Thank God Donatella Versace Makes Fashion, Not Babies

  • Italian women over the age of 40 are having more babies than similarly-aged women in any other western industrialized country. But the U.S. is not far behind! [Guardian]
  • Speaking of wombs: A group of politicians in Ohio are pressing the state legislature to pass a bill that "would ban women from seeking an abortion without written consent from the father of the fetus. In cases where the identity of the father is unknown, women would be required to submit a list of possible fathers." [Feministing]
  • A peace group is sponsoring a group of women in Afghanistan to train as boxers as symbols of women's independence and power, and as possible Olympic contenders. [BBC]
  • Young women from China, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal and other countries who have been forced into sex slavery are not only highly likely to be infected with HIV but to spread the virus once they are freed and return home. [International Herald Tribune]
  • Profit before health: Executives at pharmaceutical giant Wyeth are anxious to bypass the FDA's demand that the menopause drug Pristiq be tested further; they want it to be approved for treatment of depression. [MSNBC]
  • Despite serious and incessant warnings over the fact that the acne drug Accutane causes severe birth defects, women continue to become pregnant while taking it. [MSNBC]
  • One woman in the NY Times' obituaries section today: Norma Gabler, 84, who worked to rid Texas schools of content she considered "anti familiy, anti-American and anti-God". [NYTimes]