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What The Hell Is An “Unbortion”?

Today in Anti-Abortion Activists Making Up Medical Terms That Don’t Actually Exist And Aren’t Used By Doctors News: the “unbortion.” (For past reference see: partial-birth abortion.”) What’s an “unbortion,” you ask? An “unbortion” is what Resurrection Medical Center, a Roman Catholic hospital in Chicago, calls it when anti-abortion activists persuade a woman who is partway through terminating a pregnancy to halt the procedure and carry the pregnancy to term. According to Time magazine — which published the only article on “unbortions” that I’ve ever seen — four women were persuaded to halt their abortions, but doctors only went along with it in three of the cases.

Oh, and did I mention that “unbortion” is a complete anti-abortion activist fabrication and isn’t an actual medical term used by doctors? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lots Of Boobs At The Smithsonian On Saturday

  • Breastfeeding moms are holding a “nurse-in” at the Hirschorn Museum at the Smithsonian on Saturday after a woman who sat on a bench to nurse her daughter in January was told by a security guard to go feed the baby in the bathroom. A 1999 federal law states “a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a federal building or on federal property, if the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be present at the location.” Washington, D.C. also has the Child’s Right To Nurse Law, which allows a mother to breastfeed her baby in public. The museum has since apologized, both publicly and privately, and said it will welcome the “nurse-in” this Saturday. [NBC Washington]
  • Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health discussed the “Protect Life Act,” which would prohibit federal funding for abortion under health care reform (which is already technically the case) and would also stop funding from being withheld from groups that refuse to provide abortions. Rep. Joe Pitts, a Republican from Pennsylvania, introduced the bill. Fellow Republicans say the bill would close up loopholes that enable abortion, while Democrats say the bill is a ploy to chip away at a woman’s right to choose. [Washington Post]

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How To Stop Women From Having Sex

“To give [anti-abortion] campaigners more time to enjoy life instead of making stunt videos that have no point, here is a cut-out-and-keep list on how to stop women having sex, guaranteed:

  1. Chop off genitals at birth. They can have them reattached at their heterosexual
    wedding, in between the cake and the throwing of the bouquet.
  2. Force all teenagers to watch their parents having sex. Effective, although there is a risk they will never have sex again and the human race will die out.
  3. Rearrange human biology so that it’s men who get pregnant. It might not end verboten sexual relations, but it will probably put an end to old white guys trying to ban abortion and targeting the most vulnerable women, from rape victims to the needy poor, in the worst circumstances.

— British journalist Hadley Freeman‘s tounge-in-cheek suggestions for better ways that anti-abortion extremist groups like Live Action can use their time rather than playing “gotcha!” with Planned Parenthood by secretly videotaping them in stunt videos with fake pimps and prostitutes. Hadley suggests, quite rightly, that as much as some anti-abortion extremists are against abortion, they seem to just be plain against women having non-procreative sex, period. I recommend her whole article; it’s a good read! [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: The House Takes Aim At Planned Parenthood

  • Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed in a draft of a bill that $327 million be cut in funding for Planned Parenthood. The funding does not go towards abortion, but instead towards other family planning services, like birth control and cancer screenings. [Mother Jones]
  • Meet the ladies who were computers — a job title, not a gadget — during World War II. [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Ohio Lawmaker Suggests No Abortion If You Can Hear A Heartbeat

  • Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican state representative from Ohio, will introduce a “Heartbeat Bill” on Wednesday that will criminalize abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat. [KFOR]
  • The CEO of Deutsche Bank, Josef Ackermann, said more women would add color and beauty to his boardroom. Because that’s what we’re here for: to look pretty for you, sir. [Sky News]
  • Barriers keeping women from scientific fields include the pressure to balance a career and family and discouragement from an interest in science at a young age, according to a new study out of Cornell University. [UPI]

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Swedish Taxi Boss Emailed Staff Pix Of Secretaries In G-Strings For Christmas

Most inappropriate Christmas card ever: the boss of a Swedish taxi company emailed holiday greetings to his staff featuring pictures of the company’s secretaries’ bottoms as they bent over in g-strings. According to IceNews, the Orebo taxi boss asked employees to match the secretary to the ass depicted in the photo in a multiple-choice quiz.”We couldn’t believe it. It was not even funny,” a female employee told Swedish newspaper, Nerikes Allehanda. The boss is now being investigated for sexism by the transport workers’ union, who first learned of the email after Christmas (although I wonder if the meaning of “sexism” and “sexual harassment” were lost in translation). And I’m sure you’ll be shocked — shocked! — to hear this guy has allegedly been accused of inappropriate behavior in the past. Try to keep your “Secretary” fantasies out of the office, people. [IceNews] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bristol Palin’s Memoir Coming This Summer

  • Bristol Palin’s memoir is set for publication in summer of 2011. Yes, her memoir. Damn, why don’t I ever hear about these kinds of ghostwriting gigs? Actually, I don’t think I could ghostwrite whatever party line Bristol’s going to tow about abstinence with a straight face. [Gawker]
  • The Protect Life Act, introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), would allow doctors to choose whether or not to save the life of a pregnant woman over that of her fetus. Be afraid. Be very afraid. [Feministing]
  • “The View”‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck called Bill Maher a “chauvinist bigot” after he said that in exchange for Egypt releasing detained journalist Lara Logan, they should put her “hotness” on an airplane back to the U.S. and get shipped Hasselbeck instead. [Oh No They Didn't]

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Today’s Lady News: Weekend Edition

Sometimes we nip into the prosecco a bit early on Fridays and don’t get around to our usual tasks. But fear not! I’ve complied a Today’s Lady News: Weekend Edition to get you through the weekend.

  • The landlord of Wichita, Kansas, abortion provider Dr. Mila Means is suing to prevent her from performing abortions in the space Means leases. [Washington Post]
  • The WiFi on the British Columbia ferry service, BC Ferries, blocks access to web sites about sex education and abortion, in addition to pornography and hate sites (which seems a tad more reasonable to block on public transit). [Vancouver Sun]
  • A bill requiring abortion providers to offer patients ultrasound images of their fetuses before terminating a pregnancy has passed the health and human services committee of Arizona’s state House of Representatives. [KPHO]

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Magazine Byline Breakdown Shows The Ratio Favors Men

Men outnumbered women two-to-one in the nation’s news, culture and literary magazines in 2010 — and in some cases the discrepancy was much, much worse. VIDA, an organization for women in the literary arts, counted all the bylines in mags like The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The New Republic and lit journals like Paris Review, Tin House, Granta, and Poetry for analysis. Literary journals Paris Review, Granta and Poetry were the most egalitarian, with a still-not-great two men’s bylines for every byline by a woman. The worst offender? The New York Review of Books, abysmally, published six bylines by men for every one byline by a woman. Pfffffffft. Keep reading »

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