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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 »

Today’s Lady News: Abortion By Computer?

  • Abortion providers in Des Moines, Iowa are using videoconferencing — or “telemedicine” — to administer RU-486, the abortion pill. Women can sit next to a nurse at a clinic and with a click of the mouse, the doctor can open a drawer to provide her a dosage. Opponents of abortion rights say administering the abortion pill via telemedicine could compromise women’s safety. Abortion rights supporters say using telemedicine for RU-486 helps women who live in rural areas where clinics don’t exist — in part because of opponents’ activism to shut them down. [New York Times]
  • Next week, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval for a new type of emergency contraception, called ellaOne, which can be taken up to five days after sex. Currently, doctors advise women who have had unprotected sex to take the existing form of E.C., called Plan B, up to three days after sex. [Salon.com Broadsheet]
  • Chris Brown had to postpone a concert in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this week after he was denied a visa following his assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna, last year. Said a government official, “We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offense. Public safety is one of our primary concerns.” [The Sun UK]

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13-Year-Old Pennsylvania Girl Gives Herself An Abortion

A 13-year-old in Pennsylvania was hospitalized this weekend after giving herself a “home abortion” with a pencil last Wednesday. Police say the girl, whose identity is being kept secret due to her age, became violently ill for three days, had contractions and allegedly delivered a stillborn before she received medical care. Keep reading »

This Is The Abortion Ad British Pro-Lifers Got So Upset About

Marie Stopes International, a women’s reproductive health care organization in Britain that is similar to America’s Planned Parenthood, ran a commercial on British TV on Monday night that had everyone aflutter. What, pray tell, was the problem? Could it be shocking imagery, like the images of bloody, aborted fetuses which can regularly be seen in public on sidewalks, on college campuses, and outside abortion clinics?

In fact, the commercial shows a couple of melancholy-looking women as the words “Are you late?” flash on screen and a voice-over says, “If you’re pregnant and not sure what to do, Marie Stopes International can help.” Very radical and crazy stuff, I know.

Do you think Marie Stopes International’s ad is more or less effective than an anti-abortion ad like the ones starring Tim Tebow and his mom, Pam Tebow, for the conservative group Focus On The Family, which ran during the 2009 Super Bowl? [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Virginia School Tries To Figure Out Who Gave “Fetus Dolls” To Kids

  • Wow, this will be one interesting faculty meeting: an employee at Oakwood Elementary School in Virginia was placed on administrative leave last Thursday after it was discovered that 4-inch-tall plastic human fetus dolls were handed out to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. Apparently, the fetus dolls, which were not instruction materials meant for class, were handed out over the past few months and came attached with a “pro-life” message and information on the first 12 weeks of fetal growth. Oakwood’s principal has also been placed on leave while an investigation takes place. [HamptonRoads.com]
  • Sarah Palin is still saying she might run for president. Or more specifically: “I’m not going to close any door that perhaps would open.” [Gawker]

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Today’s Lady News: Laura Bush Is Pro-Choice And Supports Gay Marriage

  • Appearing on “Larry King Live,” former First Lady Laura Bush — who is promoting her memoir — confirmed that she is both pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. Awesome!
  • Is “Emma the Amish Model,” who appeared on “Howard Stern” this week, captivated the internet simply because of her extreme “good girl gone bad” story? [Broadsheet]
  • New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has forced American Eagle Outfitters to change their employee rules, including one rule which banned cross-dressing. This decision came after a trangender rights group complained that the brand has shown a pattern of discriminatory behavior and attitudes toward transgender employees and applicants. [NY Daily News]

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