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Today’s Lady News: Ban Proposed On Abortion After 20 Weeks In Washington, D.C.

Today's Lady News
  • Utah Sen. Mike Like, a Republican supported by the Tea Party, has proposed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia. This “fetal pain” bill is based on the anti-abortion argument, unproven by the medical establishment, that five months is the point at which a fetus can feel pain. (You can read more in-depth on “fetal pain” laws here.) Oklahoma, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska and Alabama have similar fetal pain bills in effect.  [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • I have instructed Amelia to drink some cold medicine and watch this unintentionally HILARIOUS video from the American Life League about the evils of Planned Parenthood, which include “penis balloons,” “vagina cupcakes,” and “vagina macarons.” Actual quote from this video: “Planned Parenthood’s gateway drug is masturbation.” Oh my word, the comedy is priceless! (Priceless and scary.) [The Stranger via Feministing] Keep reading »

Viola Davis Addresses Black Actresses, Racism In “The Help”

Racist Or Raving?
What critics are saying about "The Help." Read More »
Octavia's Spanx
Octavia Spencer says she wore 3 pairs of Spanx to the SAG Awards. Read More »
Black Women Stereotypes
Stephen Colbert gets schooled on stereotypes of black women. Read More »

“The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that. … We as African-American artists are more concerned with image and message and not execution, which is why every time you see your images they’ve been watered down to the point where they are not realistic at all. My whole thing is, do I always have be noble? As an artist, you’ve got to see the mess.”

– Actress Viola Davis responds to journalist Tavis Smiley regarding their roles in “The Help,” which has been criticized for being a “Hooray, White People Solved Racism” movie. Smiley told his guests, Viola and Octavia Spencer, that “I want you to win [an Oscar], but I’m ambivalent about what you’re winning for.” Whether you agree with Viola’s reply or not, it was earnest and, in my opinion, a refreshing response to the litany of complaints about “The Help” that have dogged it since the film came out. She’s probably sick of people saying this to her face and knowing people are saying it behind her back, too. [New York Times via YouTube]

Virginia Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” And “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Bills

Obama On Abortion
Read the president's statement about Roe Vs. Wade's 39th anniversary. Read More »
Public Hanging?
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An NC politician called for the public hanging of abortion providers. Read More »
Today's Lady News
An abortion in the U.S. is safer than giving birth here, study finds. Read More »
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Virginia politicians advanced two extreme and extremely disturbing anti-abortion bills yesterday — Valentine’s Day, for God’s sake! One is a so-called “fetal personhood” amendment, which would criminalize all abortions by declaring that a fertilized egg is a person. 

The state’s Republican-controlled House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed the “fetal personhood” bill, which now heads to the state Senate. If the bill passes the state Senate and is signed into law by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, it would be the most sweeping criminalization of abortion in the United States. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Amber Riley Covers “I Will Always Love You” On “Glee”

J-Hud's Tribute
Jennifer Hudson delivered a gorgeous tribute to Whitney. Read More »
RIP: Whitney Houston
Updated information on the passing of Whitney Houston. Read More »
Alcohol and Xanax?
Whitney Houston reportedly died from mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. Read More »
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  • Here’s Amber Riley cover of “I Will Always Love You” on “Glee,” which was recorded before Whitney Houston’s death this weekend. Just like J-Hud, Amber has a big, booming, beautiful voice that does this song justice. [Us Weekly
  • Watch Taylor Swift’s video for “Safe & Sound,” her song off “The Hunger Games” soundtrack. I’m warning you, it’s depressing. [Update: it looks like the video has been pulled. Bummer, dude. Here's the song with some stills from the video on YouTube.] [The FW]
  • Charming Chris Brown told his Twitter haters to “f–k off” because “I got a Grammy!” [Celebuzz] Keep reading »

PETA Promises Veganism Will Make You “A Tantric Porn Star”

PETA Porn Site
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PETA is launching a softcore porn site. Read More »
Brooke Hogan For Peta
Brooke Hogan got naked in a dog cage for PETA. Read More »
PETA's Anti T-Day Ad
PETA's anti-Thanksgiving ad is not very convincing. Read More »
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ ad campaigns are usually an 11 on the eyeroll scale, only a point behind Axe Body Spray. Their latest ad features a woman whose body is all covered up for once, but she’s wearing a neck brace because her little boyfriend from “Portlandia” “went vegan and knocked the bottom out of” her. And we get a solid eight seconds of the camera lingering on her derriere. 

While I don’t doubt that lying on your couch all day eating wings doesn’t make for good lovemaking, this PETA ad perhaps overstates the benefits of boning a vegan. Personally, every meat/dairy-abstaining dude I’ve ever boned was pale, sickly-looking and evangelical about getting me to eat raw cacao. Sexy? Not a chance. While I’m sure there are plenty of vegan/vegetarian dudes who are, heh, animals in the sack, methinks this body brace nonsense is just a tad wishful thinking. [YouTube via Yahoo]

Evening Quickies: Whitney Houston Memorial Canceled; Funeral Will Be Invite Only

RIP: Whitney Houston
Updated information on the passing of Whitney Houston. Read More »
Alcohol and Xanax?
Whitney Houston reportedly died from mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. Read More »
Morning Quickies
Details on Whitney Houston's funeral. Read More »
  • A public memorial for Whitney Houston at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center this Friday has been cancelled at the request of the singer’s family. Instead, Whitney’s family is holding a private, invite-only funeral at a Baptist Church in Newark on Saturday at noon. [People, Huffington Post]  
  • Justin Bieber went on an adorable “date” with a six-year-old fan named Avalanna who is fighting a rare form of cancer. These pics are so cute. [PopCrush]
  • Hugh Hefner’s response to his 20-year-old son Marston’s arrest this weekend for domestic violence? “If they care about each other, they’ll patch it up.” Uh, wrong answer. [People]
  • Jada Pinkett Smith released a song on Facebook for her hubby Will. I guess they’re not so divorce-y after all? [Clutch Magazine]
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal might be breaking the rules at her local Brooklyn food co-op by not volunteering her time, although sources say she just does them in “private” areas, so as not to cause a commotion.  [Nerve] Keep reading »
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