What’s Current: Writer accused of rape on ‘Shitty Media Men’ list sues author for $1.5 million

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • One year after making the “Shitty Media Men” list, Stephen Elliot, accused of rape and sexual harassment, is filing a defamation lawsuit against its creator, Moira Donegan. Elliot is also demanding that his 30 anonymous accusers be identified, claiming their speaking out was “malicious in nature.”
  • A study shows that girls in developing nations are being systematically restricted access to mobile technology. Findings show that girls are often shamed for using mobile tech and boys are 1.5 times more likely to own a smartphone.
  • Michelle Obama is launching the Global Girls Alliance, an organization “seeking to empower adolescent girls around the world through education.” Obama aims to support grassroots leaders in communities who are “clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face.”
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline has seen a 201 per cent increase in calls since Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony against Brett Kavanaugh, according to Huffington Post. Local rape crisis centres are also reporting above average numbers of calls.
  • Lawmakers are pushing for a change in a French abortion law that allows doctors to refuse to provide abortion services on moral grounds. The French government is asking for a review of the so-called “conscience clause” to determine if its use is limiting women’s access to abortion in France.
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Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.

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  • lk

    Re: Conscience clause in France

    To get the full story, you have to click on the picture in the article and you will hear the 10 minute report…its pretty interesting, if y’all have time I def recommend listening.

    One of the doctors who is interviewed in the report says “How can you be a doctor and treat half the population (females) without dealing with abortion..how can a doctor say they will treat women but will only deal with pregnancies, but not unwanted pregnancies?” She says we need to remove the conscience clause and treat abortions as a medical treatment.

    If a large enough percentage of doctors refuses abortion on the grounds of moral/religious concerns, then how exactly are women to get safe abortions? It is not enough for abortion to just be legal on paper, it must be legal in the sense that we do not create loopholes that make it difficult and in some cases nearly impossible for women to get abortions.

    • myrto

      It’s actually rare that doctors in France use that “conscience clause”. France is not the US where women get harassed and threatened by “pro-life” activists in front of abortion clinics. Not saying that the president of the OBGYN trade-union (who sparked this debate in France) isn’t a complete misogynistic asshole obviously as well as all the doctors using this “conscience clause”. And that conscience clause should be abolished because it’s super gross.The problem for women is that in some rural areas, French women don’t have as many options as in bigger cities and that could become an obstacle in getting an abortion (for teenagers for instance). Or it could delay the operation and since the time period is maximum 12 weeks then in some cases some women may not get an abortion at all. But like I said it’s a rare situation. Still outrageous of course.