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Today’s Lady News: Who Gets Abortions In The U.S.?

  • Who gets abortions in the U.S.? The Guttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan reproductive health organization, sought to profile the women who get abortions in this graphically-curious video released on April 28. Most women who are get abortions are in their 20s. Six out of 10 women who terminate a pregnancy already have kids and many have two or more kids. Needing to care for their existing children is often a primary reason for why women who already have kids choose to end a pregnancy. Three out of four women who have abortions describe themselves as religiously affiliated and Catholic women have abortions at approximately the same rate as women overall. In 2008, four out of 10 women who had abortions lived below the federal poverty line. White women account for 36 percent of abortions, followed by black women at 30 percent and Latinas at 25 percent. [YouTube]
  • A Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the team for refusing to cheer for her alleged rapist was denied a U.S. Supreme court review yesterday. Months ago, a federal appeals court said the young woman, known only as H.S., was cheering for her school and not for herself and therefore was obliged to follow the dictates of the team. H.S. claims she was raped in 2008 by Rakheem Bolton, a member of the football team, at a party. Bolton plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2010. Blech, what a gross story. [San Francisco Chronicle]

  • Hair braider Jestina Clayton has sued the state of Utah, claiming the requirement that hair braiders get a cosmetology license will prohibit many young women who immigrate to the U.S. and can braid hair but not speak English. Speaking English would likely be a part of the cosmetology exam, which would prohibit them from working legally. [Seattle Times]
  • Jennifer Egan won the 2010 L.A. Times Book Prize for fiction for her book A Visit From The Goon Squad, it was announced this weekend. Other women who received book prizes from the L.A. Times include Laura Hillenbrand for Unbroken, a biography; Maxine Kumin for Where I Live: New & Selected Poems, poetry; and Megan Whalen Turner for A Conspiracy of Kings, young adult literature. [Mediabistro]
  • Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to the origins of the mudflap girl. [Bust Magazine]
  • Life lessons from a 1968 Playboy Bunny Club manual. [The Hairpin]
  • Yvette Vickers, a former Playboy model and star “Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman,” is dead at age 82. The circumstances surrounding her death are quite tragic: Yvette was dead inside her home for a year before a neighbor realized cobwebs were gathering and mail was piling up. Yvette starred in plenty of movies throughout her life, including “Hud” opposite Paul Newman, but late in life she became a total recluse. Rest in piece, Yvette. [The AV Club, People]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The killing of lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza in South Africa has been condemned as a hate crime. [BBC]
  • Patti Smith has been awarded the 2011 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s highest musical honor. [BBC]
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