Here’s all the feminist news on my radar today!
• Today is a big day in Texas, where Governor Rick Perry called a second special session of the legislature, just to take another vote on a bill (now called SB9) that will restrict abortion rights in the state and shut down many clinics. Here’s information on the protest at the Capitol, plus background on the bill. [Jessica Luther]
• Ohio’s governor just signed into law a budget that includes stringent abortion-restrictions laws. The photo-op of the budget signing included no women. Hm. [ThinkProgress]
• The most expensive way to be born is the American way, where parents without insurance or whose health insurance doesn’t cover pregnancy have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on maternity costs. [New York Times]
• The winner of the reality show Arab Idol is a Palestinian singer who had to climb over a wall to his audition and has used the pop show as a platform to talk about Arab unity. [Al Jazeera]
• Does the immigration bill promise a car for every immigrant? No, that’s one of many ridiculous myths about the bill being spread on TV. What the bill WILL do is increase militarization of the border. [Media Matters, Texas Observer]
• The trial of George Zimmerman continued last week, with Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel taking the stand—and immediately being made fun of on the internet in a way that’s not okay. [Salon]
• Today in media consolidation: The Tribune Company bought 19 local TV stations, making it the biggest owner of TV stations in the country, with 42 stations nationwide. [Chicago Tribune]
• The Sistah Vegan conference, an internet-based conference on veganism this September, is looking for presenters of African descent who have something to say about food and culture. [Sistah Vegan]
What did I miss? Add what you’re reading to the comments.