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WMC News Brief: Anti-Choice Subway Ads, WWII Aviators, India Lawmaker Quota

March 11, 2010

Ads Tell Women: "Abortion Changes You" 3/9/10 Salon: Today, the New York City subway system was hit with a series of ads from the organization Abortion Changes You. They depict either a woman saying, “I thought life would be the way it was before,” or a man saying, “I often wonder if there was something I could have done to help her." WWII Women Aviators Finally Honored With Congressional Gold Medals 3/10/10 Kansas City Star: They flew planes during World War II but weren’t considered “real” military pilots. No flags were draped over their coffins if they died on duty. These aviators — all women — got long-overdue recognition Wednesday when they received the highest civilian honor given by Congress. Uproar In India Over Female Lawmaker Quota 3/9/10 New York Times: The upper house of India’s Parliament passed a bill Tuesday that would amend the Constitution to reserve one-third of the seats in India’s national and state legislatures for women, after the measure stirred two days of political chaos. Pro-Choice Candidate Will Challenge Stupak In Primary 3/10/10 RH Reality Check: Former Michigan county commissioner Connie Saltonstall told the Detroit Free Press that she plans to run against Stupak for the Democratic nomination of Michigan’s First Congressional District, citing Stupak’s efforts to stop health care reform if he does not get his way on a full abortion ban. Laws, Lies And The Abortion Debate 3/9/10 The New York Times: It has been three years since the Supreme Court’s conservative majority abruptly departed from precedent to uphold a federal ban on a particular method of abortion. Emboldened, foes of reproductive freedom are pressing new attacks on women’s rights and health. Banning Abortion: The First Step Toward Theocracy 3/11/10 RH Reality Check: Throwing women’s rights to the wolves in order to appease people with a theocratic bent will not stop them. The encroachments on women’s rights have instead emboldened the religious right to act in a more overtly theocratic manner. Miss. Prom Canceled After Lesbian's Date Request 3/11/10 USA Today: A Mississippi county school board announced Wednesday it would cancel its upcoming prom after a gay student petitioned to bring a same-sex date to the event. Haiti's Rape Crisis 3/9/10 The Daily Beast: As Obama meets with Haiti's president, the aftershocks of the Port-au-Prince earthquake are hitting especially hard among displaced women, who face an outbreak of sexual violence. Women In Charge In West Bank's Key District 3/10/10 Associated Press: At 35, Leila Ghanem is the first woman to become a Palestinian governor, the latest in a group of trailblazing women leaders who are slowly winning acceptance in this traditional society. In Chile, Bachelet Steps Down 3/10/10 Women’s Media Center: Michelle Bachelet’s presidency comes to a tumultuous end less than two weeks after her country withstood an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. The author assesses what her term in office has meant for women in Chile and what lies ahead. China Picks Mothers For Astronaut Training 3/8/10 The Guardian: Officials concerned space flight might affect fertility of first Chinese women to go into orbit. EU Extends Childhood Leave For Parents 3/8/10 Business Week: A period of leave for parents intended to help keep them in the workforce was extended from three to four months by the European Union on Monday. Panel Urges More Choice In Birth After C-Section 3/11/10 Los Angeles Times: A National Institutes of Health panel says vaginal birth after caesarean is reasonably safe and should be more widely available. Many hospitals ban the practice as a matter of policy or liability. After Cancer, Removing A Healthy Breast 3/8/10 New York Times: A growing number of women with breast cancer are pushing surgeons in a startling new direction. Not only do they want the cancerous breast removed, but they also want the healthy breast cut off. Why The Hurt Locker Deserved To Win 3/11/10 The Guardian: In Will James, the film's hero, Kathryn Bigelow has created a true warrior, warts and all. Tammy Wynette: Redeeming A Country Queen 3/10/10 Salon: She may not be worshiped like Dolly and Loretta, but the author of a new biography explains why she should be. Beautiful Betty: A Warning From Home-Making History 3/10/10 The Guardian: To see the existential confusion of Mad Men's disconsolate housewife is to grasp the relevance of The Feminine Mystique. Uconn Wins 16th Big East Title, Record 72nd Consecutive Win 3/10/10 USA Today: The top-ranked Huskies danced and cheered after they cruised to their 72nd consecutive win and 16th Big East tournament championship with a 60-32 victory over No. 8 West Virginia on Tuesday night. Ex-Olympic Star Marion Jones Signs With WNBA Team 3/10/10 USA Today: The disgraced sprinter once called the world's fastest woman was introduced Wednesday as the newest member of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock and she offered no apologies for her steroids use or her time in federal prison.