on women in combat roles. [Washington Post]
  • Planned Parenthood will file a lawsuit if South Dakota’s governor signs a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to wait 72 hours and first get “counseling” at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center.” [Ms. Magazine]
  • Wired, a technology magazine, has finally put a woman in technology (Limor Fried) on the cover instead of a starlet or just a woman’s boobs. [The Mary Sue]

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