Today’s Lady News: “16 & Pregnant” Teen Deterred By Parental Consent Law

  • On last night’s episode of “16 & Pregnant” on MTV, a pregnant teen talked with her mother about how she was deterred by Mississippi’s parental consent law for abortion. It’s confusing why Cleondra and the baby’s father didn’t end up getting the abortion, since Cleondra’s mother says in the clip (watch it on Jezebel) she was 100 percent supportive of her daughter getting one. Maybe they were afraid the baby’s father’s parents would be more angry about getting permission for an abortion than becoming a teen parent? It’s my understanding that only the parent or guardian of the female minor needs to have consent? In any case, it just goes to show how creating barriers for abortion contributes to teen pregnancy. [Jezebel]
  • Speaking of parental consent/notification laws, Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a bill on Monday that would require all parents of minors seeking an abortion to be notified by mail about it. Sen. Boozman claims a federal parental notification law would protect young women from being abused by sexual predators who may take them to another state to have an abortion if their state has a parental consent/notification law. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Maya Moore, 22, a UCONN basketball player and number one WNBC draft pick, has been the first woman signed to Nike’s Jordan Brand, joining the likes of Derek Jeter and Carmelo Anthony. Congratulations! [The Grio]

  • Iowa’s state senate passed a bill on Monday that would prevent Dr. LeRoy Carhart, one of the last abortion providers in American to terminate a late-term pregnancy, from opening a proposed clinic in Council Bluffs. The legislation stipulates that all clinics that terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks must be located near a hospital with an intensive care unit. Since that doesn’t exist in Council Bluffs, it would thwart Dr. Carhart’s plans to open a clinic there if it was signed by the governor. Dr. Carhart, who operates a practice in Nebraska, is seeking to open clinics in Maryland, Iowa and Indiana. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Nevada’s state legislature advanced a bill yesterday to protect gender identity under employment discrimination law. [Human Rights Campaign Backstory]
  • Opponents of a Planned Parenthood clinic set to open in Worcester, Massachusetts, have backed off of their attempt to require abortion providers to get special permits to give abortions. [Worcester Telegram]
  • Cristina Saralegui, aka the “Latina Oprah,” has signed a deal with the Hispanic network Telemundo for a prime time TV talk show to debut later this year. [The Wrap]
  • I can’t even respond to this article about three white male magazine editor “dudes” because it’s so silly. Read at your own risk. [WWD]
  • Jackpot: here’s 33 female music critics you need to be reading. [Flavorwire]
  • If all else fails, ask yourself “What would Buffy do?” [The Mary Sue]

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