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“The Life Zone”: A Pro-Life Horror Movie

 

Presented without comment, “The Life Zone,” a pro-life horror film about “pregnant women kidnapped from abortion clinics and forced to give birth,” starring Robert Loggia. New Jerseyites can check it out currently at the Hoboken International Film Festival. The rest of us will have to wait until it’s picked up by Fox News, I suppose.

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Today’s Lady News: Abortion Rate Up Amongst Poor Women

  • The abortion rate is down overall, but up amongst poor women, the non-partisan sexual research organization Guttmacher reports. Between 2000 and 2008, abortion rates declined amongst most groups of women, but not women whose family incomes are less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Poor women’s abortion rate increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2008. Maybe anti-abortion activists will someday get it through their heads that mothers and fathers actually like to food feed, clothe and shelter their children? [Guttmacher]
  • Psychotherapy is an increasingly female-dominated field, but some men are reticent to see a therapist unless he’s a male who may relate to his problems better. [New York Times]
  • Anna North at Jezebel on the media’s obsession with how “ugly” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mistresses are. [Jezebel]
  • Why it sucks to be an NFL cheerleader. Sounds like it’s time for a little labor organizing, ladies. [TBD.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Kansas Politician Compares Pregnancy From Rape To Getting A Flat Tire

  • Last Friday, the Kansas state legislature voted to ban insurance companies from covering abortions in their plans, except in the case of a woman’s life being at risk. That’s not good enough for State Rep. Pete DeGraaf, who is also an associate pastor; he wants no abortions, ever. When Rep. Barbara Bollier challenged him on that, Rep. DeGraaf told her, “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?” Bollier replied, “”And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?” To which DeGraaf responded, “I have a spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.” OH NO, YOU DID NOT JUST SAY THAT. Epic facepalm. But he lists his contact information on his website, so I’m sure he’d love to hear what y’all think about this. Write State Rep. DeGraaf at pete.degraaf@house.ks.gov and petedegraaf@att.net or call 785-296-7693 and 316-777-0715. Please share any responses you receive in the comments. [Blogs.Pitch.com, Kansas Legislature]

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Today’s Lady News: “16 & Pregnant” Teen Deterred By Parental Consent Law

  • On last night’s episode of “16 & Pregnant” on MTV, a pregnant teen talked with her mother about how she was deterred by Mississippi’s parental consent law for abortion. It’s confusing why Cleondra and the baby’s father didn’t end up getting the abortion, since Cleondra’s mother says in the clip (watch it on Jezebel) she was 100 percent supportive of her daughter getting one. Maybe they were afraid the baby’s father’s parents would be more angry about getting permission for an abortion than becoming a teen parent? It’s my understanding that only the parent or guardian of the female minor needs to have consent? In any case, it just goes to show how creating barriers for abortion contributes to teen pregnancy. [Jezebel]
  • Speaking of parental consent/notification laws, Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a bill on Monday that would require all parents of minors seeking an abortion to be notified by mail about it. Sen. Boozman claims a federal parental notification law would protect young women from being abused by sexual predators who may take them to another state to have an abortion if their state has a parental consent/notification law. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Maya Moore, 22, a UCONN basketball player and number one WNBC draft pick, has been the first woman signed to Nike’s Jordan Brand, joining the likes of Derek Jeter and Carmelo Anthony. Congratulations! [The Grio]

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Today’s Lady News: Steven Tyler’s Abortion

  • Back in the ’70s, Steven Tyler got his 14-year-old girlfriend pregnant (most likely while high on loads of drugs). At the suggestion of their friends, she had an abortion, which is described in the 1975 oral history of Aerosmith, Walk This Way, as an experience that really “messed Steven up.” In Steven’s new memoir, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?, he touches on his relationship with the young woman and their drug addiction: Steven later left the young woman for Bebe Buell — Liv Tyler’s mom — and she became suicidal. A right-wing writer for National Review, a conservative magazine, is now using Steven’s story to illustrate an example of “post-abortion syndrome,” a quack diagnosis that is not acknowledged by medical professionals. Steven Tyler’s drug abuse, philandering and anger management problems were all “symptoms” of a grieving post-abortive father, according author Kevin Burke. Ugh, this pisses me off to no end. No one except for Steven Tyler can say for sure exactly what encouraged his lifelong addictions and I find it gross and opportunistic than some right-winger is shrieking, “It’s because of the abortion!” [Jezebel, National Review]

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Today’s Lady News: Who Gets Abortions In The U.S.?

