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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 justMore »


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 »


Marriage May Keep You Alive Longer

By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 11, 2012

As the number of couples walking down the aisle dwindles, science suggests that our generation may be missing out on marriage’s “healing powers.” A study published by the Journal of Health and Social Behavior reveals that adults who’ve tied the knot have a better survival rate after heart surgery. According to Ellen Idler, a sociologist at… More »


Sex With “Younger Ladies” Attributed To Heart Attacks In Cheating Men

By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 11, 2012

Cheaters beware: you may be killing yourself.  A new American Heart Association study finds that men who die of heart attacks were more likely to be cheating. An analysis of 6,000 autopsy reports of people who died of sudden heart attacks (1 percent died while getting it on) found that 90 percent of the people… More »


Girl Talk: I Use Birth Control For Health Reasons

By: Sarah Marian Seltzer / March 9, 2012

One spring afternoon when I was in high school in New York City, I had a bizarre health scare. A friend and I had been lounging by the Hudson River pretending to read and philosophize but really gossiping about our schoolmates — acting exactly our age.

That afternoon, I had miserable symptoms as I alway… More »


How PMS Can Save Your Life

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 8, 2012

Breaking news in the world of snake detection. And no, I’m not talking about trouser snakes. I’m talking about actual snakes. Those slithery things that can kill you, either because you are freaked out to the point of cardiac arrest or because they are poisonous. Those things. A new study found that women are better… More »


Jon Stewart Takes On Rush Limbaugh Over “Slut” Slur

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012

Jon Stewart took on Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” slur on last night’s show and put it best, as always: “Personally, I don’t get too worked up by the things Rush Limbaugh says because he is, and has been for many years, a terrible person.” This is so amazing, I have nothing better to say than put your… More »


Today’s Lady News: 11 Advertisers Drop Rush Limbaugh’s Show

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2012

As of this evening, 11 advertisers, including corporate biggie AOL, have dropped their $$$ from Rush Limbaugh’s show after he called a woman a “prostitute” and “slut” on air. [Think Progress]
Could — and would — Sandra Fluke sue Rush? [The Daily Beast]
Women earn less then men at every education level, according to a new… More »


Today’s Lady News: Women More Likely To Support Obama’s Birth Control Decision

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 29, 2012

Women are more likely than men to support President Obama’s mandate that insurers cover the cost of birth control, according to a new poll of registered voters by Poll Position. Forty-six percent of women supported the mandate, compared to only 37 percent of men. Anyone else surprised these numbers are so low? [UPI]… More »


Carré Otis Gives Her Support To The Model Alliance

By: Rachel Krause / February 29, 2012

For as long as the modeling industry has boomed, there has been tales of abuse exacted upon fashion models. In some ways, it comes with the territory: it’s a business that banks upon barely nubile girls, frequently but not always sourced from poverty-stricken backgrounds in foreign countries, valued solely for their competency as human clothe… More »


Today’s Lady News: More Birth Control Pills Recalled

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 28, 2012

Birth control pills made by Glenmark Generics are being recalled because some of the active/non-active pills have been placed in the wrong order. Check at the link to see if one of your packets of pills has been recalled and use another form of birth control in the meantime! [MSNBC]
An Alabama lawmaker… More »


Today’s Lady News: WA Pharmacies Don’t Have To Sell Plan B, Judge Rules

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 27, 2012

Pharmacies in Washington state are no longer required to carry the morning-after pill/Plan B following a ruling by a district judge. Two pharmacies had claimed that being forced to provide the morning-after pill infringed on their freedom of religion. [Nerve]
Jan Berenstain, the children’s book author who co-wrote The Berenstain Bears series with… More »


I Have Fibroids

By: Caren Lissner / February 24, 2012

When I was 32, I started feeling something heavy in my stomach when I lay in bed at night. Something, I wasn’t sure what, pressing on my bladder. I knew I couldn’t be pregnant, since none of my recent dates had led anywhere special. I reasoned with myself. It was probably a urinary tract infection. I’d… More »


Today’s Lady News: I Think They’re Just Messing With Us Now

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

Oh, look at this all-male TV panel that MSNBC convened to discuss yesterday’s all-male hearing discussion about birth control coverage in healthcare reform
Oklahoma’s state Senate advanced a “fetal personhood” bill on Wednesday that criminalizes all abortion by defining a “person” as the fertilized egg. A bill like this would also criminalize in vitro fertilization,… More »


Girl Talk: Why I’ve Never Been Waxed

By: Kate Fridkis / February 16, 2012

I am the only woman in NYC who has never gotten waxed. This is a fact. If someone collected statistics, the numbers would definitely confirm it.

You could say I’m a bit of a wild woman. My hair is unpredictable, my nail polish is usually mostly chipped off, I can’t do a pantsuit… More »


10 Outrageous Fertility Myths

By: Steph Auteri / February 16, 2012

According to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, young women underestimate their ability to get pregnant, while women in their 30s and 40s overestimate, and continue to wait. Whichever side of the fertility divide you fall on, there way too many myths floating around that have nothing to do with age. Here are 10… More »


Jon Stewart’s Send-Up To The “Holy Sausage Fest” Freaking Out Over Birth Control

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2012

Sean Hannity from Fox News had a whole bunch of dudes — white dudes, black dudes, all dudes — stop by for a big ol’ sausage-fest discussion of the birth control debate. Comparisons between health care reform to getting taken over by the Nazis? Oh, yeah, somebody went there. 

Jon Stewart’s response is on point,… More »


Obama Settles Birth Control Debate, Telling Insurers They Must Pick Up Tab If Employer Won’t

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2012

Every woman will have access to birth control under the Obama administration’s latest decision regarding health care reform, which was meant to appease Catholic bishops who balked at a previous iteration of the rule. White House officials stated on Friday that insurers must create a policy that doesn’t offer coverage of contraceptives that can be used… More »


Who’s Been Called In As “Experts” To Talk Birth Control On Cable News?

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2012

Who’s been called in as “experts” on cable news to discuss the current debate over birth control? More men than women, that’s who. Across all the networks, 91 men appeared to talk about the birth control debate, while only 55 women appeared on-air. The greatest disparity was at the Fox stations, but the “liberal”-leaning network… More »


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