“I would make abortion illegal after 12 weeks.”
“Yeah? Well, I would make it illegal even in cases of rape and incest.”
“Well, I would use deadly force to stop a woman from having an abortion.”
Wait, what? Yes, this is a thing a dude actually said. Keep reading »
When the women of the small African country of Togo want something, they truly take one for the team: in order to urge the president of Togo to resign, the women are holding a sex strike. A civil rights group called Let’s Save Togo is encouraging women to withhold sex from their husbands for one week in hopes it will push men to oust the current president. (At least one man already has suggested a shorter time period — two days — instead.) I confess to not understanding much about the culture of Togo but it seems that even withholding sex as part of a political protest might not be easy for wives: One woman told the AP it will be “easy for me to observe it” but she is “not sure” her husband would “accept” the strike; another woman told the AP that “I know my husband will not let me complete it … He likes that too much.” Sex strikes have had successes before, however: The leader of the women’s wing of Let’s Save Togo said the group is taking their cue from Liberian women, whose 2003 sex strike helped bring peace to the country. And of course there is the famous Greek play “Lysistrata.” Good luck, ladies. [San Francisco State]
Wait. What? I must be reading this wrong. The “Women’s Health and Safety Act,” signed into law yesterday by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and referred to by some as “the egg drop bill,” defines pregnancy as beginning two weeks before conception, as it calculates the gestational age starting with the first day of the last menstrual period. The goal of this extreme law, of course, is to reduce the legal window of when a woman may have an abortion. Keep reading »
Disturbing news out of Illinois today: a teenage girl from Missouri escaped from a home in which she had been held captive for the past two years.
The young woman, who was 15 when she went missing, said she had been sexually assaulted and beaten almost daily by an older man. She became pregnant by her rapist and gave birth to a two-year-old child. Keep reading »
Jessica has the day off, so Today’s Lady News is an abbreviated version. She’ll be back tomorrow!
- Ann Coulter was not happy with Todd Akin’s comments this week, calling him a “selfish swide.” [Huffington Post]
- A study suggests that menopause in humans evolved to decrease the competition between generations of reproducing women in one family. [Huffington Post]
- Men are now entering “pink collar,” or female-dominated, jobs during the recession. [NY Times]
- Romney should have picked a female running mate, according to a study. [Jezebel]
- A Denver reporter was told that she was not allowed to ask Mitt Romney about abortion or Rep. Todd Akin. [Huffington Post]
- Forbes has released its list of the 100 most powerful women of 2012. [Forbes]
Yesterday, delegates to the Republican National Convention met yesterday in Tampa, Florida, to finalize the party’s platform on various controversial issues, including abortion, with the youngest member of the platform committee, Jackie Curtiss, 22, having the most to say.
Staunchly anti-abortion, Curtiss objected to an amendment to the platform banning medication “that terminates human life after conception.” The amendment aims to outlaw “abortion pills,” as they are sometimes called, which could, Curtiss worried, potentially include the “morning after pill.” Curtiss emphasized that platform needed to make it clear that the Republican party is welcoming to women, and that such extreme positions could be alienating. Curtiss was also the only person in attendance who referred to Rep. Todd Akin by name, despite the ongoing media attention devoted to his ignorant comments about “forcible rape” and incidences of pregnancy. Keep reading »
New research has found that married women are drinking more than married men after tying the knot. Presented at the American Sociological Association meeting in Denver, the findings were derived from one long-term survey that provided information on more than 5,000 Wisconsin residents’ alcohol habits, gathered four times during a 47-year period. The research suggested that while men drink more than women overall, women’s “increased drinking after marriage might be an attempt to match their husband’s habits.” Interestingly, the study found all that changes if you get divorced: suddenly-single men drink far more alcohol than married men, while divorced women drank less than married women. They’re relieved, I guess!
No need to turn your attention to single 20-something ladies, researchers. Nothing to see here! [NY Daily News]