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Anti-Abortion Extremists Try To Trick Planned Parenthood In A Fake Sex-Trafficking Sting

Another day, another story about abortion rights that will make you want to vomit. Yesterday, anti-abortion activist Live Action released an edited video of “sting operations” at Planned Parenthood, which show hired actors playing a pimp and an underage prostitutes. The footage, which was secretly taped throughout January, allegedly shows Planned Parenthood counseling a man who says he needs to speak privately about getting STD treatments for some young girls, some of whom are portrayed as illegal immigrants or as young as 14. In one of the videos, the Planned Parenthood employee seems to suggest the girl could lie about her age to get services. In total, actors claiming to be sex traffickers visited 12 clinics in Virginia, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Arizona and in all the cases, Planned Parenthood contacted the local authorities afterwards to warn about sex trafficking. Eventually, the organization caught on to the fact they were being hoaxed and penned a letter to the U.S. Attorney General on January 18 suggesting they were being had by an anti-abortion group. The FBI has now been asked to probe into the “sting” activities. Keep reading »

How Kinky Is Your State?

How kinky is your state? Holla, Midwest! Whatchu been up to in the boudoir? Do share. [Animal New York]
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Today’s Lady News: How Does Your State Fare On Abortion Rights?

  • Where does your state stand on abortion rights? This post gives a state-by-state rundown of anti-abortion bills in all 50 states. [Ms. Magazine]
  • The senior human resources manager at Toshiba America Inc. has filed a $100 million gender bias lawsuit against the company. She claims the company pays women less than men for the same job and steers men towards the promotions. I guess as a human resources manager, she would know. [Yahoo]
  • A lesbian couple who was banned from a pep rally in the Anoka-Hennepin school district in Minnesota has settled their discrimination of sexual orientation lawsuit. [Queerty]

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Having Trouble Getting Knocked Up? Visit A Medical Clown!

Talk about a silly study. Women who have had trouble getting pregnant and have resorted to using in vitro fertilization can increase their chances of conception by spending just 15 minutes with a “medical clown.” Yeah. A medical CLOWN. Researchers studied 229 Israeli women undergoing IVF and found that those who spent a 1/4 of an hour with Bozo had a success rate of 36 percent, compared to just 20 percent of those who didn’t visit the circus (I kid). So what in the name of Barnum & Bailey is a medical clown? Apparently, you can only get a degree in this specialty in Israel, but practitioners take courses in nursing and focus on distracting patients from pain or stress using humor. This particular study likely proves that “reduced stress, caused by laughter, could increase the chance that the injected embryo will successfully make its way into the womb.” Or, um, maybe the embryo has read Stephen King’s IT one too many times? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Barbara Bush Makes A PSA Supporting Gay Marriage


Barbara Bush is best known for getting busted trying to use a fake ID while her papa was still in the White House. But with this new public service announcement supporting gay marriage, she may just change that. Barbara now lives in New York and is the president of a health nonprofit, Global Health Corps. And is it just me, or does she have really pretty blue eyes? Her mom, Laura Bush, is also an advocate for gay marriage. Could you guys not have decided this when you lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and had a little more sway? [Newser] Keep reading »

The 28-Day Meditation Challenge: Can Focusing On Breathing Change Your Life?

I am the opposite of new-agey. I have only gone to a psychic once, in New Orleans, and tuned out immediately when it was obvious that homegirl had no idea what she was talking about. I have never been very interested in horoscopes, mostly because the attributes ascribed to my sign, Taurus—stubborn, down-to-earth, bullheaded—never seemed particularly embraceable. And neither Madonna‘s biceps nor all my friends who adore it have been able to convince me to try yoga—mostly because my parents are devotees (in fact, my dad quit his job as a stockbroker to teach yoga) and whatever your parents do just isn’t cool. So when Sharon Salzberg, a friend of a friend and a meditation teacher for more than 30 years, asked me to be part of the 28-day meditation challenge outlined in her new book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, for the month of February, I wanted to run. Like, fast. Keep reading »

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