What’s An “Abortion Contract”?

todays lady news
  • Ever heard of an “abortion contract”? Well, NBA player J.J. Reddick reportedly had one. Reddick requested his ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Lopez, sign a legal agreement saying that she would have an abortion and that he would stay in a relationship with her for at least one year, otherwise he would pay her $25,000. You can read bits of their contract/proof that romance is indeed dead screen-grabbed on the blog Deadspin. Hey, I don’t disagree that talking about how you’ll handle an unplanned pregnancy is a smart thing for all couples to do! An abortion is certainly an option. But the stipulations here are simply gross. [NYMag.com, Deadspin]
  • Not this crap again: several soldiers at Fort Carson, Colardo are being investigated for sexual misconduct with four minor females. [CNN]
  • USC told a woman she wasn’t actually raped because her assailant didn’t orgasm. Wha-what? [Jezebel]
  • A lesbian couple in Pennsylvania obtained a marriage license and wed afterwards, despite the fact that there is a state ban on gay marriage. [Think Progress]
  • It’s Bust magazine’s 20th birthday! As a teenager I always dreamed that I would work at Bust one day! Here’s an interview with the cofounders, Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel. [Time Out New York]
  • Here’s an essay by a young woman who was sexually exploited by her “modeling manager.” [xoJane]
  • Check out this new Tumblr that calls out the Hollywood boys’ club. [Huffington Post]
  • Could sexism derail Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen’s chances of becoming chairman of the Federal Reserve? [Washington Post]
  • Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas passed away last week. Here’s one of the last interviews she ever gave. [Bitch Magazine]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Nigeria’s Senate refused to remove a line in its constitution which would have done away with child marriage. One opponent of removing the item complained that doing so would be anti-Muslim.  [Hello Beautiful, Daily Post NG]
  • Check it out: Jane Austen now graces the UK’s 10 pound bank note. [Guardian UK]
  • President Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former president John F. Kennedy, as the United States ambassador to Japan. [Guardian UK]

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