Federal Judge Daniel Hovland struck down North Dakota’s six week abortion ban, known as the “fetal heartbeat” measure, permanently on Wednesday calling the law “invalid and unconstitutional” and that it “cannot withstand a constitutional challenge.” The law had immediately been challenged by the Red River Women’s Clinic as an “undue burden on women seeking to obtain an abortion.” Kansas was able to avoid attaching a similar fetal heartbeat rider on a bill that would criminalize abortion once the heartbeat was detected.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
On Tuesday, however, Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill that would allow state agencies to make surprise, warrant-less inspections on abortion clinics into law. While over in Nevada, the GOP voted to remove its opposition to gay marriage and its pro-life stance from the party platform. And the State party Chairman, Michael McDonald is happy about that!
Well, ladies, we now have the answer to why we do and should get paid less than men. The answer was provided by Phyllis Schafly. In her article for Christianity Today, she wrote:
“Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. While women prefer to HAVE a higher earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. The simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.”
Never mind the fact that as a lawyer, she made more money than her late husband. Hypocrisy, isn’t it wonderful?
The New York Times decided not to hold back when it reported that Florida State University and the Tallahassee Police Department “botched” the sexual assault investigation of NFL player Jameis Winston. The Times pointed out that police didn’t follow obvious leads, including a witness who had videotaped part of the assault.
Minnesota is searching for a man, Victor Barnard, who is facing 59 counts of first-degree sexual assault. Barnard is a former minister of a community known as “Shepherd’s Camp”, where he would regularly rape girls as young as 13. He referred to them as “Maidens” and told them that because of “God’s word” the rape was normal.
A new study which will be released in the next issue of Gender & Society states that young women think that being harassed is normal and because of this thought process decide not to report it.
Hop on over to Tennessee to watch in awe as they became the first state to subject pregnant women to criminal assault charges if they use drugs while pregnant.
If you are not happy in your marriage stay out of Arizona, Louisiana, and Utah. The Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage have been busy trying to make it harder to get a divorce. “In recent years, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have introduced bills imposing longer waiting periods before a divorce is granted, mandating counseling courses or limiting the reasons a couple can formally split.” I’d side-step Alabama and Oklahoma as they are making moves to incorporate similar laws.
Alaska caused a bit of confusion when a couple of representatives promoting the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” program referred to the activity as being “smart and sexy”. It caused political blogger Amanda Coyne to wonder:
“It’s also unclear for whom breastfeeding is supposed to be sexy: The baby? The mother? The viewer?”
The Whack-a-doodle of the Week Award goes to former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack who happily told Fox News:
“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”