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Abortion Is Why There’s No Money For Social Security, Says Politician

“The Social Security system, in my opinion, is a flawed design, period. But having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends … we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion. … [My wife and I] have seven children, so we’re doing our part to fund the Social Security system.”

— Quick, ladies, go have some babies! Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum blames legal abortion — yes, abortion — for Social Security being such a mess. Good one, Senator. Did it ever occur to you we’d have to feed, clothe and educate all those youngsters, too? Ever consider how footing those bills might set the country back? This silliness is only slightly less entertaining than the Tennessee Kentucky senator who asked why, if women can have abortions, he can’t have a super toilet. [The Hill] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Virginia’s Abortion Clinics Are Totally Screwed

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Ohio passes "Heartbeat Bill" to criminalize abortion at 6 or 7 weeks. Read More »
  • Virginia’s governor has signed into law a bill which requires abortion clinics meet the same regulations as hospitals — despite the fact they offer different types of services. Abortion rights supporters say the bill is an attempt to thwart women’s access to abortion. Seventeen of the state’s 21 clinics may need to shut down before they are up to par with the hospital-like regulations now required. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Journalists covering the Walmart sexual discrimination lawsuit say justices don’t seem supportive of the class-action lawsuit filed by former female employees. Oh, joy. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Mexico provided its state employees a 92-page manual on how to avoid sexist language in the workplace, such as asking women, “If you want to work, why did you have children?” or saying “You’re prettier when you keep quiet.” Um, can we get one of those over here? [Daily Mail UK]

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Today’s Lady News: Remembering Geraldine Ferraro, Catholic Abortion Rights Supporter

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  • Geraldine Ferraro, who died this weekend, made headlines as the first-ever woman to be nominated for vice president by a mainstream political party. But Geraldine Ferraro should also be remembered for being a practicing Catholic who also supported keeping abortion legal. [AlterNet]
  • Saudi women will not be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia’s municipal elections being held in September. [Reuters]
  • A 33-year-old female airline passenger claims she was stopped at LaGuardia Airport last week after she cleared security and was allegedly subjected to a full-body patdown by a female TSA agent, including on her breasts, thighs and crotch. The TSA says they are looking into the incident. [Gothamist]

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Ladies, You Could Be Aborting The Next First Black President

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San Fransisco smacked CPCs for misleading women about abortion. Read More »

Guilt-inducing anti-abortion tactics know no bounds. A Life Always billboard in Chicago being unveiled tomorrow will depict Barack Obama‘s face and the warning, “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.” Ladies, carry to term the pregnancy you don’t want/can’t afford/will be irreparably harmed by because your future child might be the next president! (No doubt this ad is trying to appeal to black women, whom are relentlessly targeted with billboards claiming abortion is some kind of black genocide perpetuated by pro-choice racists, or something.) Alas, by that rock solid logic, you could also be aborting the next Adolf Hitler. Or Josef Stalin. Or Pol Pot. Or Trujillo. Or … well, you get the idea. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

What Really Happens Inside A “Crisis Pregnancy Center”? Slate Explains

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San Fransisco smacked CPCs for misleading women about abortion. Read More »

Yesterday, I talked about Florida’s “Woman’s Right To Know Act,” which sounds all lovely and innocuous but is actually this Orwellian-named, anti-abortion bill that would require women, including rape and incest victims, to see an ultrasound of their fetus before an abortion. Oh. Ugh. So-called “crisis pregnancy centers” — which can also be called innocuous-sounding “pregnancy help centers” or “pregnancy care centers” — take the cake for Orwellian names. America’s 3,000+ CPCs portray themselves as “clinics” to help women with unwanted pregnancies. However, they are often run by and/or almost entirely bankrolled by anti-abortion activists or Christian groups and despite occasionally owning an ultrasound machine, have no medical professionals on staff. As Slate.com’s Explainer, um, explains, a 2006 investigation by Congress even found some CPCs tell women over the phone that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, which a lil’ something called the National Cancer Institute says is not true. Keep reading »

Florida Wants Women To View Ultrasound Before An Abortion

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San Fransisco smacked CPCs for misleading women about abortion. Read More »

The “Woman’s Right to Know Act” sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it? Of course women have a right to know! Alas, when it comes to restricting abortion access, it’s never innocuous.

The “Woman’s Right to Know Act,” passed by a Florida House subcommittee on Tuesday, would require women to view an ultrasound of her fetus before an abortion, or sign paperwork saying she had been offered the ultrasound but refused to see it. Rape and incest victims would have to provide proof that a crime had been committed against them if they wanted to opt out. Because, you know, making some poor teen girl prove she was impregnanted by her father is so compassionate and all. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Defunding Planned Parenthood “Goes Too Far,” Says Sane, Reasonable Politician

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  • Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) released a statement disagreeing with the House Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood because the clinics provide abortion, saying that eliminating all funding for family planning services “goes too far.” Stop making me like you, Scott Brown! [Boston.com]
  • Women hold less than one-third of decision-making positions in the media, according to a new survey by the International Women’s Media Foundation, an advocacy group. The IWMF looked at 522 print, broadcast and radio institutions and found that women held 39 percent of managerial positions, 27 percent of leading managerial roles (like CEO) and 26 percent of governing board roles. [Bloomberg]
  • Soul and disco singer Loleatta Holloway died yesterday at age 64. Loleatta’s hit song, “Love Sensation,” came out in 1980. [Spinner]

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South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Requiring 72-Hour Wait, “Counseling,” Before Abortion

South Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota. What are we doing to do with you? Governor Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, has signed an extreme bill that will require women seeking an abortion to wait three whole days after meeting with her doctor for the procedure to be performed. This law will now be the longest waiting period in the nation. The bill also requires women receive pre-abortion “counseling” from so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which are anti-abortion groups that try to dissuade women from terminating pregnancies at all costs. A court challenge is expected imminently. But nevertheless, it’s a shameful day for women’s reproductive rights in America. [Reuters, NPR] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Pregnant Woman Who Attempted Suicide Charged With Murder

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San Fransisco smacked CPCs for misleading women about abortion. Read More »
  • Bei Bei Shuai of Indiana attempted suicide in December and lived. But Bei Bei was pregnant when she ingested rat poison while attempting to end her life. Her baby was born alive, but taken off life support after birth. Now Bei Bei is being charged with feticide because her suicide attempt may have contributed to the baby’s death. What a sticky wicket this one will be. [Care2.com]
  • Six former and current female employees have filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, claiming the workplace was hostile to working mothers. The lawsuit claims managers made negative comments about women taking pregnancy leaves and one even said publicly that he needed to stop hiring women of childbearing age. [NorthJersey.com]
  • Are rich, white, gay couples considered more “acceptable” than poor, single moms — especially of color? [ColorLines]

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Today’s Lady News: Idaho Wants To Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

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San Fransisco smacked CPCs for misleading women about abortion. Read More »
  • Idaho’s state senate committee advanced a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Anti-abortion foes claim that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks gestation, although that is disputed by medical professionals. [MSN]
  • Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denies prosecutors’ claims that he paid for sex with 33 prostitutes over the course of two months, saying “33 girls in two months seems like too much even for a 30-year-old.” Heh. [New York Times]
  • NASA’s launched a web site to honor women’s contributions to space exploration. [Space.com]

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