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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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Conservative Women To Honor “Gentlemen” On Campus This March

It’s Women’s History Month, sisters, but you wouldn’t know it based on one women’s group’s plans. The Network of Enlightened Women, a conservative group, is hosting its annual Gentleman’s Showcase on college campuses during the month of March. The Gentleman’s Showcase seeks to honor young men who “behave like gentlemen” based on a set of criteria — both general and specific — explained on NEW’s web site. Young men have been nominated in the past by women because they carried groceries, shoveled snow, opened doors and other so-called “gentlemanly” behavior. There is no prize, per se, but the accolades of conservative women everywhere!

While I don’t know why NEW has to co-opt Women’s History Month for their Gentleman’s Showcase, nor do I agree that traditional gender roles should be enforced on anyone, I don’t inherently think the idea of positively acknowledging “nice guys” on college campuses is a terrible idea. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Science Explains Cat Ladies

  • Science explains everything, even cat ladies. But can science explain sad, creepy, old bachelors, too? [CNN]
  • This weekend, 6,000 men and women — including Amelia! — gathered in New York City for a pro-choice march in support of Planned Parenthood. [Gothamist, Feministing]
  • In a close vote, Wyoming’s House of Representatives killed a bill that would have required women seeking an abortion to be shown a sonogram by a doctor. [KGWN]
  • Alas, alack, human breast milk ice cream sold in London was short-lived. [Black Voices]

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Does The Internet Need A Geek Culture Site For Women?

The Mary Sue, a new geek culture blog, just launched a hot second ago, and in one of the very first posts, a staff blogger explains to readers why a geek site “for women” is really necessary. It was an explanation I needed, frankly, because at first blush, I saw an Oscars roundup and a pic of a little girl dressed as a princess next to an R2-D2 and I wondered what made this site different from existing ladyblogs like The Frisky, Jezebel or The Hairpin — really, what made it needed. (By the way, the phrase “the Mary Sue” is a term used to describe a cliché, idealized female character often found in “dude literature.) After reading Susana Polo’s thoughtful first post, however, I can see why some of the existing spaces online don’t work for many geek girls who dig comics and “Star Trek” more than eyeshadow and “The Real Housewives.” Keep reading »

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