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Air Force Mamas Photographed Breastfeeding In Uniform Called A “Disgrace”

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  • Apparently some people are pissed off about a photograph of two Air Force servicewomen, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna, breastfeeding their children in uniform, calling it a “disgrace.” What, soldiers aren’t supposed to have boobs (or babies)? Soldiers aren’t supposed to appear nurturing? Echegoyen-McCabe told MSNBC, “There isn’t a policy saying we can or cannot breast-feed in uniform. I think it’s something that every military mom who is breast-feeding has done.” The Air Force said it has no policy against breastfeeding in uniform, but released a statement urging “airmen” to project a “professional image at all times while in uniform.” Frankly, I think these photos are extremely cool! [MSNBC] [Photos by Brynja Sigurdardottir]
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America has officially endorsed President Obama for reelection, calling Mitt Romney “wrong for women.” [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »

Nuns Reprimanded By Vatican For “Radical Feminism”

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  • Leaders from a group representing the majority of U.S. Catholic nuns will meet with the Vatican this week to discuss a concern that nuns are enveloped with “radical feminist themes.” [CNN]
  • A women’s health clinic in New Orleans was destroyed last week by an arsonist. Women With a Vision offers HIV testing and assists many low-income women, women of color, and sex workers. Last week, two abortion clinics in Georgia were both set on fire. The FBI is investigating those Georgia fires as possible anti-abortion clinic violence. [Think Progress]
  • A justice system watchdog group released a report last week that says inmates at Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for Women have been victims of “frequent and severe” sexual abuse and sexual harassment by male guards. [blog.AL.com] Keep reading »

Female Pilot Tosses Passenger Off Plane For Sexist Comments

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  • A female pilot in Brazil tossed a passenger off her flight because he was making sexist comments about women’s ability to fly airplanes. As much as I understand her desire to kick him off, I wish she’d kept his bigoted ass on that flight and shown him how well she could fly a plane. Everyone is getting way too nuts on airplanes lately. [Feministing]
  • Five things to know about the Paycheck Fairness Act, which got a renewed push this week. [Think Progress]
  • Let’s check in on Navy women who serve on submarines two years after the decision to allow them. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Army Women Sue For Frontline Combat Roles

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  • Two female Army reservists are suing the government to overturn the ban on women in front-line combat roles. The women have pointed out that the ban will restrict their careers and affect future earnings, promotion, advancement and retirement benefits. Elsewhere in the military, the Pentagon has changed policies to open up 14,000 additional positions to women. [San Francisco Gate]
  • Also, a defense authorization bill proposed in the Senate today would authorize women for frontline combat positions. The proposal was offered by Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY). [Huffington Post]
  • Senator Barbara Mikulski is pushing an expansion of the 1962 Equal Pay Act, which limits circumstances in which men and women could be paid differently. The bill would also allow employees to sue employers if they can prove they were unfairly treated. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Can People Please Stop Saying Abortion Causes Breast Cancer?

  • Abortion does not cause breast cancer.  The American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all agree on this point. You can read about it here. But that hasn’t stopped anti-abortion activists from touting a non-existant breast cancer/abortion link to try to scare women away from terminating unwanted pregnancies. In fact, Kansas and New Hampshire have both recently seen bills that would require doctors to tell women about the “link.” WTF, people?! [Slate]
  • Sixty-four allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against Secret Service agents in the past five years, a Congressional panel heard today. Most of the incidents involved emails, but one involved sexual assault. [BBC]
  • A New Jersey memorial remembering Korean “comfort women” — i.e. women and girls held as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II — has become a point of contention for locals. [NJ.com Keep reading »

Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

  • Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama’s plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however, the people filing the lawsuit claim their religious liberty is under attack. Additionally, two Catholic universities recently dropped their student health plans entirely rather than deal with the compromise.  [New York Times]
  • North Carolina pastor Charles L. Worley was videotaped saying that lesbians and gays should be put behind an electrocuted fence and left to die off. “Build a great, big, large fence — 150- or 100-mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” he said. “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out … and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out … do you know why? They can’t reproduce!” How grossly inhumane. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
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