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Frisky Movie Review: “12 & Delaware,” HBO On August 2

Today’s Lady News: Federal Abortion-Funding Ban To Be Introduced In Congress

  • Two House representatives plan to introduce a bill to permanently ban federal funding of abortion. For the past 24 years, a law called the Hyde Amendment has ensured that federal money does not pay for abortions. However, it is a temporary law and has to be passed by Congress each year. The bill introduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) would make the ban permanent. [The Hill]
  • Shirley Sherrod, a former Agriculture Department employee who is African-American, said she plans to sue Andrew Breitbart, a conservative blogger who posted an edited video online which led to her resignation. The video was of a speech in which Sherrod appeared to be saying that she discriminated against a white farmer who needed her help. Breitbart posted the video and Sherrod was asked to resign from her job. However, the full tape indicates that the discrimination was only a thought Sherrod had in her head and she actually helped him. [CNN]
  • YouTube asked the Second City Network, a comedy troupe, to censor a video skit which shows lesbians kissing. Second City uploaded a new “clean” video with a note, “If you think YouTube is homophobic, leave a comment below!” [YouTube]

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Today’s Lady News: “Family Guy” Abortion Episode Will Finally Air — On DVD

  • A “Family Guy” episode in which Lois considers getting an abortion, called “Partial Terms of Endearment,” will be included on a 20th Century Fox DVD release in September. The Fox network had forbid “Family Guy” from broadcasting that particular episode on television. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • President Obama is urging Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will help women sue their employers if they are paid less than their male counterparts. [New York Times]
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by a 13-6 vote. If Kagan is confirmed by the full Senate, she will become the fourth female Justice. [Los Angeles Times]
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Today’s Lady News: Missouri Women Seeking Abortion Must Legally Be Told Life Begins At Conception

  • A Missouri law will go into effect August 28 that requires doctors to give women seeking an abortion a pamphlet that reads, “The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.” The law also requires women to meet in person with a doctor about an abortion before waiting 24 hours for the procedure, whereas previously they could speak on the phone. (Abortion rights supporters say the in-person meeting is intended to make it more difficult for a woman to receive an abortion.) Doctors must also offer women ultrasounds and allow them to hear the fetus’ heartbeat before an abortion. [AP]
  • The “attempted ordination” of women is now listed by the Vatican as a grave crime tantamount to child sex abuse. Both women who are ordained and bishops who conduct the ordinations would be excommunicated. [Guardian UK]

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Today’s Lady News: Judge Blocks Mental Health Screening For Abortion Law

  • A federal judge has blocked a new Nebraska law that would require a mental health screening for a woman who is seeking an abortion. [Journal Star]
  • Ex-Miss America 2008 Kristen Haglund is speaking out about her battle with an eating disorder. Her non-profit, The Kristen Haglund Foundation, provides financial aid for those seeking treatment. [ABC15.com]
  • This week the Department of Veterans Affairs relaxed the proof veterans must provide to receive benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder — but sexual assault was left out entirely. [ColorLines]

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Today’s Lady News: “Friday Night Lights” Teen Character Chooses An Abortion

  • Wow, so “Friday Night Lights” did have an abortion on the show. After getting pregnant by one of the boys on the football team, 10th grader Becky decided to terminate the pregnancy. That makes Becky one of the few female TV characters to actually go through with an abortion instead of accidentally miscarrying at the last second. [New York Times, Feministing]
  • Sarah Palin endorsed Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, calling her “a great commonsense conservative woman.” [AP]
  • Forever 21 is launching a new maternity line, love21maternity, in Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, and Texas. The last three states just happen to have some of the highest percentages of teen pregnancy in the country. Maybe that’s just a coincidence, though? [TheGloss.com]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is writing a memoir! [New York Observer]

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Today’s Lady News: Will There Be An Abortion On “Friday Night Lights”?

  • Last week on “Friday Night Lights,” 15-year-old Becky discovered she was pregnant and considered having an abortion. If she goes through with it in the episode airing tonight, “Friday Night Lights” would be one of the few shows to not pull the “Whoops, she fell down the stairs and miscarried!” card. I’ve never seen “Friday Night Lights,” but I’m curious. So, Frisky readers, tell me what happens tonight in the comments! [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Yesterday, a judge in Massachusetts ruled that the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. The judge declared gays and lesbians whose marriages are recognized by their individual states should have access to the same federal benefits as married straight couples. [Newsweek]
  • Stressed out? A mall in Shenyang, China, has a women-only “frustrating venting” store where ladies smash TVs and other appliances with baseball bats. [The Gloss]

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Today’s Lady News: “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Staff Argues With Anti-Abortion Protestors

  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live”‘s production staff apparently got into a public argument with anti-abortion protesters demonstrating on the streets of L.A. There’s a kind of boring video of the heated encounter, although it’s NSFW due to salty language. [Media Bistro]
  • Lilith Fair, the festival for women musicians, has dropped 10 dates due to poor sales. Well, duh, because you’re charging $250 but you have “artists” like Selena Gomez performing. [Reuters]

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The Myth That Abortion Causes Breast Cancer Is Circling Yet Again

Some rumors just don’t go away: Richard Gere shoved gerbils up his butt. The Clintons had their enemies whacked. Abortion causes breast cancer.

A recent study of 300 women from the University of Columbo in Sri Lanka alleges that having an abortion triples a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. News of this study is primarily being reported (surprise, surprise) on anti-abortion web sites. But it has also made its way onto major news sites, like the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Keep reading »

Former Scientologists Say The Church Pressured Them To Get Abortions


Not that we ever thought particularly good things about the Church of Scientology and their Xenu-fearing ways, but this new report from the St. Petersburg Times is particularly disturbing. While members of the Sea Org—the highest order of Scientology whose members supposedly sign an employment contract for one billion years—have been allowed to marry each other since 1996, they’ve been banned from having children. Why? Because kids distract from their duties to the church. And thus, women who get pregnant in the elite organization are allegedly pressured into having abortions. In the video above, three former Sea Org women tell their stories of being arm-twisted into abortions. They say that women who continued their pregnancies, and the husbands who stood up for them, were given harsh manual labor and were referred to as “degraded beings.” Keep reading »

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