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Two Female Heroes of Resistance Enter French Pantheon
In a symbolic gesture to acknowledge that women as well as men have made French history, François Hollande has interred two female heroes of the resistance in the Panthéon, the resting place of the nation’s great, The Guardian reported May 26. The French president honoured four wartime resistance figures in total: Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz and Germaine Tillion, who survived capture and deportation, and two men, Pierre Brossolette and Jean Zay, who died in terrible circumstances before the end of the war.The only other woman to have been honoured in the Panthéon is the Nobel prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, whose ashes were moved there in 1995. Another woman was buried there, Sophie Berthelot, but only to be close to her husband, the chemist and politician Marcellin Berthelot. There are 72 men in the mausoleum in Paris’s Latin quarter.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Arkansas 12-Week Abortion Ban
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has blocked an Arkansas law that bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, NPR reported May. The case was filed by two doctors on their own and their patients' behalf.

Vatican Qualifies Ireland Same-Sex Marriage Vote as 'Defeat for Humanity'

The referendum in Ireland that legalized same-sex marriage last week was a “defeat for humanity,” a top Vatican official said in remarks published May 26, The New York Times reported. “I was very saddened by this result,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, according to the Vatican Radio website. “I don’t think we can speak only about a defeat for Christian principles, but a defeat for humanity.”

California Passes Law Urging Pregnancy Centers Not to Provide Mislead Info
The California Assembly passed legislation May 29 that would require faith-motivated crisis pregnancy centers to provide comprehensive information about reproductive health care options, including abortion, The Huffington Post reported. The bill, known as the Reproductive Fact Act, would require pregnancy centers to post notices saying that reproductive health services, including abortion, are available to pregnant women in the state. Pregnancy centers also would have to disclose whether they lack a medical license.

Female Suicide Bombings See 'Alarming Spike' in Nigeria
Children are now being seen as potential threats after an "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women being used by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, the U.N. children's agency said May 26. The number of reported suicide attacks has jumped to 27 in the first five months of this year compared to 26 for all of last year, AP reported.

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