Today’s Lady News: On Taking Drugs While Pregnant

  • This week, The New York Times Magazine explores a difficult and complex issue: prosecuting drug-addicted mothers whose drug use harms their fetus in the womb. The piece zeroes in on Alabama prosecutors who are charging drug-addicted mothers, ostensibly to help the mothers, although it often lands the mothers in jail. It’s a big, complicated issue and definitely worth exploring more in depth. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Essence, a lifestyle magazine targeted towards black women, has removed managing editor Michael Bullerdick, a white male, after screengrabs of his Facebook wall showed him making racist comments about Al Sharpton and Barack Obama. [News One]
  • The Senate is discussing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act as we speak. You can learn more about the history of VAWA here. [Feministing]
  • So, this is the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life: 45 completely superficial reasons why Hillary Clinton should run for president in 2016. [Buzzfeed]
  • Women’s rights protestors hit up Facebook’s NYC offices today to deliver a petition of 53K signatures asking the website to add a woman to its all-male board. [Huffington Post]
  • A South Carolina subcommittee has approved a budget in which the state’s health insurance plan would not cover abortion in the case of rape or incest; only abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk would be covered by the SC state health insurance plan. [Herald Online
  • Meet Jen Tyrell, the lesbian mom who was booted from being her son’s Boy Scout den mother because of the organization’s policy against LGBT leaders. [Queerty
  • I just can’t even deal with this Rush Limbaugh headline. [Media Matters For America]
  • Five films for the budding eco-feminist. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Meet the girls’ school in Afghanistan that is continuing to educate the next generation of girls, despite threats from the Taliban. [Washington Post]
  • A National Health Service report in East London has suggested that girls ages 13 to 16 could benefit from access to the “morning-after pill” without a doctor’s prescription. Girls ages 16+ have been able to get EC at certain pharmacies as part of a pilot program. [Guardian UK]
  • Children as young as 11 at a Catholic school in Britain were encouraged to sign a petition against same-sex marriage. [Think Progress]
  • Also, a secular group has claimed that students at a Toronto-area Catholic high school were coerced into signing an anti-abortion petition. [National Post
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