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Today’s Lady News: UK Politicians Support Girls-Only Abstinence Education

  • Politicians in the UK advanced a bill that would require British girls — yes, only the girls — to receive additional sex education that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence. This sex ed “program,” if you could even call it that, is aimed at girls ages 13 to 16. It narrowly passed, but fortunately it’s not expected to be made into law. Um, will someone tell the Brits that abstinence-only education is not working out too well for us? Do they have “16 & Pregnant” on MTV over there? [Guardian UK]
  • North Carolina’s House judiciary committee debated a bill yesterday that would further restrict reproductive rights in the state by requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion and requiring doctors to describe an ultrasound of the fetus to the woman. [ABC News]
  • Legislation that would make it more difficult for young women to obtain abortions without their parents knowledge is headed to Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it. [Palm Beach Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Tweets To Obama “No Pussyfooting” On Osama Bin Laden Pic

  • Sarah Palin weighed in on the Osama bin Laden death photo debate on Twitter — because we all care what the former governor of Alaska thinks about it!!! — to tell President Obama, “Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it’s part of the mission.” Translation: This was probably the only way Sarah could use the word “pussy” in reference to Obama in a tweet and not get in trouble. [BuzzFeed]
  • An Iowa bill that will ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — which is when anti-abortion activists say a fetus can feel pain — was basically dead inside a state legislature committee, but a group of politicians used a loophole to send it to the Iowa Senate. The bill may be up for a vote as soon as next week. [Des Moines Register]
  • Twenty years after she was raped at a college party, Liz Seccuro received an apology letter from her rapist. [Guardian UK]

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Today’s Lady News: Who Gets Abortions In The U.S.?

  • Who gets abortions in the U.S.? The Guttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan reproductive health organization, sought to profile the women who get abortions in this graphically-curious video released on April 28. Most women who are get abortions are in their 20s. Six out of 10 women who terminate a pregnancy already have kids and many have two or more kids. Needing to care for their existing children is often a primary reason for why women who already have kids choose to end a pregnancy. Three out of four women who have abortions describe themselves as religiously affiliated and Catholic women have abortions at approximately the same rate as women overall. In 2008, four out of 10 women who had abortions lived below the federal poverty line. White women account for 36 percent of abortions, followed by black women at 30 percent and Latinas at 25 percent. [YouTube]
  • A Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the team for refusing to cheer for her alleged rapist was denied a U.S. Supreme court review yesterday. Months ago, a federal appeals court said the young woman, known only as H.S., was cheering for her school and not for herself and therefore was obliged to follow the dictates of the team. H.S. claims she was raped in 2008 by Rakheem Bolton, a member of the football team, at a party. Bolton plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2010. Blech, what a gross story. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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Today’s Lady News: Girl Scouts Help Develop A Prosthetic Hand For 3-Year-Old Girl

  • A Girl Scout troop in Iowa, who calls themselves the Flying Monkeys, helped develop a prosthetic hand for a disabled three-year-old girl named Danielle. Geez, I wonder what kind of badge they earned for that! [The Mary Sue]
  • A straight Republican by the name of Madeleine Koch, age 24, spoke out on against Minnesota’s impending gay marriage ban in this touching video. [Buzzfeed]
  • Osama bin Laden hid behind women — i.e. a female body shield — in the firefight that eventually took his life because he’s classy like that. Really, why not newborn babies? [Reuters]

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Today’s Lady News: Kate Middleton Removed “Obey” From Her Vows

We’ve got a quickie Today’s Lady News column today because Amelia and I were up at — yaaaawn — 4:45 a.m. liveblogging the royal wedding and we’re both pooped. Feel free to include your own news articles and blog posts for Today’s Lady News in the comments!

