Anti-Abortion Group Live Action Debuts More “Undercover” Videos

  • The anti-abortion group Live Action today debuted more videos filmed “undercover” at abortion clinics, including ones in Washington, D.C., and the Bronx, NY, claiming they perform “illegal and inhuman practices.” Live Action sent women to clinics where they secretly taped their conversations about a hypothetical, rare late-term abortion with various staff members; to hear Live Action tell it, these doctors are butchering live babies. Live Action videos are always heavily edited — much like reality TV — to make them appear say what Live Action wants them to convey. And what do they want to convey, really? Less than one percent of abortions are performed after 21 weeks. Plus, abortions are legal after 24 weeks in New York State only if a woman’s life is at risk. Not sure what kind of bombshell they were really trying to uncover with this one. [New York Times, Washington Post, Think ProgressMedia Matters]
  • New York is considering a ban on so-called “ex-gay therapy” for minors. [Huffington Post]
  • Rosemarie Snead of Kentucky was ordained this weekend as a Roman Catholic priest, despite threats from the Vatican that she will be excommunicated for doing so. [Yahoo]
  • On out lesbian basketball player Brittney Griner and the queering of professional sports. [Grantland]
  • Vermont is requiring insurers to cover transgender health needs. [Think Progress]
  • Could New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand run for president? [Politico]
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans teens are swelling the Nevada youth shelters. [Las Vegas Review Journal]
  • Why do female comic book victims channel “naughty” and not just nasty? [DC Women Kicking Ass]
  • Meet elderly women working as models! [BBC]
  • Mary Thom, a former Ms. magazine editor and editor-in-chief for the Women’s Media Center, died this weekend in a motorcycle accident. [Ms. Magazine]


  • After an Oxfam International report fingered them for human rights abuses, the chocolate company Mondelez has pledged to improve the livelihoods of its women farmers. [Bloomberg]
  • Meet the Kurdish women warriors battling in Syria. [Al Arabiya]
  • Teen girls at a private high school in the UK are getting lessons on boasting to help prepare them to trumpet their own work. [Daily Mail UK]

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