  • Who gets abortions in the U.S.? The Guttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan reproductive health organization, sought to profile the women who get abortions in this graphically-curious video released on April 28. Most women who are get abortions are in their 20s. Six out of 10 women who terminate a pregnancy already have kids and many have two or more kids. Needing to care for their existing children is often a primary reason for why women who already have kids choose to end a pregnancy. Three out of four women who have abortions describe themselves as religiously affiliated and Catholic women have abortions at approximately the same rate as women overall. In 2008, four out of 10 women who had abortions lived below the federal poverty line. White women account for 36 percent of abortions, followed by black women at 30 percent and Latinas at 25 percent. [YouTube]
  • A Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the team for refusing to cheer for her alleged rapist was denied a U.S. Supreme court review yesterday. Months ago, a federal appeals court said the young woman, known only as H.S., was cheering for her school and not for herself and therefore was obliged to follow the dictates of the team. H.S. claims she was raped in 2008 by Rakheem Bolton, a member of the football team, at a party. Bolton plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2010. Blech, what a gross story. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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Today’s Lady News: Indiana Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

  • Indiana’s state legislature voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood from roughly $3 million in family planning money. The state receives the funding from Title X, which allocates federal funds to family planning clinics, and uses it in eight of Indiana’s 28 Planned Parenthoods in the state. Conservatives are upset that Planned Parenthood clinics get federal money and provide abortions, even though they are barred by Title X from spending the federal money on abortions. Governor Mitch Daniels now has one week to either veto the legislation or sign it into law. I hope he thinks of the low-income women who would be most impacted by this legislation and does the right thing. [Politico]
  • The Washington Redskins’ Albert Haynesworth was offered a plea deal in a sexual abuse case where he allegedly slid his credit card into the bra of a waitress at the W Hotel in Washington and then touched her boob. When security confronted him, he reportedly said, “I didn’t touch her … [I don't] even like black girls.” When Haynesworth was interviewed by police, according to court documents, he said, “I know what this is about, she is just upset I have a white girlfriend. I couldn’t tell you the last time I dated a black girl. She was trying to get with me.” Haynesworth’s lawyer said the football player will continue fighting the charge. Oh, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy. (Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [ESPN]
  • Women now earn more advanced degrees than men do, according to new U.S. Census data released on Tuesday. We’ve been earning more college degrees than men since the ’80s — woot woot! In addition to women outpacing men in master’s degrees or higher, the number of stay-at-home dads is also on the rise. [MSNBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Kansas Wants To Defund Planned Parenthood

  • Kansas’ proposed state budget aims to remove $300K in federal funding away from family planning services at Planned Parenthood and redirect them to clinics elsewhere — all because Planned Parenthood clinics provide abortions. Planned Parenthood also provides Pap smears, contraceptives, STD testing, and other medical services for women — Low-income women would be most impacted by the cut in federal funding. This nonsense has to stop, people. For real. [Kansas.com]
  • What bearing do decades old articles about romantic woes from Ebony magazine, a lifestyle mag targeted towards black women, reveal about black women’s lives today? [Clutch Magazine]
  • “So simple even your wife can turn on the DVD.” Yes, that’s a real advertisement for electronics store AudioOne! Classy. [Ms. Magazine]

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Teen Sex Ed Web Site Needs To Stop! Why? Because It Talks To Teens About Sex

Stop the presses, people! Teenagers are on the Internet … reading about sex … and how to do it safely. SCANDAL, right? It is in Massachusetts. MariaTalks.com is a race-, gender- and sexual-orientation-inclusive sex ed website for teens created by the not-for-profit AIDS Action Committee with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The site provides fact-based information about emergency contraception, birth control, STDs and sexual coercion. In short, it covers all the ground you’d hope a 16- or 17-year-old (or 14- or 15-year-old) would read before getting sexually active. But, oh yes, some politicians have a problem with the website. Keep reading »

Michigan Bill Would Require Doctors Offer “Keepsake Ultrasounds” To Women Seeking Abortions

There’s a now famous spoof from The Onion News Network about a fake Arkansas law that would require women to pick a baby name and paint her nursery pink or blue before having an abortion. Well, Michigan is marching towards making that spoof a reality: a Republican state senator has proposed a bill that would require doctors performing an abortion to do an ultrasound, offer to describe the fetus’ current stage of development, offer an opportunity to listen to any detectable heartbeat, and offer a hard copy of the ultrasound image. (“Keepsake ultrasound” is the macabre, but fitting, moniker of the Michigan Messenger newspaper.)

A woman can refuse any of these intentionally heart-tugging actions, but she would still have to sign a statement acknowledging these offers had been made. Keep reading »

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