  • Kate Middleton removed the word “obey” from her marriage vows today. Feministing’s Samhita Mukhopadhyay explains why — surprise! — that doesn’t really matter. [Guardian UK]
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has included gender identity and pregnancy as protections under the department’s “equal opportunity” policy. [Pams House Blend]
  • Are black women actually more likely than white women to be bulimics — despite the stereotypes of what we think a bulimic “looks like”? [The Root]
  • Women would be held in handcuffs or otherwise restrained while giving birth in prison or jail, the Florida’s state Senate has decided. Jailed women can only be physically restrained if they pose a security risk. [Miami Herald]
  • Women filmmakers and screenwriters took home big prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival! [Indie Wire]

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Today’s Lady News: Indiana Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

  • Indiana’s state legislature voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood from roughly $3 million in family planning money. The state receives the funding from Title X, which allocates federal funds to family planning clinics, and uses it in eight of Indiana’s 28 Planned Parenthoods in the state. Conservatives are upset that Planned Parenthood clinics get federal money and provide abortions, even though they are barred by Title X from spending the federal money on abortions. Governor Mitch Daniels now has one week to either veto the legislation or sign it into law. I hope he thinks of the low-income women who would be most impacted by this legislation and does the right thing. [Politico]
  • The Washington Redskins’ Albert Haynesworth was offered a plea deal in a sexual abuse case where he allegedly slid his credit card into the bra of a waitress at the W Hotel in Washington and then touched her boob. When security confronted him, he reportedly said, “I didn’t touch her … [I don't] even like black girls.” When Haynesworth was interviewed by police, according to court documents, he said, “I know what this is about, she is just upset I have a white girlfriend. I couldn’t tell you the last time I dated a black girl. She was trying to get with me.” Haynesworth’s lawyer said the football player will continue fighting the charge. Oh, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy. (Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [ESPN]
  • Women now earn more advanced degrees than men do, according to new U.S. Census data released on Tuesday. We’ve been earning more college degrees than men since the ’80s — woot woot! In addition to women outpacing men in master’s degrees or higher, the number of stay-at-home dads is also on the rise. [MSNBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Kansas Wants To Defund Planned Parenthood

  • Kansas’ proposed state budget aims to remove $300K in federal funding away from family planning services at Planned Parenthood and redirect them to clinics elsewhere — all because Planned Parenthood clinics provide abortions. Planned Parenthood also provides Pap smears, contraceptives, STD testing, and other medical services for women — Low-income women would be most impacted by the cut in federal funding. This nonsense has to stop, people. For real. [Kansas.com]
  • What bearing do decades old articles about romantic woes from Ebony magazine, a lifestyle mag targeted towards black women, reveal about black women’s lives today? [Clutch Magazine]
  • “So simple even your wife can turn on the DVD.” Yes, that’s a real advertisement for electronics store AudioOne! Classy. [Ms. Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Pat Robertson Says Women Have Abortions To Be More Like Lesbians

  • Pat Robertson said liberal women like to “abort their babies” so they can be on “a level playing field” with “lesbians.” That’s an actual quote from his show, “The 700 Club,” people. Does that even make sense? What kind of playing field are we talking about here? Is softball on a field? Also, in Pat Robertson’s sperm bank-less universe lesbians cannot have children. Sigh. Old White Men Who Don’t Get It are the gift that keeps on giving. [Gawker]
  • A Louisiana state rep has proposed a bill that would criminalize all abortions in the state as “feticide” or murder, including abortions in the case of rape, incest or to save the health or life of the mother. This is grim, people. [Mother Jones]
  • Katie Couric officially announced today that she will leave her anchor chair at “CBS Evening News.” Couric was the first-ever woman to anchor a nightly news broadcast solo. [MSNBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Readers’ Submission Edition

Hey there, Frisky readers! A few weeks ago, when I took the day off of work, I asked readers to post their own news article and blog post links in the comments for a Today’s Lady News column, readers’ submission edition. I was so impressed by all the smartypants readers we’ve got out there that I want to do it again (and occasionally in the future, too!). The rules are the same: 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.

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Today’s Lady News: Oklahoma’s Governor Signs Two Anti-Abortion Bills

  • Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, has signed two bills that will restrict abortion rights even further. One bans abortions after 20 week of pregnancy, based on the (false) claim touted by anti-abortion activists that 20 weeks is the point after which a fetus can feel pain. That bill makes an exemption if the mother’s life is at risk or if a major bodily organ would be impaired by the pregnancy. The second bill that Fallin signed would forbid insurance plans in OK to cover elective abortions under Obama’s new health care reform law. [Salon.com]
  • TIME magazine profiled 34 women in its 2011 “TIME 100″ spread of the world’s most influential people. (Last year the mag profiled 31 women). I’m particularly taken with this piece on Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, written up by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). [TIME]

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