Today’s Lady News: Young OB/GYNs Worry About Doing Abortions

  • Out of concern for their safety, young OB/GYN students admit to reconsidering whether or not they’ll do abortions after the recent murder of Dr. George Tiller, a physician in Kansas who terminated pregnancies. “Our doctors are graying and are not being replaced,” the president of the National Women’s Health Foundation has said. [Washington Post]
  • Ex-schoolteacher Tiffany Sheperd, 31, has turned to porno after bikini pics got her fired from Port St. Lucie High School in Florida. Shepherd alleged she sent out 2,500 resumes after getting canned last April and has not been hired for a teaching position anywhere. In her new career, Shepherd’s stage name is Leah Lust and she has filmed five flicks, including one called “My First Sex Teacher.” [NY Daily News]
  • The attorney for Rifqa Bary, the 17-year-old who ran away from home in Ohio to Florida because she fears her Muslim parents will kill her for converting to Christianity, filed a court memorandum requesting that the girl not be forced to go home. Bary has said her father threatened to kill her and her mother threatened to send her back to her home country of Sri Lanka after they discovered she is a Christian, although both her parents have denied the claims. Presently, the girl is living in foster care. [Fox News]

  • An organization within the United Nations recently released a report “International Guidelines On Sexual Education,” which said that accurate and non-judgmental sex ed, which includes discussing of sexual diversity, gender roles, and gender-based violence, is a “universal right.” [Carnal Nation]—Unfortunately, that sounds far too reasonable for it to ever actually happen. But we can dream, can’t we?
  • Journalist Jo Piazza is traveling around rural villages in Kenya and said that despite the fact contraception has been legal there for 20 years, women are taking birth control behind their husband’s backs. Apparently they feel like they have to hide the fact they want to control when they get pregnant. [Double X]
  • In a study of 1,300 teenaged girls, researchers discovered found that one out of three 13- to 17-year-olds have been sexually abused by their boyfriends, one in four has been physically abused, and one out of 16 has been raped. Teen girls with older boyfriends were mostly likely to have been physically or sexually abused by their SO. [Daily Mail]
  • A study by the World Center Research Fund, a medical charity, said 40 percent of cases of breast cancer could be prevented if women lived healthier lifestyles. The study combined over 950 research papers about breast cancer from around the world and found that preventable behaviors such as drinking alcohol, not exercising and being overweight are common among women with breast cancer. Breastfeeding also reduces a woman’s frisk of developing breast cancer. [Guardian]
  • Newsstand sales of lady mags are kind of sucking right now: 46 percent for Ladies Home Journal to nearly 8 percent for Cosmopolitan. [NY Times]