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Today’s Lady News: FDA Claims Silicone Breast Implants Are Safe

  • The FDA has said silicone breast implants are safe and will stay on the market. However, the chief scientist dealing with implants admitted silicone implants are prone to ruptures, hardening, scarring and pain. Call me crazy, but that doesn’t sound particularly safe. Any Frisky readers with silicone implants want to weigh in? [New York Times]
  • This news should make you nervous: less than one-fifth of OB-GYNs will perform abortions, according to a study of 1,144 OB-GYNs. Nearly one hundred percent of the doctors surveyed said they’d had patients acquire about the procedure, however. Doctors most likely to refuse to provide an abortion were in the South or the Midwest. Interestingly, the most common reason doctors cited for not performing abortions wasn’t that they themselves opposed it, but that their hospital or group practice prohibited it. [Reuters]
  • The founder of Chick beer — that would be premium light beer marketed towards women — explains why women need their own brewskis. Judge for yourself. [Village Voice]

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Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthoods In Kansas Get Funding Again

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Today’s Lady News: Majority Of Americans Support Birth Control With No Extra Cost

  • Sixty-six percent of Americans say they support the government’s decision to require health insurers to make birth control available without co-pays, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [Think Progress, Kaiser Family Foundation]
  • Dick Cheney’s new memoir includes an incident in which he describes Condoleezza Rice as “tearfully” admitting a mistake. Some say it was sexist for Cheney to describe Rice’s behavior like that because he was perhaps casting judgment on her for crying at work. What do y’all think? [Clutch Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Jay-Z Wouldn’t Clap For Chris Brown At VMAs

  • Jay-Z wouldn’t clap for Chris Brown when he performed at last night’s VMAs, presumably because he discovered Rihanna. Now that’s a strong statement right there. Go you, Jay. [TMZ]
  • Today in “no duh” news: elderly women with a more active sex life report a higher quality of life and age more gracefully. Stay tuned while scientists study whether calling your grandma makes her happy. [U.S. News & World Reports]
  • What a kickass idea: a new cooking school called Culture Kitchen in California focuses on ethnic cuisine and classes are taught by immigrant women from Colombia, Mexico and Thailand. [Los Angeles Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Happy Women’s Equality Day!

  • Happy Women’s Equality Day, ladies! [National Women's History Project]
  • Anna Holmes, founder of Jezebel.com, on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s gender problems. [Washington Post]
  • Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, 40, of Austria has become the first woman to reach all 14 summits of the Himalayas without using bottled oxygen. You go girl! [BBC]

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Today’s Lady News: NYPD Officer Being Investigated For Unsolved Rapes

  • Last week, New York City police officer officer Michael Pena was charged with allegedly grabbing a 25-year-old woman off the street, flashing his gun, and raping her in her yard. Pena was caught, literally with his pants down, when a neighbor saw the sexual assault from her window and called 911. Now the NYPD is investigating several other unsolved rape cases and seeing if his DNA matches any that was retrieved from a rape kit in those other incidents. The police commissioner would not comment on the specific reasons certain cases were being examined. However, another NYPD official indicated that a stranger rape on the street is relatively uncommon — most rapes are committed by individuals who know each other — so those may be the types of cases the police department is examining. Regardless, it’s very unnerving a cop allegedly did this. [New York Times]
  • The rate of unintended pregnancies among low-income women is on the rise, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Wait, you mean abstinence-only sex education and funding cuts for family planning services means people get pregnant? [Think Progress]
  • Blogger LaToya Peterson at the blog Racialicious reacts to this New York magazine piece on all the (skinny, white) women in the fall TV lineup. [Racialicious]

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Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Pledge

  • Republican presidential nominee wannabe Rick Perry signed an anti-abortion pledge with several scary provisions: were he to be elected he would nominate anti-abortion judges, appoint only anti-abortion appointees, push to defund Planned Parenthood, and sign something called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which is about a scientifically sound as an episode of “Dr. Who.” [Think Progress]
  • Young conservative women are not pleased they were categorized in an Elle article as “baby Palins.” [Daily Caller]
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) spoke at a women’s health rally on behalf of Planned Parenthood and she has “never felt my right as a woman was more threatened than I do today,” before urging the crowd, “Tell the governor to stop playing politics with women’s health.” [Florida Independent]
  • Who’s on top of Forbes’ annual World’s Most Powerful Women list? [Forbes]

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Today’s Lady News: All Charges Dismissed Against Dominique Strauss Kahn

  • All criminal charges for sexual assault against Dominique Strauss Kahn, former head of the IMF, were dismissed by a judge today. Prosecutors said that they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that DSK had sexually assaulted hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo in his New York City hotel room because Diallo was found to have lied about numerous items on her immigration asylum application, including a gang rape in her home country of Guinea. Diallo’s lawyer has accused the Manhattan DA’s office of “abandon[ing] an innocent woman.” Meanwhile, Diallo still has a civil lawsuit pending against DSK in the Bronx, where she lives. [NY Times]
  • The number of women working as writers on primetime broadcast TV shows dropped to 15 percent last year from 29 percent during the 2009-2010 season, according to a study at San Diego State University. Among women directors on such TV shows, the numbers dropped to 11 percent from 16 percent. Women appeared as 41 percent of all on-air characters, a slight two-percent drop from the year before. [Los Angeles]
  • Another New York City police officer has been arrested on rape charges: off-duty cop Michael Pena, 27, is accused of asking a woman for directions, showing her his gun, and then raping her in a backyard. [WNYC]

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Today’s Lady News: Women Gain Weight After Marriage, Men Gain Weight After Divorce

  • Women gain weight after marriage and men gain weight after divorce, according to a new study out of Ohio State University. The data was collected by 10,000 subjects in the two years following a marriage or a divorce. One co-author of the study suggested women may gain weight after marriage because they traditionally have a bigger role in maintaining the household and that affords them less time to exercise. Or, you know, maybe we’re just letting ourself go because we’ve finally trapped a man. [Canada.com]
  • The New York Times takes a look at low-income transgender women who are the victims of “pumpers,” i.e. people without medical training who inject black market silicone into women who are desperately trying to appear more feminine. [New York Times]
  • The Department of Education announced recently it will fine Washington State University $82,500 for failing to report two campus sexual assaults. [Feministing]

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Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthood Ends Abortion At 3 Arizona Clinics

  • Planned Parenthood will no longer provide medical abortions (i.e. the abortion pill) at clinics in Prescott Valley, Flagstaff, and Yuma due to new state laws that restrict the practice. Anti-abortion advocates wanted clinics that do medical abortions, which involves swallowing a pill, to have the same clinic set-up and equipment as the clinics that perform abortion as surgery. Arizona women will now only be allowed to get medical abortions at the Phoenix and Tucson clinics, which are the only two clinics to do surgical abortions as well. [NPR]
  • Rape victims will not be charged for their rape kits (DNA evidence collected to help police) under legislation signed yesterday by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. [Change.org]
  • Would America be better off right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected president? Rebecca Traitster at The New York Times Magazine wonders. < [New York Times Magazine]/li>

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