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Today’s Lady News: Judge Blocks Mental Health Screening For Abortion Law

  • A federal judge has blocked a new Nebraska law that would require a mental health screening for a woman who is seeking an abortion. [Journal Star]
  • Ex-Miss America 2008 Kristen Haglund is speaking out about her battle with an eating disorder. Her non-profit, The Kristen Haglund Foundation, provides financial aid for those seeking treatment. [ABC15.com]
  • This week the Department of Veterans Affairs relaxed the proof veterans must provide to receive benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder — but sexual assault was left out entirely. [ColorLines]

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Today’s Lady News: Police Cover Up Naked Female Mannequin In Department Store Window

  • A naked mannequin — female, natch — in Beatrice, Nebraska, caused such a stir that police have taped paper over department store windows while they investigate whether it’s “obscene.” Meanwhile, the store is threatening to sue the police for trespassing, destruction of property, and littering. [Styleite.com]
  • The lower house of the French Parliament has approved a ban on women wearing face-covering Muslim veils in public. It will head to the French Senate in September, although legal scholars say it may be unconstitutional if it passes. Critics say the ban is anti-Islamic, but supporters say it is oppressive for a woman to wear a niqub or burqa in public. [AP]
  • A federal court in San Francisco will take up a Guatemalan woman’s asylum claim on account of the high murder rate for women in Lesly Yajayra Perdomo’s home country. The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC-SF said over 3,800 women have been murdered in Guatemala and less than two percent of those murders have been solved. The court also required that the Board of Immigration decide whether all women who hail from countries with high rates of gender abuse could qualify for asylum. [AP]
  • NFL star Lawrence Taylor has plead not guilty to charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl who was working as a prostitute. [Los Angeles Times]

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Today’s Lady News: “Friday Night Lights” Teen Character Chooses An Abortion

  • Wow, so “Friday Night Lights” did have an abortion on the show. After getting pregnant by one of the boys on the football team, 10th grader Becky decided to terminate the pregnancy. That makes Becky one of the few female TV characters to actually go through with an abortion instead of accidentally miscarrying at the last second. [New York Times, Feministing]
  • Sarah Palin endorsed Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, calling her “a great commonsense conservative woman.” [AP]
  • Forever 21 is launching a new maternity line, love21maternity, in Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, and Texas. The last three states just happen to have some of the highest percentages of teen pregnancy in the country. Maybe that’s just a coincidence, though? [TheGloss.com]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is writing a memoir! [New York Observer]

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Today’s Lady News: Will There Be An Abortion On “Friday Night Lights”?

  • Last week on “Friday Night Lights,” 15-year-old Becky discovered she was pregnant and considered having an abortion. If she goes through with it in the episode airing tonight, “Friday Night Lights” would be one of the few shows to not pull the “Whoops, she fell down the stairs and miscarried!” card. I’ve never seen “Friday Night Lights,” but I’m curious. So, Frisky readers, tell me what happens tonight in the comments! [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Yesterday, a judge in Massachusetts ruled that the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. The judge declared gays and lesbians whose marriages are recognized by their individual states should have access to the same federal benefits as married straight couples. [Newsweek]
  • Stressed out? A mall in Shenyang, China, has a women-only “frustrating venting” store where ladies smash TVs and other appliances with baseball bats. [The Gloss]

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Today’s Lady News: Crystal Renn’s Agent Assures Everyone She’s Still A Size 10

  • A couple of blogs — including us — noticed that supermodel Crystal Renn, who is fuller-figured and vocal about promoting healthier body images, looks much skinnier in recent pics. But Renn’s agent at Ford models, Gary Dakin, confirmed Renn is a size 10 and is not trying to lose weight. It’s kinda weird that the poor girl’s agent has to talk to the press about what size she is! [Fashionista]
  • Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle believes abortion should be illegal in cases of rape and incest. In a long interview about her views, she described a young girl she knows who was the victim of rape by her father, who was then adopted by new parents. “And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade,” Angle says. [The Huffington Post]
  • Louisiana Senator David Vitter has finally responded to why he let an employee stay on staff for two years after he allegedly beat his girlfriend. So if Brent Furer allegedly beat his girlfriend, why was he assigned to work on women’s issues? He wasn’t, says Vitter. Brent Furer only worked on abortion issues, not women’s issues. Ah, OK. [YouTube]

