Posts tagged "mississippi"

Mississippi Bans Sex-Ed Condom Demos, But This Teacher Found A Clever Way Around That

Mississippi, one of the states that prefers abstinence education to comprehensive sex-ed, still believes that the best way to get teenagers to not get pregnant is to simply tell them to not have sex. They apparently feel that it is especially helpful to not teach students about condoms and birth control, because surely, if they…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 23, 2015

Meet Mississippi’s Christian Abortion Provider

Meet Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian and one of the two providers who travels to Mississippi's only abortion clinic to terminate unwanted pregnancies. He is, without a doubt, an inspiration and a hero. [Esquire] Basement trolls got very upset when a critic for the Village Voice gave "Guardians Of the Galaxy" a bad review, going…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2014

Mississippi Lesbian Tries To Open Gay Bar, Gets Blocked By City Council

Pat Newton, a lesbian who is trying to open a gay bar in Shannon, Mississippi, said there is a discriminatory "conspiracy" in town to prevent her from getting the appropriate permits. It's the same bar which was featured in the 2006 documentary "Small Town Gay Bar," which Newton is trying to reopen. [Advocate] New York…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 2, 2013

Mississippi Museum Stops Being Douchebags, Allows Lesbian Couple To Hold Commitment Ceremony

A public Mississippi museum that refused to allow two lesbians to hold a commitment ceremony on its grounds has relented. The Mississippi Agriculture and Forest Museum in Jackson had a policy of discriminating against same sex copules, but since it is a public museum and there is no state law against it, the women will…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2012

Mississippi Museum To Lesbian Couple: You’re Not Welcome Here

A publicly-funded museum in Mississippi refuses to allow a lesbian couple to hold a commitment ceremony on their grounds. The Masonic Hall at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum told Ceara Sturgis and Emily Key that it has a policy against same-sex couples. [Think Progress] Marissa Meyer from Google has allegedly been appointed Yahoo's new CEO,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2012

Judge Keeps Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Open For Now

A federal judge has blocked parts of a law that would effectively force Missisippi's one remaining abortion clinic to shut down. However, the judge allowed certain restrictions of the MS legislature's new abortion-restricitng law to remain. MS had passed a law, which went into effect July 1, that required doctors who perform abortions have admitting…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2012

Judge Blocks Law That Would Have Closed Mississippi’s One Remaining Abortion Clinic

Women in in Mississippi can breathe easy, at least temporarily: at the eleventh hour on Sunday night, a federal judge blocked a law that would have effectively closed the state's only abortion clinic. A law was set to go into effect on Monday that would have required doctors at the Jackson Women's Health Organization to have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 2, 2012

Will Mississippi Become The First State Without An Abortion Clinic?

On July 1, Mississippi's only surviving abortion clinic may shut down after a new law goes into effect requiring doctors at the clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. This will likely make it impossible for the clinic to continue operating because three out of four of the clinic's doctors live out of state,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2012

Mississippi Learns The Hard Way That Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Enables Teen Pregnancy Epidemic

When it comes to teen pregnancy, Mississippi has the highest rate in the nation. The state has 55 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 — a whopping 60 percent above the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And it is not too difficult to see the culprit: abstinence-only sex educatio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2012

Coat Hanger Abortions? No Biggie!

Here's a lovely comment on the value of a woman's life from Republican Mississippi State Represenative Bubba Carpenter. In a video filmed a county GOP meeting, Rep. Carpenter is heard saying (emphasis mine), "You have [pro-choice supporters] ... like, 'Well, the poor pitiful women that can't afford to go out of state are just going…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2012

Mississippi’s “Fetal Personhood” Amendment Fails

That's a relief. Mississippi voters failed to pass an anti-abortion "fetal personhood" amendment, which would have defined the beginning of life at conception and therefore criminalized all abortions — including those resulting from rape or incest. Initiative 26, as the ballot measure was known as, also would have criminalized IVF treatments and some forms of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2011

Mississippi To Vote On Fetal Personhood Amendment Which Would Outlaw Birth Control And IVF

Tomorrow, Election Day, voters in Mississippi will vote on a fetal personhood amendment to define a fetus as a person in the state constitution, thereby criminalizing all abortion. Initiative 26 would define a "person" as "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof." If it passes, surgical abortions would…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2011

“The Help” Trailer Is Out!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett was one of my favorite books of 2010 — and millions of other readers agree. This summer, "The Help" hits the big screen, starring Emma Stone as Skeeter, a white recent college graduate writing for the local newspaper in her Mississippi town, and Viola Davis ("Doubt") as Aibileen, a black…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 19, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Interracial Marriage Should Be Illegal, Say 46 Percent In Mississippi Poll

Interracial marriage should be illegal according to nearly half of Republicans polled in Mississippi. That's the finding of a small poll of 400 people by Public Policy Polling (PDF). Forty-six percent of "hardcore Republicans" polled said interracial marriage should not be allowed by law. Is it any consolation that 40 percent of "hardcore Republicans" said…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Mississippi Will Vote On Abortion Ban In 2011

Mississippi voters will mull a proposed ban on abortions in their 2011 election, since abortion opponents collected enough signatures to put the proposal on the ballot. [AP] Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion extremist and the murderer of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, is to be sentenced today. Dr. Tiller was one of the few late-term…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2010