Dallas Hospital Facing Lawsuit for Revoking Doctors’ Privileges
Two doctors filed suit against University General Hospital in Dallas after the hospital revoked their admitting privileges because they provide abortions on their own time, off site, the American Civil Liberties Union reported April 17. The law prohibits hospitals from discriminating against doctors because they provide abortions. They do not need admitting privileges because abortion is a safe procedure, and major medical groups oppose admitting privileges because they do nothing to further patient safety.
U.S. Athlete Joyner-Kersee Trains Palestinian Women in West Bank
Dozens of Palestinian girls and women, most of them newcomers to the world of running, got a lesson in the basics from a track and field great — three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the Associated Press
reported April 17. The American, considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, came to the West Bank to encourage women to be physically active despite cultural restrictions and lack of opportunities.
Female Republican Claims Equal Pay Decreases Chances of Women to Get Married
Providing women with equal pay for equal work would deter their chances of finding a “suitable mate,” Phyllis Schlafly in a Christian Post op-ed
published April 15. The founder of the "pro-family" organization Eagle Forum argues that since a woman prefers to marry a man who makes more money than she does therefore decreasing the gender pay gap would leave women unable to secure a husband, the Huffington Post
reported April 15.
Girls Abducted in Nigeria Freed
Hundred and twenty nine girls but nine have been freed after being kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, BBC News
reported April 17. No indications has been given on the conditons of their release.
Arizona Approves Surprise Inspections for Abortion Facilities
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer approved a measure on Tuesday that will allow the state to conduct surprise inspections of abortion facilities without first obtaining a warrant, Think Progress
reported April 16. Reproductive rights groups say this is another method of allowing harassment against abortion providers. The law is almost certain to provoke a lawsuit, since a federal appeals court has previously maintained that Arizona needs to get a warrant before searching abortion clinics.
Civil Rights Groups Call on Florida Governor to Fire Marissa Alexander's Prosecutor
Anti-sexism and civil rights advocates Ultra Violet and Color of Change will join forces Thursday to call on Governor Rick Scott to fire the prosecutor in Marissa Alexander's case "whose blatant abuse of power led to a domestic violence survivor being sentenced to 60 years behind bars," the groups stated in a press release April 16. An online petition
has been available for supporters the groups will deliver 100,000 signatures to the governor. They will also hold a rally on the same day.
North Dakota 6-Week Abortion Banned Overturned
A federal judge overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant, The Associated Press
reported April 16. Abortion rights activists called the law the most restrictive in the country. It is among four anti-abortion bills that were signed into law last year with overwhelming support from the state's Republican-led Legislature.
Increases in Women's BMI Linked to Infant, Fetal Deaths
Researchers find that as a woman's body mass index rises before she is pregnant or early during pregnancy, there is an increased risk of fetal death, stillborn, or infant death, and severely obese women have the highest risk, Los Angeles Times
reported April 15. An optimal body mass index has not been established for preventing fetal and infant death. Women with a BMI of 40 had about a two-to three-fold increase in risk compared with women whose BMI measured 20.
Women's Work Raises GDP 11%
Over the past three decades, the steady rise in women in the workforce has had a substantial impact both on household earnings and the economy, according to a study by the Center for American Progress
released on April 15. If women's employment patterns had remained unchanged and women had not increased their working hours, GDP would have been roughly 11 percent lower in 2012, which would translate to more than $1.7 trillion less output. The median annual hours worked by women increased 739 hours from 1979 to 2012, despite working within a set of institutions that don't provide the support they need.
Saudi Religious Police Asks Tougher Sanctions Against Blackmailers of Women
The head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police called Monday for tougher measures against blackmailers of women in the kingdom and noted the rising number of cases of the crime on the internet, Al Arabiya
reported April 15. Sheikh Abdel Latif al- Sheikh, the head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, told Al Arabiya News Channel that blackmailers of women were presently getting light sentences and that tougher ones were needed.
Two Men Tried in FGM Case in England Will Plead Not Guilty
Two men today appeared in the first British prosecution for female genital mutilation, The Daily Mail
reported April 15. Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 31, a registrar at Whittington Hospital in Archway, north London, has been charged with one count of an offence contrary to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. He will be tried alongside Hasan Mohamed, 40, who faces charges of encouraging an offence of female genital mutilation, when the case is heard at London's Southwark Crown Court in May.
Study Shows Sexual Violence is Normal for Young Women
A forthcoming study of 100 young women between the ages of 3 and 17 that will be published in the journal Gender & Society
shows that most young women assume being harassed, assaulted, and abused is simply something that everyone experiences, Think Progress
reported April 15. These young women tend to believe that men can't help it. These attitudes are so firmly ingrained that women aren't necessarily supportive of other victims and also have a hard time reporting incidents out of fear of backlash from their peers.
Harvard Study Looks at Transgender Health Disparities
Transgender individuals are medically underserved and their healthcare needs incompletely understood in part because they represent a subpopulation whose health is rarely monitored by
U.S. national surveillance systems, a Harvard study
released April 15 found. The study
compared transgender and non-transgender patients on health measures such as substance abuse, HIV infection, lifetime suicide attempts, and social stressors including violence and discrimination.
Women Unaware of Differences in Heart Attack Symptoms
Women are more likely to experience so-called atypical symptoms -- those that don't fit the male model of a heart attack, Newsday
reported April 14. Rather than chest pains, doctors speculate that women have much more subtle symptoms for heart attacks, and the focus on chest pains means many don't even realize that they are experiencing a heart attack. In a poll about seeking care, more than half of women indicated that they would not call 911 unless they had classic chest pain.