Idaho Woman Challenges Anti-Abortion “Fetal Pain” Law

Earlier this year, a woman named Jennie Linn McCormack, 33, from Idaho, was charged with using abortion pills she bought over the Internet to terminate her pregnancy. When she realized she could not afford to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for a surgical abortion at a clinic, McCormack purchased pills online from a health care provider. She ended her pregnancy on December 24, 2010, when she was between 20 and 21 weeks of pregnancy; police found a fetus in a box in her home. In doing so, this unemployed mother of three broke a 1972 Idaho law which stipulates that a woman cannot terminate her own pregnancy. The case was dismissed due to lack of evidence. (Had she been found guilty, she could have faced up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.) But McCormack is up for a challenge: she is now suing in federal court, claiming the state’s restrictions on abortion violate the Constitution. Keep reading »

The Good, The Bad & The WTF: “Jersey Shore,” After The Violence

When we last left off with “Jersey Shore,” Ronnie and Mike got into a screaming match about Ron’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Sammi and Ronnie beat Mike to a pulp, sending him to the hospital. At least, that’s what it looked like thanks to MTV’s editing. It’s true that Mike and Ronnie — whom I will henceforth refer to as Testoster-Ronnie — had a brawl. But we came to find out in this week’s episode that all is not what it seemed.

Spoilers (and lots of disturbing Ronnie/Sammi abuse) after the jump… Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Losing My Religion

Recently, while sitting in the kitchen as a friend helped me dye my hair, the topic turned to death. We had both experienced close friends dying in our early twenties, and we were discussing how we dealt with it. I sat facing away from her, as she checked the foils on my hair. “I just have to think that they are in a better place, in heaven,” she said.

I thought about those words for a minute. Then I replied, “For me, it soothes me to know there is no after-life. Like, there is completion in it. They are gone, that was their life, and it’s okay. I don’t have to worry about seeing them again. It’s been helpful to really process their death and know they are gone.”

My friend was intrigued. “I’d never thought about it that way,” she said.

The truth was I hadn’t always either. I identify as an atheist now. But I haven’t always. Keep reading »

Sebastian Bach’s House Trashed In Hurricane Irene

“Somewhere under this water is a KISS pinball machine & 2 gargoyles from the Dynasty tour. If you see them floating past your house, they’re mine. Or at least they were … Hello, Los Angeles. Hello, New Life. Here I Am. It’s time for a new start.”

—Sebastian Bach of Skid Row posts to Facebook about the crazy damage Hurricane Irene inflicted on his house in New Jersey. Apparently, a reservoir near his place overflowed, sending a bridge and tons of water knocking into his garage. Lots of Sebastian’s Skid Row and other rock memorabilia is now missing. But apparently, he is taking the damage in strides and using it as an opportunity to move. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Kids, Dad Gang Up To Sue Mom For “Bad Mothering”

Michael Lohan ain’t got nothing on Kimberly Garrity in the bad parenting department. The many grave and terrifying abuses inflicted upon her children include a sending a birthday card without money inside, failing to send care packages to her son at college, and calling her daughter at midnight on Homecoming to tell her to come home. She even forced one of her kids to wear a seat belt.

Clearly you can understand why her two children, Steven, 23, and Kathryn, 20, sued Garrity for $50,000 citing “bad mothering.” Keep reading »

New K-Y Commercial Features A Lesbian Couple

I do a lot of grumping and grousing here at The Frisky. But when companies do something awesome, I like to give credit where credit is due. K-Y jelly has some new commercials going on the air in September for it’s K-Y Intense lube and one of them features a lesbian couple. (They’re actors.) The two women are shown in their bedroom talking about their great relationship and then under the covers, post-sex. As blogger Vanessa Valenti wrote on Feministing, “It’s perhaps the only ad I’ve seen referring to lesbians having sex that doesn’t portray them as oversexualized, objectified and not really gay but just performing for dudes’ pleasure.” I couldn’t have put it better. Good job, K-Y, and may your K-Y Intense lubricant be just as amazeballs as you claim! [YouTube via Feministing] Keep reading »

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