Today’s Lady News: Photo Of Boy With Down Syndrome Who “Survived Roe Vs. Wade” Spreading Around Facebook

  • A photograph of this adorable little boy is circling around Facebook. The boy has Down Syndrome and he’s holding a sign (written by someone who is not him) which reads: “I may not be perfect but I’m happy. I am God’s handiwork and I bear His image. I am blessed. I am the 10% of children born with Down Syndrome who survived Roe vs Wade.” (Roe vs. Wade was the 1973 Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion.) Well, this makes me feel uncomfortable. There is no reason to doubt that this little boy is happy, loved, and cared for, and God bless him and his parents for the hardships they overcome on a daily basis. But perhaps it would have been more appropriate for his parents to have posed with a sign that said, “We love our son, who happens to have Down Syndrome” (for example), rather than use him as a prop? What do you think? []
  • How to write a “young women don’t care about feminism” article. [Feministing
  • Journalist Michele Norris, a host on NPR’s program “All Things Considered,” has recused herself through the duration of the 2012 election because her husband has been hired in a senior position with the Obama re-election campaign. [NPR]
  • The Frisky’s “Hitched” columnist Andrea Grimes somehow got a press release written by a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in her home state of Texas. [Hay Ladies]
  • A record-breaking 18 female CEOs have made the Forbes 500 list. [Huffington Post]
  • Why don’t more law schools teach reproductive rights classes? [XX Factor]
  • A Christian college called Shorter Univeristy in Rome, Georgia, is forcing staff to sign a “statement of faith” confirming they do not view premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality as “acceptable.” [Queerty]
  • On sexual violence and the discourses of “purity.” [Bitch Magazine]
  • Girls Scouts of Colorado released a statement saying that they will welcome any child into the Scouts who identifies as a girl, regardless of the gender assigned to the child at birth. Awesome! [GLAAD]
  • Attention, Frisky readers in the UK: 44 of Sylvia Plath never-before-seen pen and ink drawings will be on view at a gallery in London from November 2 through December 16. [Flavorwire]
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