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Onion Spoof: Law Makes Woman Name Baby, Paint Nursery Before Getting An Abortion


This Onion News Network spoof is amazing: a bunch of talking heads discuss a fake Arkansas law requiring a woman to pick a baby name and paint her nursery either pink or blue before having an abortion. Maybe she should have to sit in the nursery for an hour each day and look at baby booties, too!

Don’t watch unless your sense of humor this morning is pretty dry … [The Onion] Keep reading »

Judge Allows Killer Of Abortion Doctor To Make Controversial Plea

‘This’ is not going to be a debate about abortion,” Sedgwick Country District Judge Warren Wilbert said recently. But even if with the best of intentions, what he’s presiding over will seem to a lot of people to be about abortion — the trial of Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion extremist who has confessed to shooting to death Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller last May. Yesterday, the judge announced he would allow Roeder to plead “voluntary manslaughter,” that he murdered Tiller because he honestly believed he was saving unborn babies.

To say women’s rights activists find Judge Wilbert’s decision controversial is putting it mildly … Keep reading »

China’s “Bride Shortage”: That’s What Happens When Society Devalues Its Women

What a mess: the one-child policy instituted in China in the 1980s to control the population has caused a total lopsidedness in the dating pool. A recent study by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences found that in 10 years there will be a serious “bride shortage,” as 24 million Chinese men will have no partner of marrying age. And you thought you had trouble getting married … Keep reading »

Hillary Clinton: “We Cannot Accept The Ongoing Marginalization Of Half The World’s Population”

No one can deny Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a longtime, committed supporter of the rights of women and girls globally—especially the right for women to plan their pregnancies. Clinton spoke this afternoon at the International Conference on Population and Development on the 15th anniversary of its historic Cairo summit, when 179 governments adopted a program to level out population and development by addressing gender equity and reproductive rights.

I listened to Secretary of State Clinton’s speech live on C-SPAN (watch the video here) and teared up. Here’s a (rough) transcript for some of the points she made. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: All The Single Ladies (Buy Their Own Homes)

  • In the past 12 months, single gals were 21 percent of new home buyers while single men were just 10 percent. However, married couples are still the number one group of new home buyers. [New York Times]
  • Anti-abortion protesters outside a clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, have been photographed wearing fake escort vests so as to trick people going into the clinic to think that they, the protesters, are actually there to help. [Feministing]
  • Run, Amy, run! Over the holidays, Amy Palmiero-Winters, 37, became the first woman with a prosthetic leg to win a title in a race. Palmiero-Winters lost her left leg from the kneecap down in a 1994 motorcycle accident, but her disability didn’t prevent her from running in the Boston Marathon and a NYC triathlon. On New Year’s Day, while competing with able-bodied athletes in the Arizona Road Racers run, she beat the male winner by 14 miles and the second-place female winner by 36 miles. [Bust Magazine]

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Quotable: Heidi Fleiss Is Thankful For Abortions

“I hope I never have babies. That would kill me. Every minute I’d be, ‘Is the baby OK?’ I’d worry too much. Thank God for abortion. I don’t mean to offend anyone but I wouldn’t be a good mother. I shouldn’t have kids.”

Heidi Fleiss revealed that she’d terminate any accidental pregnancy during a candid talk with Stephen Baldwin on Britain’s “Celebrity Big Brother.” [Starpulse] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: What Is A “Necessity Defense”?

  • Yesterday a judge in Wichita, KS, ruled on the “necessity defense,” which anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder has tried to use to justify murdering Dr. George Tiller, who performed abortions. The judge said he would allow limited use of the “necessity defense,” which means Roeder’s lawyers can present evidence and argue that Roeder killed Tiller because he honestly believed he was saving the lives of unborn babies. That means, hypothetically, a jury could find Roeder guilty of manslaughter, but not premeditated murder. [Kansas.com]
  • DoubleX rounded up the most memorable moments for feminists this decade, starting with the Britney Spears’ “Oops…I Did It Again” video back in May 2000. [DoubleX]

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Today’s Lady News: “Sex And The City” Star Speaks Out For Abortion Rights

  • “Sex and the City”‘s Cynthia Nixon is speaking out for abortion rights in light of the restrictive Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the House health care reform bill and the Nelson-Hatch Amendment in the Senate’s bill. Nixon recently told CNN.com: “My mother had an illegal abortion pre-1973, and it’s something that I would never want to face or want my daughter to be facing or any of her friends. Abortion is a right I feel must not go away, and I feel like people aren’t mobilizing so much because it’s so complicated and it’s difficult to understand.” [CNN]

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Senators Introduce Anti-Abortion Amendment For Health Care Reform Bill

The House of Representatives’ version of the health care reform bill contained the Stupak-Pitts Amendment (explained in full here) to make sure health insurance doesn’t cover abortion.

Today, the Senate began their own campaign for a similar amendment, when Senators Bill Nelson (D-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and others introduced an amendment to its version of the health care reform bill. Just like Stupak-Pitts, the Nelson-Hatch amendment will restrict federal subsidies for health insurance from being used for private health insurance plans that cover abortion. Keep reading »

Why Are Abortion-Rights Activists Sending Coat Hangers To Politicians?

It’s not to hang their nice suit jackets, that’s for sure! Here’s some straight-to-the-point activism: a cell phone company, CREDO Mobile, is mailing coat hangers to all the democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted in support of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in Obama’s health care reform bill. (CREDO must have read our piece, “How The Health Care Reform Bill Is Screwing Over Women With An Abortion Amendment”! Right?) The coat hangers are definitely a gruesome, but clear, reminder of what some women will do when their access to abortions is restricted. So far, over 116,000 have been sent.

But how come all of the 240 politicians who voted for Stupak-Pitts didn’t receive a coat hanger in the mail? After all, democrats aren’t the only ones who voted in favor of this amendment, just to pass the health care reform bill. [CREDO Action] Keep reading »

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