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This Is A Photo Of Eight Men Discussing A Ban On Women’s Reproductive Health

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 25, 2013

Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett snapped this photo Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing regarding a proposed nationwide 20-week abortion ban spearheaded by Republican Rep. Trent Franks. If you look closely, you will see a dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, and yup, one more dude. EIGHT… More »


Republican Politician Shames Woman For Abortion, Said She Should Have Delivered Severely Disabled Baby

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 24, 2013

Yesterday, a woman named Christy Zink testifed before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcomittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice to discuss a bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Zink spoke about her difficult decision in 2009 to have an abortion at 22 weeks after she learned the fetus she… More »


Arkansas Ban On Abortions After 12 Weeks Temporarily Blocked

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2013

A ban on abortions after 12 weeks in Arkansas — the earliest abortion ban in the country — has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. [Politico]
The state government of Illinois has advanced a comprehensive sex ed bill that requires teachers to teach “medically accurate and age-appropriate lesson[s]” on sexual health. What… More »


Kermit Gosnell, Late Term Abortion Provider, Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Murder

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2013

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor whose clinic gained attention for his criminal performance of late-term abortions, was found guilty yesterday of three counts of first-degree murder. He had been accused of killing four babies and one woman, but was found guilty of only three of the babies’ deaths.

Gosnell, 72, operated a… More »


Girl Talk: My OBGYN Visit In Iran

By: Bahar Anooshahr / May 13, 2013

As I am getting ready to leave for the doctor’s office, Auntie Shadi gives me a warning: “Now don’t expect to be seen exactly on time. This is not America.”

“Oh. Ok,” I say, instead of admitting that we don’t necessarily get seen exactly on time for our doctor’s appointment either. During this one-month… More »


North Carolina Pols Actually Thought Requiring Parental Consent For STD Testing Was A Good Idea

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 9, 2013

Thank God somebody in North Carolina’s state legislature has some sense: the Health and Human Services Committee has pulled a bill that would require teens get parental consent for STD testing and treatment, as well as other healthcare. The Republican-controlled committee had advanced the bill on Tuesday, to an explosion of WTF ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? More »


Obama Administration Appealing FDA’s Morning-After Pill Decision

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2013

This is why we can’t have nice things, America.

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced the age to purchase the morning-after pill would be lowered to 15 and it would be available on shelves instead of behind-the-counter. The decision was prompted by a federal judge having struck down the “age-17 and overMore »


FDA Makes Morning-After Pill Available Ages 15 And Up

By: Sarah Gray / May 1, 2013

Ladies, rejoice!  For once, politicians are actually expanding access to contraceptives — sort of! Following a recent court decision — Tummino v. Hamberg – mandating that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to the morning-after pill, the government agency did just that.  Yesterday, the FDA announced two major changes to purchasing the emergency contraceptive:

It… More »


Your Slutty Behavior Is Killing Flowers (Or Something?)

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2013

You probably didn’t know that by taking the birth control pill, you are directly contributing to lethal experimentation, euthanasia, poverty, and crime. Well, this flower/weed graphic discovered by feminist blogger Jessica Valenti on One More Soul, a Christian website promoting chastity until opposite-sex marriage, will set you straight. Only through chastity will you have a… More »


El Salvador Delays On Lifesaving Abortion For 22-Year-Old Mom

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2013

Amnesty International has warned that a 22-year-old woman is going to die if the government of El Salvador does not give her a lifesaving abortion. Abortion is illegal in the country under all circumstances, even to save the life of the mother. More »


MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski Opens Up About Exercise Bulimia

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2013

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski has opened up about an eating disorder she has struggled with throughout her life: exercise bulimia — a compulsion to binge eat food and then overexercise to burn off the calories.

People with exercise bulimia will exercise several times a day, multiple days a week even whe… More »


Domestic Violence Victims Screwed Over By PA Town’s “Three Strikes” Disorderly Behavior Ordinance

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013

Most folks would be happy if their neighbors got evicted after three different “disorderly behavior” instances in less than three months. No one wants to deal with that much partying, dog barking, or loud music, right? But a “three strikes” disorderly behavior ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is now being challenged by the American Civil Libertie… More »


New Sexual Assault Medical Examination Guidelines Issued By Department Of Justice

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013

The Department of Justice issued new national medical guidelines yesterday revising the 2004 standard of care for victims of sexual assault. Instead of focusing on the criminal justice aspect of evidence collection during the medical exams, the emphasis now is to support the victim’s health needs — including offering female victims yemergency contraception or informatio… More »


The Right To Protected Sex: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Condom Possession

By: Sarah Gray / April 23, 2013

Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms.  Yes, condoms.

Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, “Consistent and correct… More »


This Creepy Real-Life Barbie Infographic Makes The Doll Ideal Very Unappealing

By: Rachel Krause / April 23, 2013

In case you had somehow forgotten just how bizarre and unrealistic the Barbie ideal actually is, this new infographic makes the whole crazy thing very, very clear. Check out all of the statistics at the source. [The Fashion Spot via Rehabs.com]… More »


El Salvador Will Not Allow Lifesaving Abortion For Young Mother

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013

A 22-year-old mother of one in El Salvador faces jail time for seeking an abortion on a nonviable pregnancy because her fetus  is developing without a brain. The woman, identified as Beatriz, cannot get an abortion because terminating a pregnancy is illegal in El Salvador under all circumstances, even though the pregnancy is posing… More »


West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

By: Sarah Gray / April 18, 2013

Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school.

According to ThinkProgress.org, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West Virginia threatened… More »


Take Two Tylenol For Your Existential Crisis And Call Me In The Morning

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 17, 2013

In what might be the most wonderful study about existential angst to ever be performed, researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered that the same pill that helps soothe your stress headache may help mitigate the sense of doom you feel when confronting the meaning of life. That’s heavy. Let that sink in. Tylenol… More »


Anti-Abortion Activists Hold First “Leave The Abortion Industry Day”

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

Anti-abortion activists have many approaches to stopping abortion. One is to spread lies about the science around reproductive health. Another is to pressure women to feel guilty for terminating pregnancies, regardless of their reason. Another is to restrict abortion access through the courts. And yet another is to target the employees and property of abortio… More »


Girl Talk: On The Stigma Of Mental Illness In The Asian Community

By: Kelly Kanayama / April 12, 2013

It was a workday of minor annoyances. Everything at my temp job had gone normally, except for a snippy email from IT and a laminator malfunction that forced me to dig out a half-laminated page with a fork.

So why was I crouched in a bathroom stall, hyperventilating, sobbing, and trying not to… More »


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