Happy Feminist Friday! As always, I have collected the biggest feminist news from the last week and created a condensed version for my lovely readers! I hope you guys have a great weekend!
In good news…
1. The Navy is working on a plan to start putting senior enlisted women on submarines. Currently only female officers are allowed. Also for the first time, a group of three women have passed the combat endurance test required for admission to the USMC Infantry Officer Course at Quantico. Although they have passed the test and are admitted to the course, the infantry is still only open to men. A step in the right direction, but more work needs to be done!
2. Linda Ellerbee (of Nick News fame) will be hosting a special on Nickelodeon next week concerning gay children and their issues. Go Nick!
3. California has become the first state to ban the use of the so-called “gay panic” or “trans panic” defenses in court. How is that even a thing?!
4. The ACLU has filed suit against Alabama for what is considered the most radical parental consent law in the US. Hopefully this will get overturned. Read more here
In bad news…
1. In a study conducted by Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights, they found an inverse relationship between the severity of proposed abortion restrictions like waiting periods, mandatory ultrasounds, gestational limits, and TRAP laws and negative health indicators like child obesity, teen births, and maternal and infant mortality. SO in other words, anti-choice states are the worst for moms and kids.
2. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the final provision in Texas’s restrictive antichoice law was constitutional. This means that all but SEVEN abortion clinics in Texas will be closing.
3. Iceland announces it will be holding a male only feminism conference. WTF?
4. In Louisiana, many rape victims are getting billed for their hospital visits, despite the Violence Against Women Act, which is supposed to offer free medical care after a sexual assault. Looks like Louisiana found a loophole in the law that allows them to bill for services they deem ‘extra’, such as emergency contraception and STD tests. Way to take advantage of victims.
5. Study finds being denied an abortion makes it harder to leave an abusive relationship.