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Chinese Woman Seeks Asylum In The U.S. Over Forced Birth Control

It’s worth a reminder sometimes that the term “reproductive rights” doesn’t just mean the right not not reproduce, like with abortion. Reproductive rights can also mean the right to produce, like in the case of Mei Fun Wong, a Chinese woman seeking asylum in the U.S. because she fears she’ll be persecuted for removing her IUD. Wong, 44, lives in New York City and has been fighting to stay in the U.S. for years. Back in 1991, the Chinese government forced her to get an IUD implanted as part of its one child per family population control policy. Wong said the IUD caused her physical pain, but doctors refused to remove it. She had it secretly removed by a physician she found for herself. When another doctor discovered during a routine exam that the IUD had been removed, the government held her for three days until she agreed to have it re-implanted. She tried to flee to Hong Kong, claiming she wanted to get away from being forced to wear the IUD, and was jailed for four months and fined. Finally, Wong arrived in the U.S. in 2000 — following her husband, who fled to the U.S. after his involvement in Tiananmen Square — had her IUD removed in New York, and now she wants asylum so she can escape the Chinese government’s “menacing” behavior. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: And I Thought My Addictions Were Strange…

Thanks to the new TV show, “My Strange Addiction,” I have nothing to feel ashamed about. The TLC series, which offers rubbernecking shock value, made my own struggles with addiction seem more commonplace. Keep reading »

And The Super Bowl Hair MVP Goes To…

I love football. But sometimes, when watching games, I find myself thinking really girly thoughts that I try to keep to myself, lest I make every guy in the room roll their eyes. Two from last night’s Super Bowl: first, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers have really similar uniform pants, only Green Bay’s are matte yellow while the Steelers’ are a little more of a shiny gold. Both make players’ butts look equally cute. And second, that I would like to bestow the award for Hair MVP to Clay Matthews of Green Bay and Troy Polamalu of Pittsburgh for their majorly long locks, which look awesome under a helmet. In my mind, Polamalu wins, even tough that’s not exactly how the game shook out on the field. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Weekend Edition

Sometimes we nip into the prosecco a bit early on Fridays and don’t get around to our usual tasks. But fear not! I’ve complied a Today’s Lady News: Weekend Edition to get you through the weekend.

  • The landlord of Wichita, Kansas, abortion provider Dr. Mila Means is suing to prevent her from performing abortions in the space Means leases. [Washington Post]
  • The WiFi on the British Columbia ferry service, BC Ferries, blocks access to web sites about sex education and abortion, in addition to pornography and hate sites (which seems a tad more reasonable to block on public transit). [Vancouver Sun]
  • A bill requiring abortion providers to offer patients ultrasound images of their fetuses before terminating a pregnancy has passed the health and human services committee of Arizona’s state House of Representatives. [KPHO]

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Sip An Entire Bottle Of Wine On The Go!

Shockingly, one man discovered that Starbucks’ incredibly huge Trenta cup could fit an entire bottle of wine — with room for milk, even! See this “experiment” in action, after the jump… [via Cockeyed] Keep reading »

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