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More News to Jeer This Week:
- Planned Parenthood is ending abortion services in three Arizona cities to comply with recent state laws that restrict abortions, the organization said Aug. 18. Starting Aug. 19, women will no longer be able to terminate pregnancies at the Planned Parenthood clinics in Prescott Valley, Flagstaff and Yuma, which had offered abortions through medication, reported The Los Angeles Times.
- In an editorial The Washington Times claimed that a recent "Slutwalk" in Washington, D.C., led to the "assault" of tourists at the Washington Monument because of the speech and attire of Slutwalk participants, reported Media Matters for America Aug. 19.
- A lawsuit filed against the Republic School District in Missouri alleges school officials failed to protect a middle school girl from a male classmate who harassed her, sexually assaulted her and raped her, reported The Springfield News-Leader Aug. 16.
- A study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission blamed the "outdated" long-hours culture in many companies for forcing women out of contention for senior management posts and prompting many to abandon the corporate world in the U.K. altogether, reported The Telegraph Aug. 17.
- A federal judge has dismissed claims that Bloomberg L.P., the financial and media services giant founded by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, engaged in a pattern of discrimination against pregnant women who took maternity leaves, reported The New York Times Aug. 17.
- A college degree is seen more and more by the public as a credential women need to make it big despite a soaring price tag, research published on Aug. 17 indicated, reported Reuters.
- Christian von Boetticher, 40, the successful German state legislator at the top of the Christian Democratic Union's ticket in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, resigned after he admitted to an affair with a 16-year-old girl on Aug. 14, reported The New York Times Aug. 17.
- The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Colorado filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a notice of claim against a Jefferson County public charter school that fired a teacher for asserting her right to pump breast milk while at work, in violation of state and federal anti-discrimination laws, according to an Aug. 15 press statement.
- Elizabeth Warren, the former Obama adviser and consumer protection advocate, launched an exploratory committee on Aug. 18 , the next step toward a possible Senate challenge to Scott Brown, R-Mass., reported The Huffington Post.
- Figures from Sex and Power 2011, a report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, revealed that while women are graduating from college in increasing numbers in Scotland and with better degree results than men, they're not entering management ranks at the same rate, reported STV Aug. 16.
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