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Monogamous Sex Is Best For Society, Says Conservative Dude

With so many points of clarifications that we could use from social conservatives — Single motherhood is bad! But so is abortion! — one would think The New York Times‘ conservative columnist, Ross Douthat, would have plenty of rich, complicated topics to dig into. But in an op-ed column that ran yesterday, Douhat argued in defense of monogamy, praising social conservatives for their “optimistic” attitudes about love and happiness, and even went so far as to cheer on abstinence-only education sex ed programs that delay sexual behavior in teenagers. Keep reading »

Topless Ukrainian Feminists Protest NZ Radio Station’s Mail Order Bride Contest

A notorious topless Ukrainian feminist group turned out to protest the New Zealand radio show “Win A Wife” contest that matches up a Kiwi man with a “mail order bride” in Ukraine. Nine women from Femen were outraged — rightly so — about The Rock FM’s “Win a Wife” contest, announced on Valentine’s Day, in which the winner would be flown to Eastern Europe with interpreters to meet a woman from a “matchmaking” web site. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Mike Huckabee Slams Natalie Portman For Having Baby “Out Of Wedlock”

  • Republican presidential nominee wannabe Mike Huckabee opened his big gaping maw to condemn Natalie Portman for having a baby “out of wedlock” with her fiancé, Benjamin Millipied. Huckabee criticized Portman on a conservative radio show.
    “One of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.”

    I see the point Huckabee is getting at, but I’d say the bigger problem isn’t the single moms but the dads who choose not to be in their kids lives or who aren’t worthy of being there. Why cast judgment on the single mothers alone? [The Huffington Post]

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South Dakota To Require “Crisis Pregnancy Center” Counseling, 72 Hour Wait, Before An Abortion

You fail at life, South Dakota: the state’s senate has passed a bill that requires a woman wait 72 hours and receive “counseling” from so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” before an abortion. SD’s governor, who is anti-abortion, said he is “inclined” to sign the bill into law. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ask An Abortion Provider

  • “Dolores P.”, a woman training to be a nurse practitioner, shares with fellow ladyblog The Hairpin why she wants to become an abortion provider, especially during this particularly weird political climate. [The Hairpin]
  • Harding University in Arkansas has stopped a queer ‘zine on campus, The State of the Gay, from appearing online because of what they call “questionable content.” [Jezebel]
  • Why does the wage gap persist despite women’s educational advances? [Ms. Magazine]

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NYC Forces “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” To Disclose Motives To Women

Some good news, finally: New York City’s City Council voted yesterday to require so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” to be more transparent about their anti-abortion motives to women.

There are different types of CPCs, but many are run by anti-abortion extremists which intentionally appear to look like abortion clinics from the outside but in actuality will dissuade women from ending a pregnancy through any tactic at all. The city council demanded that CPCs inform women on advertising and signs in entrances and waiting rooms that they do not actually provide abortions, emergency contraceptives or prenatal care. CPC employees will also be required to provide that information if asked about it over the phone or in person. NYC’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the bill into law. Keep reading »

Bunny In A Blender: Anti-Abortion Group’s New Scare Tactic

Anti-abortion group The American Life League has released a new video in support of Congress defunding Planned Parenthood and it wants you to think that a doctor scraping an eight-week-old bunch of cells from a uterus is just like slaughtering a cute animal in a blender. Yep, a person dressed in hospital scrubs places a bunny in a blender, the screen goes black, the blender whirs, and the camera pans to a several-months-old Caucasian baby. Nuanced! My first thought was something that my Token Pro-Life Catholic Friend said to me about how he is against abortion because it’s “an act of violence.” Huh? I don’t see women’s health supporters using imagery so cruel. [YouTube via Feministing] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Quit Smoking Now, Ladies!

  • Women who are smokers or former smokers, as well as those exposed to decades of secondhand smoke, are more at risk for breast cancer after menopause, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Wait, you mean inhaling chemicals is bad for you?! [CBC.ca]
  • Wrap it up, people! Almost half of all men have genital HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted to women, according to a study by the National Cancer Institute. [WebMD]
  • Actress Meryl Streep and To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee were recipients of the National Medal of Arts, along with James Taylor, Quincy Jones and others, at the White House today. [Oh No They Didn't!]

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Fetuses “Testify” On Ohio Abortion Bill

Two fetuses — er, “unborn children,” as anti-abortion folks call them — testified in Ohio today regarding a bill that would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Very funny, Ohio. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” Actress Jane Russell Dies

  • “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Outlaw” actress Jane Russell passed away yesterday in California at age 89. In addition to acting, Jane Russell was a pin-up girl during World War II and a spokeswoman for Playtex bras. [The Wrap]
  • Let’s take a terrifying peek into the group behind the “justifiable homicide” bills regarding the murder of abortion providers that cropped up in South Dakota, among other states. [Mother Jones]
  • Singer/actress/Weight Watchers spokeswoman Jennifer Hudson begs the question, how thin is too thin for a formerly curvaceous woman? [Black Voices]

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