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Today’s Lady News: Pregnant Woman Asked To Resign

  • A pregnant woman in Connecticut was asked to resign by her employers instead of taking maternity leave. Amy Zvovushe, 31, told her employers she was pregnant on Sept. 23 and was soon told she would have to resign, as she had not been with the company for 12 months, after which she would be eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act. This is completely ridiculous — instead of giving her temporary and unpaid leave to give birth, they got rid of her. The person interviewed for the piece called it a “sexist irony” that the FMLA was used to fire, not protect, a working woman’s job — well put!  Fortunately, Amy Zvovushe recorded her crappy HR folks and had a lawyer contact them; as a result, she was able to take temporary leave to give birth and then return to her job. [ABC News]
  • Following a conservative “pro-family” group’s threat to boycott JC Penney for sponsoring Ellen DeGeneres’ lezbo-riffic TV program, Howard Stern has announced he will “defend her to the end” and will call on all his listeners to boycott JC Penney if they do drop Ellen.  That’s awesome. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Brilliant Idea: PA College Dispensing Plan B From Vending Machines

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
Should Men Pay?
Should men help pay for the Pill? Read More »
Vending Machines
pregnancy test photo
Switzerland put pregnancy tests in vending machines. Read More »

Taking the morning-after pill in a timely fashion has been one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when it comes to reproductive rights. Emergency contraception (which prevents ovulation so an egg cannot be fertilized, as well as thins the lining of the uterus so a fertilized egg cannot be implanted) is most effective if taken within five days of unprotected sex — but the sooner the better. Even though EC, in theory, became more accessible when the FDA announced it could be sold over-the-counter to women age 17 and up, that did not play out in reality. Women who live in rural areas, as well as women who live anyplace where a pharmacist can cite a so-called conscience clause and tell her “no, not dispensing that!”, still have to do a lot of frantic scrambling at an already stressful time.

But one college in Pennsylvania has a brilliant idea on how to make EC more accessible when it is needed most: Shippensburg University  in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, put a vending machine filled with Plan B in the health center. Keep reading »

There’s A New Male Birth Control Option On The Horizon

Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »
BC For Everybody
Health insurers are required to offer birth control without co-pays. Read More »
BC Should Be Covered
Birth control should be covered by health care plans, says report. Read More »

Ladies, we may possible be able to say goodbye to the Pill, patch, ring and those heinous butt injections! Scientists are about to even out the birth control playing field (that has favored men for so long) by testing what could be “an effective, inexpensive and pain-free birth control option” for men.

The procedure: a few zaps to the balls with a high-frequency ultrasound and POOF! His swimming friends who threaten your womb with gestation disappear! Well, that’s what happened to male rats in a recently published study. After each rat had two ball-zapping treatments, researchers found that the rat’s sperm count was zero and its sperm-making germ cells were eradicated. (Yay! I think?) Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Abortion Is Safer Than Giving Birth, Says Study

  • Abortion is safer for American women than giving birth, according to a new study published yesterday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. A woman is about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth than from complications involving an abortion. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, anti-abortion protesters who claim all abortions are unilaterally dangerous for women. (Of course, we are talking about legal abortions here.) [Reuters]
  • Women were only five percent — I repeat, only five percent — of directors in the top 250 grossing films of 2011, according to a study released today from San Diego State University. Overall, women comprised 18 percent (less than one-fifth) of directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors on such films. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, won’t allow an LGBT club called Reach OUT to exist on campus because the club does not honor “the biblical conviction that sexual activity should be reserved for a husband-wife relationship,” according to the school newspaper. [LA Weekly] Keep reading »

First Time For Everything: My Gynecologist Showed Me My Cervix

My Boring Vagina
This woman has a has a boring vagina. Read More »
Freezing My Eggs
My friends have a lot of opinions on whether I should. Read More »

I have a new gynecologist. Let’s call her Bev. She’s a mid-wife so she’s not actually a doctor, but I am already more impressed with her than any other lady doctor that I’ve ever had. That’s because while she was down there, collecting cell samples from my ladyflower, she offered to show me my cervix. And I was like, “Uh, okay. Why not?” No other doctor had ever offered and I had never asked, but in that moment, as Bev handed me the world’s longest armed mirror, I was like, Fuck yeah, I am about to meet my cervix for the very first time. Keep reading »

Soapbox: Pulling The Mommy Card On Reproductive Rights

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
Plan B Progress?
The FDA considers making the morning-after pill over-the-counter. Read More »
FDA Overuled
The government says the morning after pill cannot be over-the-counter. Read More »

This is not the change I voted for. Nor how I thought the year would end for women’s rights in the USA. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius recently overruled scientists at the Federal Drug Administration and blocked a move to allow for Plan B emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill, to be sold over-the-counter without age restriction. Her rationale was to protect 11-year-old girls from taking something that might harm them. President Obama backed her up, asked us to use “common sense” and pulled the daddy card.

Well, I’m pulling the mommy card. Keep reading »

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