Posts tagged "texas"

Texas Congressman Says We Should Ban Abortion Because Fetuses Masturbate

Frisky staffers are not the only ones finding pleasure with their hands between their legs. According to former OB/GYN and now Texas Congressman Micheal Burgess (a Republican, natch), male fetuses are masturbating as well!

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movement that are purposeful,” Burgess explained during a House…

Daley Quinn / June 18, 2013

Texas Man Acquitted Of Murdering An Escort Who Refused Sex

On Christmas Eve 2009, an escort named Lenora Ivie Frago refused to have sex with a client who hired her via Craigslist, so he pulled out a gun and shot her. Ezekiel Gilbert of Texas injured Frago in the neck, paralyzing her for seven months until she died.

Yesterday, a jury acquitted Gilbert…

Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2013

Lesbian Parents In Texas May Be Forced To Move Apart Because They Can’t Legally Marry

Page Price and Carolyn Compton are a pair of moms living in Texas. They have been together for three years and are raising two children that Compton had with her ex-husband. But the couple may be forced by a court to move apart due to a “morality clause” in Compton’s custody agreement with her ex…

Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2013

Texas Quietly Works To Restore Funding For Women’s Health

If you’re like me, you might be doing a double take. Take your time. Pause. Read the headline again. Your brain has not jumbled the words. It does say restore, not restrict.

If you’ve been following the gradual dismantling of access to family planning and women’s health services across the United States, you’re probably shocked and…

Sarah Gray / May 8, 2013

“If Babies Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Be Aborted,” Says Republican Politician

Yeah, that’s an actual thing an elected official said. Like, for real. Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas tweeted the remark today, which is cringeworthy on multiple levels — not the least of which shooting people with guns doesn’t sound very “pro-life” to me. Perhaps in his own well-documented twisted mind Stockman thinks that owning…

Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Texas Legislators Introduce Anti-Abortion “Fetal Pain” Bill

Texas State Representatives Jodie Laubenberg (D R) and Jeff Leach (R) have introduced a so-called “fetal pain” bill called The Preborn Pain Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, claiming that a fetus, which is called an “unborn child” in the bill, can feel pain. The bill, if passed, would shorten the window of

Sarah Gray / March 5, 2013

Texas Teen Sues Parents For Right To Not Have An Abortion

Mostly when we discuss the “right to choose,” we focus on the right to safe and legal access to abortion.  We mostly focus abortion as the “choice” because a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions is constantly under attack from conservative politicians and the anti-abortion movement, both of which are pickled with the…

Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2013

Texas YMCA Denies Family Membership To Lesbian Parents

A YMCA in Tyler, Texas, is allegedly refusing to give a family membership to two lesbian parents, even though they did issue them such a membership a decade ago. The YMCA is now claiming the couple needs to have a marriage licence, despite the fact Texas doesn’t issue same-sex marriage certificates.  [Think Progress]…

Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2013

Meet The Texas Town Which Allows Teachers To Carry Concealed Guns

In the week following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 27 people were murdered, everyone everywhere has been yakking about their opinion on guns. Some people think more people should carry guns, so they can protect everyone else from the “bad guys.” Other people — and I myself fall into…

Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2012

What We Missed: The Frisky Staff Discuss Paris, Bacteria And Not Messing With Texas

This week on “What We Missed:” Ami heads to Paris, Jessica gets mega grossed out by bellybutton bacteria and Amelia calls out all those Texans who are trying to secede from the union. Oh, the possibilities.

Julie Gerstein / November 16, 2012

Mommie Dearest: A Tale Of Two Gay Penguins

One of the more challenging aspects to being a parent is keeping a handle on all the various things to which your child is exposed. For instance, the many studies pointing to a connection between early exposure to violent media and aggression certainly causes me to think twice about the television shows my almost-six-year old…

Avital Norman Nathman / November 14, 2012

15-Year-Old Texas Girl Spanked By Vice Principal For Cheating

A mother in Texas is livid: not that her 15-year-old daughter was paddled at school for cheating on a test — both mom and daughter actually approved the punishment — but that she was spanked by a male vice principal.

Taylor Santos, 15, a sophomore at Springtown High School Texas,  allegedly let another student…

Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2012

Texas Principal Cancels Cosmetology Class To Keep Male Student Out

The principal of a school district in Texas briefly cancelled an adult education cosmetology course after a male student, whom the principal perceived to be gay, signed up for the class. The teacher of the class says that really sucks for everyone else, because oftentimes the students who take her cosmetology class are single…

Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2012

It’s Time To Cry: Teen Girl Murdered Before She Could Testify Against Her Rapist

More than half of all sexual assaults are never reported to the police and 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail. These statistics from the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network are horrifying — but they also remind us how incredible 16-year-old Shania Gray of Texas was. The high school junior…

Jessica Wakeman / September 15, 2012

A Look At Just How Difficult It Is To Get A Pap Smear In Texas

In the video above, RH Reality Check Texas reporter Andrea Grimes — the same Andrea Grimes who writes our “Hitched” column every week! — calls dozens of Texas-funded Women’s Health Program providers in search of a pap smear. The program has excluded Planned Parenthood as a provider, and Andrea discovers the drastically few place…

Daley Quinn / September 7, 2012

Texas To Cut Off Funding For Poor Women’s Health Care At Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Texas is now allowed to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that participate in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. Planned Parenthood performs abortions, which the state opposes, and therefore they are allowed to defund the clinics.

The program helps roughly 130,00 low-income women with health care…

Daley Quinn / August 22, 2012

Texas Wants To Ban Doctors From Even Talking About Abortion

Yes, seriously: Texas wants to ban doctors from even talking about — or as Texas puts it, “promoting” — abortion as an option.  Some people really believe ignorance is a good thing, huh? [Dallas Observer]
Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will be kept open longer that originally thought after a judge has extended a…

Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2012

Houston’s $5 “Pole Tax” Rubs Strip Clubs The Wrong Way (Ha, Ha)

Strip clubs in the fair city of Houston, Texas, will soon be hit with an interesting new tax: a $5-per-visitor tax which will go towards paying for a backlog of the city’s 6,000 rape kits. The Houston City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday which will require almost 30 gentleman’s clubs to fork over the…

Jessica Wakeman / June 29, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules Texas Can’t Withhold Funding From Planned Parenthood

A federal judge ruled today that a new Texas law banning Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds through its Women’s Health Program — so targeted because it provides abortion services in addition to cancer screenings, etc. — is unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge noted, “The court is particularly influenced by the potential for…

Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2012

It’s Time To Cry: Young Boy’s Lemonade Stand Raises $10,000 For Sick Dad

Six-year-old Drew Cox’s father was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and the young boy wanted to do something to help his sick dad. So he decided to run a lemonade stand, selling cups for 25 cents a pop. Word spread about Drew and his dad, and friends from around the community showed u…

Julie Gerstein / April 19, 2012