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Today’s Lady News: Obama Could Compromise On Birth Control Coverage Under Health Care Reform

  • The Obama administration is open to a “compromise” on the health care reform requirement that religiously-affiliated employers cover preventative care, including birth control, without co-pays or deductibles. Some schools and hospitals balked that the only exemptions made were for explicitly religious employers. But this morning, David Axelrod, an advisor on the president’s re-election campaign, said the administration will “look for a way” to make everyone happy. [New York Times
  • Mitt Romney said that Susan G. Komen for the Cure was right to cut grants to Planned Parenthood. Perhaps he would not have held this same position years ago when he attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser and his wife donated money to the clinics. Or, many years after that, when he signed a pro-choice pledge organized by PP. [Huffington Post, Think Progress]
  • HealthCare.gov now enables you to search for health plans with coverage for same-sex relationships. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Brilliant Idea: PA College Dispensing Plan B From Vending Machines

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
Should Men Pay?
Should men help pay for the Pill? Read More »
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Switzerland put pregnancy tests in vending machines. Read More »

Taking the morning-after pill in a timely fashion has been one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when it comes to reproductive rights. Emergency contraception (which prevents ovulation so an egg cannot be fertilized, as well as thins the lining of the uterus so a fertilized egg cannot be implanted) is most effective if taken within five days of unprotected sex — but the sooner the better. Even though EC, in theory, became more accessible when the FDA announced it could be sold over-the-counter to women age 17 and up, that did not play out in reality. Women who live in rural areas, as well as women who live anyplace where a pharmacist can cite a so-called conscience clause and tell her “no, not dispensing that!”, still have to do a lot of frantic scrambling at an already stressful time.

But one college in Pennsylvania has a brilliant idea on how to make EC more accessible when it is needed most: Shippensburg University  in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, put a vending machine filled with Plan B in the health center. Keep reading »

Mitt Romney Calls Morning After Pills “Abortive Pills”

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
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Sorry, Michele, "the morning-after abortion pill" doesn't exist. Read More »
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All of The Frisky's posts about the 2012 election. Read More »
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Fact checking time! Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in Colorado last night and referred to emergency contraception/the morning-after pill as “abortive pills.” This could be because he or his team genuinely doesn’t understand that emergency contraception (Plan B) and the abortion pill (RU-486) are two completely different pills. Or it could be because he’s irresponsibly trying to totally conflate the two for political gain, which I am sure would shock — shock! — you coming from an anti-abortion politician.  (Is Mitt anti-abortion this week? I can never keep track!)

Let’s recap, very briefly: The morning-after pill prevents a pregnancy by stopping a woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs — which could be fertilized by the sperm and go implant in the uterus — as well as thinning the lining of a woman’s uterus so a fertilized egg cannot implant.  The RU-486 abortion pill, on the other hand, ends an existing pregnancy — as in, the fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus and a fetus is growing. (I explain it all in more detail in this post.)

See? Two different things, Mitt. Keep reading »

New Brandy And Monica Duet “It All Belongs To Me” Is No “The Boy Is Mine”

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What your favorite band/singer says about YOU. Read More »
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Style blogger Tavi Gevinson stars in a music video for Wilco. Read More »
Umlauts In Music
Lady Gaga and others who've used umlauts. Read More »
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“The Boy Is Mine” is a hard act to follow, but the new duet by Brandy and Monica is the very definition of underwhelming. “It All Belongs To Me” is their first song together in 14 years (do you feel old now?), but in all that time the best they could come up with is meh. But at least they’re singing about Facebook for cultural relevancy, right? I’m going to go listen to “The Boy Is Mine” on YouTube for some brainscrubbing. [Dlisted]

Karen Handel Resigns From Susan G. Komen For The Cure

Karen Handel has resigned from her position as senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Handel’s resignation letter, after the jump: Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Beyoncé Makes Her First Public Appearance Since Blue Ivy’s Birth

Welcome, Blue!
Beyonce gave birth on January 7 to baby girl Blue Ivy Carter. Read More »
Song For Blue Ivy
Jay Z releases a song for his baby girl. Read More »
Beyonce's Birthing Suite
Beyonce gave birth in a hospital room better than our apartment. Read More »
Evening Quickies
Brad Pitt says Angelina is still a bad girl. Read More »
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  • Beyoncé’ has made her first public appearance since giving birth to Blue Ivy and her boobs are GIANT . [Us Weekly]
  • M.I.A. and her fiance Benjamin Bronfman have split: Gatecrasher claims she spends most her time in London, while he stays in New York with his mom and the couple’s three-year-old son, Ikhyd. [New York Daily News]
  • Did people really think Joan Rivers had 739 plastic surgeries? That’s what she said yesterday. It was hyperbole, people. [Styleite
  • More Bey news: rumor has it Beyoncé’s been offered $100 million to join “X Factor” as a judge, which would give her the highest salary on television. [PopCrush]
  • Nick Carter says he couldn’t attend his sister Leslie Carter’s funeral because of “complicated family dynamics.” Leslie died last week of an apparent drug overdose. [Stupid Celebrities]
  • Anne Hathaway  held an engagement party with her fiance Adam Shulman at a New York City bookstore on Saturday night with 125 friends and family — and no celebrities. [People] Keep reading »
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