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Today’s Lady News: Missouri Women Seeking Abortion Must Legally Be Told Life Begins At Conception

  • A Missouri law will go into effect August 28 that requires doctors to give women seeking an abortion a pamphlet that reads, “The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.” The law also requires women to meet in person with a doctor about an abortion before waiting 24 hours for the procedure, whereas previously they could speak on the phone. (Abortion rights supporters say the in-person meeting is intended to make it more difficult for a woman to receive an abortion.) Doctors must also offer women ultrasounds and allow them to hear the fetus’ heartbeat before an abortion. [AP]
  • The “attempted ordination” of women is now listed by the Vatican as a grave crime tantamount to child sex abuse. Both women who are ordained and bishops who conduct the ordinations would be excommunicated. [Guardian UK]

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Lindsay Lohan Checks Into Rehab Days Before Jail

Yesterday, Lindsay Lohan checked into the facility where (I think) she belongs: rehab. Lohan went to the Pickford Lofts, a fancy, schmancy sober-living house in Los Angeles. Pickford Lofts was founded by Robert Shapiro, a lawyer who defended O.J. Simpson in the ’90s and whose son died from an overdose in 2005. Apparently, Lindz is hoping the judge will reduce her jail sentence or toss the sentence entirely, provided she stays in rehab. She’s only been in rehab for 24 hours now and already she has received visits from her ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson, mom Dina and sister Ali, her assistant, and her alleged flame, Eilat Anschel. The assistant was toting a case of Sprite, toilet paper, and bags from Blick Art Supply.

Even if the judge says “no way, José” to Lindsay’s last-ditch attempt to avoid jail — hasn’t this girl been in rehab, like, three times already? — her stint at Pickford Lofts won’t be for naught. She definitely will need to sober up before she is required to check into the slammer on Tuesday. [People, New York Daily News] Keep reading »

Birth Control Not Free As “Preventative Service” Under New Health Care Law

Yesterday the White House announced which preventative services will be free under President Obama’s health care reform and birth control did not make the cut. Uh, isn’t getting birth control the very definition of a preventative service? Like, preventing a baby? Apparently not. Keep reading »

Lindsay Lohan Checks Into Rehab Days Before Jail

Yesterday, Lindsay Lohan checked into the facility where (I think) she belongs: rehab. Lohan went to the Pickford Lofts, a sober-living house in Los Angeles. Pickford Lofts was founded by Robert Shapiro, a lawyer who defended O.J. Simpson in the ’90s and whose son died from an overdose in 2005. Apparently, Lindz is hoping the judge will reduce her jail sentence or toss the sentence entirely, provided she stays in rehab. She’s only been in rehab for 24 hours now and already she has received visits from her ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson, mom Dina and sister Ali, her assistant, and her alleged flame, Eilat Anschel. The assistant was toting a case of Sprite, toilet paper, and bags from Blick art supply.

Even if the judge says “no way, José” to Lindsay’s last-ditch attempt to avoid jail — hasn’t this girl been in rehab, like, three times already? — her stint at Pickford Lofts won’t be for naught. She definitely will need to sober up before she is required to check into the slammer on Tuesday. [People, New York Daily News] Keep reading »

Frances Bean Cobain’s Art Isn’t Disturbing, It’s Good!

With Kurt Cobain as a dad and Courtney Love as a mom, it only makes sense that 17-year-old Frances Bean Cobain is an artiste. Under the pseudonym “Fiddle Tim,” Frances Bean will exhibit several of her drawings at Los Angeles’ La Luz De Jesus gallery and has sold all of her work for the reasonable price of between $250 to $400 each. “Celestial Splendor” is the charcoal work depicted here; “Treat Me Like Your Mother Or I’ll Eat The Sun” shows a big green alien head, and another drawing of a man standing next to a goat with the caption “I don’t owe you s**t.” Angsty, yes, but I think the girl’s got talent. Media outlets are saying Frances Bean’s art is “disturbing,” but the only thing I think is disturbing is the name of the exhibit: “Scumf**k.” Still, that’s tame in this family. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »

MAC/Rodarte Makeup Collaboration Names Nail Polish After Impoverished, Murdered Women

My favorite makeup brand, MAC, has teamed up with Rodarte designers for a September 2010 collaboration based on their fall collection— but it’s gone horribly wrong. Drawing inspiration from the colors and culture of Mexico, MAC/Rodarte features a pink powder blush called Quinceanera, a sheer white lipstick called Ghost Town, and other items. That’s fine and dandy. But they’ve also tastelessly named their nail polishes Juarez (a pink frost) and Factory (a mint frost). Why’s it tasteless? Juarez is an impoverished Mexican factory town notorious for the number of women between the ages of 12 and 22 who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from police. Keep reading »

Tavi’s Open Letter To Seventeen Magazine Over Its “Fat & Ugly” Cover Line

Prodigious pint-sized blogger Tavi has lept on the Seventeen magazine bashing bandwagon. And for good reason: The 13-year-old penned an open letter to Seventeen on her blog, The Style Rookie, over a downright evil cover line on its June/July 2010 issue, “The Party Drug That Can Make You Fat & Ugly.” Fat and ugly? Yeah, Seventeen went there.

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Mel Gibson’s Screaming Rant At Ex #5: Profanity By The Numbers

Alleged phone call snippet #5 between Mel Gibson and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva is out and this time they’re fighting about that thorniest of relationship woes: $$$. Apparently, crazy-rich crazy celebrities blow their top if they have to tighten their belt and sell their Lakers box seats! Poor, poor Mel. Keep reading »

Woman Hopes Wife Will Live Forever In The Form Of Creepy Robot, Bina48

What has your S.O. done for you lately? Martine Rothblatt commissioned a $125,000 interactive robot — actually, just a robot head — of her wife, Bina Rothblatt, so that she may live foreveeeeer. A Vermont-based robotics group created Bina48, a robot with a Jane Lynch ‘do, rubbery skin, and the most vacant eyes since Charles Manson. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Judge Blocks Mental Health Screening For Abortion Law

  • A federal judge has blocked a new Nebraska law that would require a mental health screening for a woman who is seeking an abortion. [Journal Star]
  • Ex-Miss America 2008 Kristen Haglund is speaking out about her battle with an eating disorder. Her non-profit, The Kristen Haglund Foundation, provides financial aid for those seeking treatment. [ABC15.com]
  • This week the Department of Veterans Affairs relaxed the proof veterans must provide to receive benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder — but sexual assault was left out entirely. [ColorLines]

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