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Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules Texas Can’t Withhold Funding From Planned Parenthood

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2012
A federal judge ruled today that a new Texas law banning Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds through its Women's Health Program — so targeted because it provides abortion services in addition to cancer screenings, etc. — is unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge noted, "The court is particularly influenced by the potential for immediate… More »


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

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2012
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… More »


Young Mother Dies From 2-Gallon-A-Day Coca-Cola Habit

By: The Huffington Post / April 21, 2012
Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts. Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old, stay-at-home mother of eight from Invercargill, died of a heart attack in February 2010. Fairfax Media reported that a… More »


Finally! Why Women Have More Migraines Than Men

By: Julie Gerstein / April 18, 2012
New evidence has come out on why women suffer from more migraines then men. And this is appropo today because I am having a migraine at this very moment! Yes, yes! It's migraine time, today, so I totally get it when Dr. Andrew Charles, director of the Headache Research and Treatment Program in the UCLA… More »


8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go On A Diet

By: Kate Fridkis / April 16, 2012
It's spring! The trees are blossoming! All six of them! Or maybe that's just on my block. The several tufts of grass are violently green. I suddenly want to buy at least two pairs of gladiator sandals. Because suddenly one doesn't feel like enough. And also, because it's spring, weight-loss advice is blooming. It's everywhere. More »


Kids These Days Just Aren’t Getting Pregnant Like They Used To

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2012
Kids these days! They just aren't getting pregnant like they used to. The birth rate for young women ages 15 to 19 fell to its lowest ever recorded in 2010, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States with the lowest teen birth rates are in the Northeast with Massachusetts,… More »


Girl Talk: I’m A Binge Eater (Sometimes)

By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / April 10, 2012
A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my boyfriend's living room table, alone, in the middle of a weekday afternoon, my laptop open, trying to fend off both a cold and a bad mood. I was frustrated that I couldn't pick amongst the multiple documents I had open that required my urgent attention, and… More »


10 Eco-Friendly DIY Spring Cleaning Ideas

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 9, 2012
Do you smell it in the air? Do you feel it in your bones? It's spring cleaning time! The internet (and when I say "the internet," I mean "Pinterest") is overflowing with DIY cleaning recipes and ideas that make scrubbing your bathtub seem almost fun. But the real bonus? Whipping up your own cleaning solutio… More »


Today In WTF: Bill Comparing Women To Livestock Passes

By: Julie Gerstein / April 5, 2012
Seriously, ladies, what is this fuckery? As we reported earlier, a Georgia bill criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest, has passed Georgia's Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Republican Governor Nathan Deal. This bill has affectionately been referred to as the "women as livestock" bill,… More »


The Soapbox: In Response To Vogue Editor’s Speech On Eating Disorders

By: Rachel Krause / April 4, 2012
Franca Sozzani excels at many things. She is the long-standing editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and, in 1994, she was even made the editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in its entirety. She is acknowledged as a contemporary and collaborator to, among others, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi, unarguably the most influential fashio… More »


Explosive Detonated At Planned Parenthood Clinic In Wisconsin Last Night

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012
UPDATE, 1:40p.m.: Mother Jones is reporting the clinic is "temporarily closed" and the FBI has joined an investigation into the bombing. [Mother Jones] -- An explosive blew up at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin last night at around 7:30 p.m. Police say a homemade bomb was placed on a windowsill outside the… More »


10 Things You Think About When You Are Sick

By: Julie Gerstein / April 2, 2012
I was sick with a crap cold all last week and hopped up on spacey combo of Sudafed and Benadryl (the magic recipe is Sudafed during the day, Benadryl for sleep). It might be the wacky weather, or my generally pathetic immune system, but either way, my brain felt funny and snot-filled. Last week, I… More »


An Open Letter To The Loud Sneezer In My “Office”

By: Anonymous / March 27, 2012
Dear Loud Sneezer In My Office, How are you? Good, I hope. I just wanted to bring something to your attention. Every time you sneeze, the air is momentarily sucked out of the office, and we are swallowed into your black hole of sound. Okay, so the "office" is a coffee shop and you and… More »


Evening Quickies: Kim Zolciak Knocked Up With Baby #4

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 20, 2012
"Real Housewives Of Atlanta" hot mess Kim Zolciak is preggo again with her fourth kid, her second with husband Kroy. Mazel tov! [Dlisted] Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima is also knocked up.  [Just Jared] Kathy Bates beat ovarian cancer eight years ago, she revealed today on Anderson Cooper's talk show.  [US Weekly] Here's a sneak… More »


Idaho To Vote On Bill Forcing Ultrasound Before Abortion

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2012
Idaho's state senate may vote as early as today on a bill that will force women to get a medically unnecessary ultrasound before terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Anti-abortion activists say forcing a woman to have an ultrasound gives her "more information" before an abortion. Pro-choice activists and doctors say this is just another a tactic… More »


Sending Out An S-O-S! My Migraines Are Out Of Control!

By: Julie Gerstein / March 16, 2012
This is what I looked like yesterday in the office, my head ensconced in a scarf, attempting to cradle it slightly from the outside world and at least partially keep the bright light, noise and throbbing pain that is my migraine at bay. Oh, yes, my migraine. The twice or thrice monthly (at least) headache… More »


Kindly Inform Your Ladybusiness That Pap Smear Guidelines Have Changed

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2012
Important news about your vagina: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that instead of annual Pap smears, you can now get screened for cervical cancer every three years. ACOG has actually been saying for awhile that women don't need annual Pap smears, but this recommendation was finally put in writing yesterday by the… More »


Doctors Could Tell Women That Abortion Causes Breast Cancer Under New Hampshire Bill

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2012
Another day, another new height reached in WTF-ery: New Hampshire's state House has advanced a bill that would require doctors to give women "informational materials" before an abortion that "that inform the pregnant woman that there is a direct link between abortion and breast cancer." Even though there isn't. This scare tactic just doesn't goMore »


Fact Or Fiction: ObamaCare’s “$1 Dollar Abortions”

By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 14, 2012
Ridiculously sensational headlines like "$1 Abortions in ObamaCare" and "ObamaCare: Home of the $1 Abortions" are what’s buzzing at the pro-life water cooler today. These headlines would have you believe that under the President's health care reform, taxpayer funding will pay for abortions that cost just a buck. More »


Mitt Romney Promises To “Get Rid Of” Planned Parenthood

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2012
Mitt Romney must think low-income women don't really need breast exams. And those Pap smears that could detect cervical cancer? So frivolous! Surely that's the only thing the GOP frontrunner could have meant when he told folks in Missouri he would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, as well as a number of other programs, to… More »


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