Women Target Men with Humor to Defend Reproductive Rights
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In several states, female legislators are striking back at efforts to limit abortion and contraception. We hear proposals designed to call attention to women's rights and gender inequality. Also, North Korea's provocative satellite launch, and today's verdict in a notorious case of web-cam spying and intimidation of a gay college student.
Banner image: Pro-choice activists with the National Organization for Women hold a vigil outside the US Supreme Court on January 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images
North Korea's Provocative Satellite Launch ()
Just two weeks after agreeing to limit its nuclear program in exchange for food aid from the United States, North Korea announced today it will launch a satellite this month to commemorate the 100th birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung. The State Department calls that "highly provocative," and says the food aid may be in jeopardy. Mike Chinoy, at the University of Southern California's US-China Institute is author of Meltdown: the Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis.
State Politics and the Gender Wars ()
The National Organization for Women calls it "wonderfully humorous," but Ohio's Democratic State Senator Nina Turner says she's "as serious as a heart attack." She's one of the female legislators in several states who say they're giving the men a taste of their own medicine when it comes to restrictions on abortion and contraception. One proposal requires that a doctor confirm that a man has a medical reason for taking Viagra and knows the side effects before he can get a prescription. Another declares it an act against children for men to "waste" sperm. Supporters ask why anti-abortion laws don't make fathers equally accountable. We hear from them and from counterparts calling themselves "pro-life."
- Lynn Wachtmann: Ohio House of Representatives
- Nina Turner: Ohio State Senate, @ninaturner
- Constance N. Johnson: Oklahoma State Senate
- Joshua Trevino: Texas Public Policy Foundation, @jstrevino
- Jim Wilson: Oklahoma State Senate
Verdict in Suicide of Roommate of Gay Rutgers Student ()
Tyler Clementi was a freshman at Rutgers University when he killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He had discovered that his roommate spied on him and videotaped his sexual encounter with another man. A month later, President Obama released a videotaped message condemning the incident as bullying of the worst kind. Roommate Dharun Ravi was prosecuted and today a jury found him guilty.
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