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Lisa Ling Opens Up About Her Miscarriage

“I felt more like a failure than I’d felt in a very long time. We actually [hadn't] been trying that long … I don’t know that I took it as seriously as I should have because it happened so fast. But then when I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat it was like—bam—like a knife through the heart … I hope that women can get to a place where they can finally talk about it because it’s so great to find comfort in other people’s stories and experiences because it’s so common.”

Lisa Ling on “The View” discussing her miscarriage, which happened six months ago. I really admire when women in the public eye feel comfortable opening up about their personal tragedies. It’s very inspiring and I think a lot of women will be able to relate. Lisa even started the website Secret Society of Women where women can share their deepest, darkest secrets anonymously. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Why George W. Bush Opposes Abortion

  • In an interview with Matt Lauer, President George W. Bush said that he became anti-abortion when his mother, Barbara Bush, showed him a fetus in a jar that she had just miscarried. A fetus in a jar, people! Dubya wrote about the incident in his new memoir, Decision Points, and told Lauer, “There’s no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life.” He drove his mother to the hospital after the miscarriage and she gave him permission to recount this story in his memoirs. [Telegraph UK]
  • Actress Jill Clayburgh, who portrayed strong, feminist women onscreen, passed away on Friday at the age of 66. She received an Oscar nomination for 1978′s “An Unmarried Woman” about a woman who puts her life back together after her husband leaves her. [New York Times]
  • CNN covered the #ihadanabortion hashtag on Twitter, just like we did! [CNN]

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Why We Appreciate Celebrity Women For Opening Up About Miscarriages

I was very sad to read over the weekend that Lily Allen had a miscarriage six months into her pregnancy. Apparently, she felt stomach pains on Thursday and was rushed to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save the baby. Her rep put out a short and sweet statement: “It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Lily Allen and Sam Cooper have lost their baby. The couple ask that their privacy be respected and that they be left alone at this deeply distressing time.”

We feel especially terrible for Lily because this is the second time she has miscarried. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Utah Ditches Bill Criminalizing Miscarriage

  • The Utah legislator who introduced a bill to state government that would punish a woman for a miscarriage due to a “reckless act” has withdrawn the bill. The bill was intended to punish women for illegally aborting fetuses, based on the case of a 17-year-old girl who was seven months pregnant and paid a man to beat her up so she would miscarrying. Carl Wimmer (R) said he will rewrite the bill to make it narrower in scope. [New York Times]
  • The Chicago Tribune published an article called “How To Lose Up To 10 Pounds Before Prom,” because that’s an awesome message to send high school-aged girls, of course. [Chicago Tribune]
  • The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a media watchdog group, has weighed in on Life & Style‘s stupid cover about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s “boy” haircut. (Shiloh’s a girl, FYI.) Unsurprisingly, they are not amused. [Fashion Indie]
  • After winning a match with a male competitor, high school senior Paige Nemec of Columbus, Ohio, will be the state’s first female competitor at a statewide wrestling tournament. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

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Today’s Lady News: Utah Bill Would Criminalize Miscarriage From “Reckless” Acts

  • Utah’s House of Representatives and Senate have approved a bill which would criminalize miscarriage caused by an “intentional, knowing, or reckless” act, such as drinking while pregnant. The bill is in response to a 17-year-old Utah girl who, while seven months pregnant, paid a man $150 to beat her up and induce a miscarriage. The girl was not successful and gave the child up for adoption. The Utah bill, which would not criminalize abortions obtained legally, is presently awaiting the governor’s signature. [Salt Lake Tribune, Cleveland Leader]
  • Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin will headline the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, this May. [CNN]
  • Oh no! Girl Scout Cookie recall! It’s the Lemon Chalet Cremes, I am sorry to report. The cookies are not thought to be dangerous, but have an unusual taste and smell. [Louisville Business First]

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A TMI Tweet About Work, Wisconsin & A Woman’s Right To Choose

Have you been keeping up with how the media’s all atwitter over a tweet sent by blogger and entrepreneur Penelope Trunk? She wrote a very strange message on her Twitter, essentially telling the world that she was in a board meeting and was having a miscarriage. The response to this 140-character blurb has been extreme, even in the lady blogosphere: Keep reading »

What’s The Link Between Abortion, Miscarriages And Premature Births?

One abortion or miscarriage raises the risk of giving birth to a premature baby by 20 percent, while two abortions or miscarriages raises the same risk by 90 percent, according to Dr. Robbert van Oppenraaij of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center in The Netherlands. Dr. van Oppenraaij presented his findings, which are based on 75 studies about complications during pregnancy between 1980 and 2008, at European Society of Human Production conference in Amsterdam this week. [Mirror UK] Keep reading »

Jane Pratt’s Rough Ride

Jane Pratt used to be my hero, back when I had heroes. She became the youngest Editor-in-Chief ever when she was hired to edit Sassy, the coolest teen mag ever and always, when she was only 24. She then went on to edit, Jane, targeted at 20-something women — both of these magazines, Sassy especially, spoke to women in a way no other women’s magazine had…like smart, funny, sexually empowered human beings. Pratt was profiled in Sunday’s Page Six magazine, discussing her sudden departure from Jane a year-and-a-half before the magazine was shuttered, which came on the heels of a double miscarriage of her twin babies. In the article she talks about bouncing back from those rough couple of years (which also included a breakup with her longtime fiance), moving in with the Arquettes, and hosting her new Sirius Radio Show (Jane, please, have The Frisky on!) — she was also photographed her adorable daughter, Charlotte, who she hopes will never do the drugs and sexual stuff she did when she was a wild Drew Barrymore-and-Michael Stipe-smoochin’ hussy. But…but…that was the Jane who was my hero! [Jane Radio On Sirius] Keep reading »

The Yale Abortion Artist: Well Now We Feel Stupid.

Grrr. So. That Yale art student and her abortion project? Totally BS. Kudos to gillybeans for smelling a stinker. Yale issued a statement today saying that Aliza Shvarts’ story was a fake, but still a part of her real art project. Um, making us feel stupid? Sort of. The statement read: “The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body.” For the record, I still don’t think this is art. [Yale.edu]

UPDATE: [And I swear this is the last thing I am going to write about this annoying little twit, but I feel compelled to update you all since the subject inspired so much discussion.] Now Shvarts is disputing Yale’s claim that her project was a work of fiction, saying Shvarts that she repeatedly “used a needleless syringe to insert semen into herself, and at the end of her menstrual cycle, she took abortifacient herbs to induce bleeding.” But she doesn’t know whether or not she actually was ever pregnant. “No one can say with 100-percent certainty that anything in the piece did or did not happen,” Shvarts said, “because the nature of the piece is that it did not consist of certainties.” YAWN. I’m bored. [Yale Daily News] Keep reading »

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