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Significant Part Of Texas Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

Jessica Wakeman / October 28, 2013

Parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas are unconstitutional and will not go into effect, a federal judge has ruled. The laws, expected to be enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that particular provisio… More »


How A Happy Marriage Can Save Your Life

YourTango.com / October 27, 2013

Healthy people aren’t just the happy ones — they’re now the married ones. And if you thought that a significant other was more woe than it was worth, turns out you were painfully mistaken because a mate won’t just keep you happy; they’ll keep you living longer, too. Read more at Your Tango…More »


Most Women Have Never Been Asked About Domestic Violence By Their Doctors

Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2013

A whopping 76 percent of women have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam, according to a shocking new study from More magazine and the Verizon Foundation.  My gyno always asks me about how my partners treat me and yours should, too — let them know you feel this way. [Feministing]… More »


The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

Rachel Krause / October 16, 2013

Let’s get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be a resounding NO. In the name of breast cancer awareness, however, the guys managed to persuade over 100 women into allowing one of them to… More »


Colorado Anti-Choicers Get Enough Signatures For Fetal Personhood Ballot Initiative

Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2013

Anti-abortion activists have been successful in collecting enough signatures to get a fetal personhood ballot initiative for the 2014 election.The initiative will ask voters if they would like to change the definition of a person to include fetuses, or in anti-abortion parlance, the “unborn,” in the state’s criminal code. More »


Flesh-Eating Drug, Krokodil, Making Its Way Across The United States

Rachel Krause / October 11, 2013

We are not discussing crocodiles here, but given that even the most cursory, SafeSearch-on Googling of krokodil yields some of the most vile images you will ever see (DON’T DO IT!!!!), this stock photo of a crocodile will more than suffice. The flesh-eating intravenous drug does, in fact, get its name from the animal, a… More »


California Has A New Law About Abortion & It’s Actually Good

Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday which authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions. It’s the only bill in the country this year that improves access to abortion, not restricts it. [Ms. Magazine]
Disney whine: animating female characters is harrrrrd. [Slate]
Pink-ifying breast cancer makes women take… More »


Rebecca Romijn Introduces The Hand Bra For Breast Cancer Awareness

Rachel Krause / October 9, 2013

Ah, the Hand Bra: I know it well. Granted, I am more familiar with the Rachel Krause Hand Bra than the Rebecca Romijn Hand Bra, but a Hand Bra is a Hand Bra and they all work just the same. Except Rebecca’s version helps to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while mine functio… More »


How An Email Becomes A Life Or Death Situation

Ami Angelowicz / October 8, 2013

You’re sitting in your cubicle at work and you get an email from your boss asking you if you [insert task pertinent to your line of work here]. Your heart plummets into your stomach. Your worst fears are confirmed. You fucked up. You start to sweat. shake, hyperventilate. You briefly consider leaving everything you know… More »


Wife Of Anti-Choice Texas Governor Anita Perry Says Abortion Is “A Woman’s Right”

Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2013

Staunchly anti-abortion Texas Governor Rick Perry is backpedaling like mad after his wife publicly stated she sees abortion “as a woman’s right.” Anita Perry, speaking to reporter Evan Smith in Austin, said, “That’s really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a woman’s right. If they want to do that, that i… More »


New York City Department Of Health Launches New NYC Girls Project

Rachel Krause / October 1, 2013

In the twelve years that Mayor Bloomberg has presided over New York City, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (srsly, that’s for real, MENTAL HYGIENE) has been responsible for quite a few not always-well-received ad campaigns. The words “controversial” and occasionally “insensitive” come to mind — hello, human fat being poured out of aMore »


Congressional Republicans Willing To Let Government Shutdown Over Birth Control In Obamacare

Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013

What’s more important: letting your boss refuse to cover your birth control pills in your health care plan or the jobs of 800,000 federal workers? You guessed right — it’s your boss’s input on your family planning decisions! Oh, Lord, I just can’t anymore with Republicans. [CNN, Washington Post]
India is looking to… More »


“Breaking Bad” Actress Explains Weight Gain

Evil Beet Gossip / September 29, 2013

Anna Gunn plays wife Skyler Grey to Bryan Cranston’s Walter White on one of the most beloved shows (“Breaking Bad”) to ever be on television, and she just won an Emmy, and yet she feels she has to explain herself for gaining weight. Read more at Evil Beet Gossip…More »


Krokodil, Flesh-Eating Drug, Reported In Arizona

A homemade drug that causes severe damage to the flesh of those who use it has reportedly shown up in the U.S.
Previously reported in Russia, Krokodil, a disfiguring and potentially lethal mixture of codeine and hydrocarbons such as oil, paint thinner, gasoline or alcohol, has made its way to Arizona.
According to doctors at… More »


3D Printed Organs May Mean End To Waiting Lists, Deadly Shortages

Dying patients could someday receive a 3D-printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. Such a futuristic dream remains far from reality, but university labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3D-printing technology to build tiny chunk… More »


Widower Of Irish Woman Who Died After Being Refused An Abortion Sues Doctors

Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2013

Praveen Halappanavar, the widower of Savita Halappanavar, the woman who died in an Irish hospital last year after she was refused a medically necessary abortion, is suing the Health Service Executive. Savita, 31, died from septic shock caused by a dying fetus being kept in her womb for several days. Doctors reportedly refused to… More »


7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sex Addiction

Tres Sugar / September 23, 2013

Before Tiger Woods gave his celebrity endorsement to sex addiction, we debated whether it’s an easy excuse or a mental health issue. But now it seems more people are treating it as a serious condition. Sex addiction has gone mainstream in movies like “Shame” and now “Thanks For Sharing,” out today.
We already took a… More »


Frisky Movie Review: “After Tiller” — On Women And The Abortion Providers Who Trust Them

Carrie Nelson / September 23, 2013

A few months ago, I chatted with a newly pregnant friend over ice cream. Eventually, after we exhausted the areas of the politics of maternity leave and the excitement of decorating her baby’s room, our conversation turned to reproductive choice. Specifically, we talked about her decision to terminate her pregnancy if she and her husband… More »


Bruce Jenner’s Latest Nose Bandage Has Nothing To Do With Vanity

The Stir / September 21, 2013

For the last week or so, Bruce Jenner has been walking around with a small bandage on his nose. Now where he’s from in the land of plastic surgery, models, and venti lattes known as Hollywood — that generally means he sprung for a nose job. However, TMZ is reporting that Bruce’s days of too… More »


Pregnant CrossFit Mom Lea-Ann Ellison Inspires Internet Ire For Lifting Weights At Eight Months

Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2013

Pregnancy is one of life’s beautiful passages. It’s also when a pregnant woman can never do anything right, according to some people. The latest mom-to-be to get raked over the coals is Lea-Ann Ellison, 35, of California who was photographed lifting heavy weights as part of her Crossfit training … while eight-and-a-half months pregnant. More »


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