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Today’s Lady News: Teacher Claims She Was Fired From Catholic School For In-Vitro Fertilization

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  • Emily Herx, 31, of Indiana, claims she was fired from teaching at a Catholic school because she and her husband used in-vitro fertilization to get pregnant. IVF is apparently not acceptable according to Catholic teaching. [Huffington Post]
  • Sandra Fluke, who testified before a Congressional committee about the need for religiously-affiliated employers to cover birth control in their health plans, is engaged. In an epic classy move, a Fox News host asked about the engagement, “To a man?” [Talking Points Memo]
  • A company is Birmingham, Alabama, is seeking to purchase an abortion clinic that is scheduled to be closed next month. [AL.com]
  • Terribly sad story out of Harlem: a 13-year-old girl and her mother were both murdered in a domestic violence incident earlier this week. The mother had reportedly asked the killer, her son, to move out because he was not contributing to household expenses. [Gothamist] Keep reading »

British Docs Busted For Offering Female Circumcision (Which Is Illegal And Also Horrible)

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A doctor, a dentist, and an alternative medicine practitioner were all secretly filmed offering to perform or arrange female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the UK Guardian. FGM involves removing all or part of the external female genitalia, and sometimes sewing the opening to the vagina shut. It’s all supposedly for the purpose of making it impossible for a woman to have sex for pleasure and therefore ensuring her “purity” upon marriage.

The so-called “female circumcisions” are performed on girls as young as 5 and is widespread across Africa; you can read more about FGM on the World Health Organization’s web site. Thankfully, human rights and women’s rights activists across the continent are condemning the horrific procedure. As such, both performing FGM and arranging for it to be performed are illegal in the UK. But that doesn’t stop FGM from occurring in the UK: the Guardian claims 100K women in the country have been mutilated. I hope those doctors know FGM carries a 14 year prison sentence and are shaking in their boots/heels. [Guardian UKTelegraph UK]

Today’s Lady News: On Taking Drugs While Pregnant

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  • This week, The New York Times Magazine explores a difficult and complex issue: prosecuting drug-addicted mothers whose drug use harms their fetus in the womb. The piece zeroes in on Alabama prosecutors who are charging drug-addicted mothers, ostensibly to help the mothers, although it often lands the mothers in jail. It’s a big, complicated issue and definitely worth exploring more in depth. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Essence, a lifestyle magazine targeted towards black women, has removed managing editor Michael Bullerdick, a white male, after screengrabs of his Facebook wall showed him making racist comments about Al Sharpton and Barack Obama. [News One]
  • The Senate is discussing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act as we speak. You can learn more about the history of VAWA here. [Feministing]
  • So, this is the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life: 45 completely superficial reasons why Hillary Clinton should run for president in 2016. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Planned Parenthood Believes It’s The Target Of A Sting Operation By Anti-Choicers

Planned Parenthood Federation of America clinics in 11 states have reported a string of suspicious incidents where women come in asking questions about sex-selective abortions, leading the organization to believe it’s being targeted with a “hoax” by an anti-abortion sting operation.

Women claiming to be pregnant came into clinics over two dozen times, asking provocative questions about sex-selective abortion, the Huffington Post reports. (Patient confidentiality prevents PPFA from identifying the clinics.) The women asked questions like how soon they could find out the gender of their fetus and whether they could schedule an abortion if they were expecting a girl. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Celebs Support Lesbian Den Mother Ousted From Boy Scouts

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  • Celebs including Josh Hutcherson from “The Hunger Games” and Jesse Tyler Ferguson from “Modern Family,” have come together in support of a lesbian den mother who was ousted from the Boy Scouts. Jennifer Tyrrell of Ohio, who has four children with her partner, has collected over 125K signatures on Change.org to ask the Boy Scouts of American to end their policy banning LGBTQ den leaders. [New York Daily News]
  • Florida’s governor has vetoed funding for rape crisis centers. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Good move. [Feministing]
  • Taxpayer-funded “crisis pregnancy centers” are still using religion to oppose abortion. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

“The Girl Store” Campaign Sheds Light On India’s Child Marriage Problem

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Today in India is a celebration called Akshaya Tritiya, a Hindu and Jain holy day which is marked by mass marriages. But human rights supporters in India, such as UNICEF, are using the day to draw attention to a less jubilant topic: child brides. Child marriage is officially illegal in India, but that hasn’t stopped too many families from marrying off their young daughters ages 5 to 12 to older “grooms” — which is another way of saying sex slavery. Today, the Wall Street Journal points out one of the more controversial of the anti-child marriage campaigns, called The Girl Store, a website set up to look like an online retailer that advertises “100 percent genuine girls. Young. Innocent. And available. Experience the sensation of buying a girl.” Keep reading »

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