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  • Iran has halted a Sakineh Mahadmmadi Ashtiani’s death by stoning for adultery after it faced worldwide criticism. Lindsay Lohan, however, is still going to jail. [Guardian UK]
  • Louisiana Senator David Vitter has finally responded to why he let an employee stay on staff for two years after he allegedly beat his girlfriend. So if Brent Furer allegedly beat his girlfriend, why was he assigned to work women’s issues? He wasn’t, says Vitter. Brent Furer only worked on abortion issues, not women’s issues. Ah, OK. [YouTube]
  • “The only person who’s actually been doing anything for the battle against teen pregnancy is Levi Johnston. Don’t have unprotected sex with your boyfriend, girls. Look what he might turn into.” Gail Collins, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, you are brilliant. [NYT]

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Today’s Lady News: “Today” Will Not Be Throwing A Gay Wedding

  • Lesbian and gay couples are urging NBC to open “The Today Show”‘s wedding contest to them, too. The network has said it won’t do so because New York state, where the show is filmed, doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Gay rights advocates say that excuse doesn’t hold water because NY actually recognizes marriage licenses from other states, so a ceremony could, in fact, be performed on the show. [TheWrap.com]
  • Louisiana Senator David Vitter said it’s “old news” that his former staffer, Brent Furer, allegedly held a woman at knife point and threatened to kill her. The incident occurred in 2008 and Furer resigned last month after an ABC News report on the incident; Vitter had repeatedly refused to answer questions about why he kept Furer on staff all that time. [ABC News]
  • More crap news from the wage gap trenches: German women expect to earn a lower salary than their male counterparts because men are considered to be the breadwinners. A recent study found German women earn 20 percent less than men, one of the highest gender gaps in the European Union, and researchers theorize they accept the unequal pay as a part of their culture. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Turns Out You Can’t Fire Someone For Getting A Sex Change

  • A judge has ruled on behalf of a transgendered woman who claims she was fired when she told her employer she would soon be coming to work dressed as a woman. When Vandy Beth Glenn, a former Georgia state legislative aide, told her employer she would soon be undergoing a sex change, her boss claimed she would make her colleagues feel uncomfortable and the sex change itself was “immoral.” [AP]
  • Feministing co-founder Jessica Valenti is six months pregnant and she has a request: stop touching her belly without asking first. “You wouldn’t touch a non-pregnant person’s belly without asking,” she writes, “so what makes you think it’s okay to just lay hands on mine?” [JessicaValenti.com]
  • South African runner Caster Semenya was cleared today to compete as a woman in future races. Last year, Semenya was found to be intersex — meaning she has both male and female parts — and there was some controversy about how she should be competing. [AFP]

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Today’s Lady News: “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Staff Argues With Anti-Abortion Protestors

  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live”‘s production staff apparently got into a public argument with anti-abortion protesters demonstrating on the streets of L.A. There’s a kind of boring video of the heated encounter, although it’s NSFW due to salty language. [Media Bistro]
  • Lilith Fair, the festival for women musicians, has dropped 10 dates due to poor sales. Well, duh, because you’re charging $250 but you have “artists” like Selena Gomez performing. [Reuters]

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Today’s Lady News: Queen Latifah Says Give Chris Brown “A Second Chance”

  • Queen Latifah has spoken up to say it’s time to stop punishing Chris Brown for his assault on Rihanna last year. “The guy is a young guy and he made a big mistake and he needs to bounce back from that,” she said. “And he needs an opportunity for a second chance … We can’t condemn that kid. He’s a kid and he needs to correct the mistake for the future, not live in the past. He needs to be forgiven. Enough already. We can’t keep beating him up.” What do y’all think? [Feministing via Zap2It.com]
  • The Indiana Supreme Court is appointing its first new justice since 1999 and 19 of the 34 applicants (more than half ) are women. Yay! [Chicago Tribune]
  • Judy Blume‘s grandson, 18-year-old Eliot Blume-Pickle, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with acquaintance rape of a 17-year-old girl last week. The unfortunately named Blume-Pickle allegedly lifted the girl, carried her to a bedroom, and forced her onto a bed in a house on Martha’s Vineyard owned by Judy Blume Trustees. Police say alcohol may have been involved. [The Martha's Vineyard Times (ninth item)]

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