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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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Dear Wendy: “Should I Tell My Former Fling I’m Pregnant?”

I am a 19 year-old college student who two weeks ago had a pregnancy test come up positive even though I always use birth control when I have sex. I went in to Planned Parenthood and they said that my test was negative, but that they MIGHT see something on the ultrasound so I am probably just under five weeks along. I want to get an abortion and I have no hesitation, but I am unsure if I should tell the guy. He is and was a good friend of mine and we slept together a couple times on a whim over spring break (always sober or basically sober). I decided not to continue it because a friend of mine (who also had a brief fling with him) confessed that she had real strong feelings for him and I didn’t want to get into the middle of it. Now, do I tell the guy that I am most likely pregnant? I am getting the abortion next week, and it might be nice to have my guy friend with me, but I don’t want to ruin any chance my girlfriend has at a relationship with him. Also, I doubt he would be pro-life but we have never really talked about it. What do I do? — Expecting the Unexpected

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Italians Claim Premature Baby Lived Through Abortion

The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that three separate investigations have been launched after a claim that this weekend, a premature baby survived an abortion at 22 weeks (or about five months). Allegedly, Rev. Antonio Martello, a hospital chaplain at Rossano Calabro Hospital in Calabria, was praying in front of the infant’s body 20 hours after the abortion and witnessed it breathing. Martello then said he alerted doctors, who took the baby to a neonatal unit at a different hospital where it allegedly died on Monday. Now legal authorities are investigating the alleged botched abortion as possible manslaughter.

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Today’s Lady News: Oklahoma Pols Override Governor’s Vetoes On Scary Abortion Bills

  • The Oklahoma Legislature voted today to override two vetoes on bills restricting abortion, which Governor Brad Henry had vetoed last week. One bill requires a doctor to show a woman who wants an abortion an ultrasound and describe the development of the fetus, with no exception for rape and incest victims. The second bill protects doctors from malpractice lawsuits if they do not tell the parents that the fetus has birth defects. Gov. Henry said the first bill was an intrusion into a woman’s privacy and called the second bill immoral. Two other abortion-related bills are still working their way through OK’s legislature. [New York Times]
  • Did you know there are “chick cars” and “dude cars”? Automotive industry experts say accelerator and break pedals are now being made with womens’ high heels in mind and the 2010 Chevy Equinox comes with a spacious center console for a purse (although if you’re a dude, the salesman might tell you it’s for “a laptop”). A General Motors spokesman also said a back-up camera display in the rear-view mirror will be helpful for people who have trouble parallel parking, which we’re supposed to infer means women. Annoying. [Wheels.ca]

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Protesting Abortion Rights: There’s An App For That!

You have to hand it to the American Life League (an anti-abortion organization) for coming up with a clever way to draw attention to their cause: they thought up the dumbest name for an iPhone app, ever. The “Yo, Where’s The Shirt?” app is part of the group’s second annual Photo Scavenger Hunt. Smart phone-wielding abortion opponents can upload pictures of themselves wearing a T-shirt with a “pro-life” slogan (ALL sells ones that read “It’s OK To Be Pro-Life” or “Abortion Kills A Person”) to earn “points” for engaging in various activities. Keep reading »

Hmm, Do You Think Your Reproductive Rights “Don’t Need Defending”?

Hey, Newsweek subscribers, brace yourselves for a really annoying article in the upcoming April 26th issue: We young folks are “lukewarm” on reproductive rights and “don’t think abortion rights need defending.” Keep reading »

Attack Of The Killer Pregnant Women!

On Tuesday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow a pregnant woman to use deadly force if someone threatens the life of her or the fetus she is carrying. It’s apparently based on a case — in Michigan, mind you — where a pregnant woman was convicted of manslaughter after she killed her boyfriend, who was trying to kill her. Section 2 of the bill sponsored by Republican Jeanie Riddle reads:

2. A person may not use deadly force upon another person under the circumstances specified in subsection 1 of this section unless: (1) He or she reasonably believes that such deadly force is necessary to protect himself, or herself or her unborn child, or another against death, serious physical injury, or any forcible felony …

Now, I am well aware that pregnant women — especially those in abusive relationships to begin with — sometimes lose their lives to their partners. Scott and Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed, would be the most famous example of this. (Thanks to Frisky reader @ShelbyKnox for pointing out to us on Twitter that homicide is the number one cause of death for pregnant women.) But I smell a big, stinky anti-abortion rat here … Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Nebraska To Require Mental Health Screening For Abortion

  • Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill today that will require mental health screening for women seeking an abortion. The language of the bill specifies doctors need to ascertain whether a woman has been pressured into ending her pregnancy. The bill is expected to receive Gov. Dave Heineman’s signature soon. [Washington Post]
  • Mattel, Inc., the maker of Barbies, says a coordinated effort by adult female computer programmers flooded the Barbie.com vote for the doll’s next career. Little girls voted for Barbie’s next career to be “news anchor.” But a viral campaign from GeekGirlCamp.com that implored adults, “Please help us in getting Barbie to get her Geek on!” helped make “computer engineer” Barbie’s next job. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Maternal deaths have dropped in the past 18 years, from half a million per year in 1980 to less than 350,000 in 2008. It’s not all good news, though. More than half of all new moms died in six countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [BBC]

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Quotable: Ellen Page Talks “Juno,” Abortion, And White Dudes

“You all need to calm down. People are so black and white about this. Because she kept the baby everybody said the film was against abortion. But if she’d had an abortion everybody would have been like, ‘Oh my God.’ I am a feminist and I am totally pro-choice, but what’s funny is when you say that people assume that you are pro-abortion. I don’t love abortion but I want women to be able to choose and I don’t want white dudes in an office being able to make laws on things like this. I mean what are we going to do — go back to clothes hangers?”

Ellen Page on the controversy surrounding her role in “Juno” [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lilith Fair Drops Reproductive Rights Group Off Charity List

  • Lilith Fair has dropped the National Abortion Rights Action League Pro-Choice North Carolina, as well as several so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” from its Choose Your Charity Contest. Four days ago, the women’s music festival listed NARAL, several maternity homes, and several CPCs, as potential grantees of the charity contest. Abortion supporters complained, saying that CPCs (which often are located near abortion clinics) provide inaccurate information to women to dissuade them from having an abortion. Today, Lilith Fair announced it would be dropping the CPCs, as well as NARAL, from the list. However, at least one women’s health center that provides abortion was left on the list. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Next week, Austin, Texas, will consider a proposed ordinance for so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” which will require them to notify visitors that they don’t make referrals for contraception or abortion. If the ordinance passes, Austin would become the second city, after Baltimore, Maryland, to require CPCs to clarify that they do not provide medical services. [Austin Chronicle]
  • More women than ever will be orbiting in space on Monday morning, after NASA launches three women on the shuttle Discovery. One woman is already circling the Earth in a Russian capsule. Two of the women will become the 53rd and 54th women in space. [AP]

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