Today’s Lady News: New Teen Pregnancy PSAs Pissing Everyone Off

teen pregnancy PSAs
  • New York City’s Human Resources Administration has introduced new PSAs about teen pregnancy which serve up a dose of “real talk” to teens with statistics about teen parents. The ads have been derided as “terrible” and “horrible” for shaming teen moms and focusing mostly on the girls’ choices and not the boys. You can see the whole host of ads at the link. What do you think of these PSAs? Let us know in the comments. [NYC.Gov]
  • Yesterday Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe vetoed his state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat bill,” which would criminalize abortions after 12 weeks, and today the Arkansas State Senate overrode his veto. The bill would still have to be overridden by the Arkansas House to take effect, however. UPDATE: The House passed the bill today, meaning Arkansas has adopted the most restrictive ban on abortions in the U.S. [NBC News, New York Times]
  • At long last, President Obama is set to sign the Violence Against Women Act into law on Thursday. Hooray! [USA Today]
  • Legally mandated waiting periods for abortion cause “excessive” emotional and financial hardships for women, according to a three-year study performed in Texas. [Think Progress]
  • Meet Jessica Cox, 30, who was born without arms and is both a black belt in martial arts and a pilot. [Yahoo]

INTERNATIONAL

  • How the crisis in Syria is forcing younger women, particularly refugees, into early marriages to help support their families. [USA Today]
  • Women in Liberia say that female students are pressured to perform sexual favors to get good grades. [Guardian UK]
  • Two female debaters from a debate team in the UK were subject to sexist heckling during a competition, prompting Cambridge students to boycott a competition in Glasgow, Scotland. [Oxford Student]
  • A marathon in Gaza has been cancelled after Muslim leaders in Hamas banned women from running in it. [New York Times]
  • Carinal Leonardo Sandri of the Vatican, who is from Argentina, said women must have more leadership positions in the Roman Catholic Church … [Reuters]
  • … but than a Canadian cardinal said that the role of women in the church should be a “secondary” concern. [CBC]
  • On how Indian women have been using their smartphones to report catcalling and sexual abuse following the recent high profile gang rapes and sexual assaults. [Business Insider]

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