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Today’s Lady News: More Than Half Of Young Adults Misinformed About Birth Control

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  • Here’s a depressing statistic: 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds may not understand how to properly use birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to a new study of 1,800 young adults by the Guttmacher Institute. Shocker of shocks, abstinence-only sex education — which refuses to teach children how contraception works — is being fingered as a prime reason for the misunderstanding.  [International Business Times]
  • Tennessee’s governor signed into law on Friday a bill that bans teaching students about “gateway sexual behavior,” which includes everything from outercourse to hand-holding and hugging. The bill requires sex ed instructors to teach only abstinence and fines teachers $500 for each violation. Clearly this entire state did not read that Guttmacher study.  [Feminist.org]
  • Arizona Governor Jan Brew signed into law on Friday a bill that allows any employer that identifies as “religiously affiliated” to refuse to cover birth control in the company’s health insurance plan. Thankfully, an even crazier original version of the bill was changed. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Women’s Experience Of Violence Linked To Risky Sex

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  • Women who’ve experienced violence — whether it’s watching a violent crime or being abused themselves — are more likely to engage in risky sex, according to a new study. The journal Psychology of Violence found that women who’ve experienced violence are more likely to have unprotected sex and have a high number of sex partners. [Huffington Post]
  • The House Armed Services Committee advanced an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill that will protect service members, including chaplains, from getting in trouble for opposing gays serving openly the military. I see what you are doing there, folks, and it’s sneaky. [Navy Times]
  • Actresses Julianne Moore and Fran Drescher are two more celebs standing up for Jennifer Tyrell, the lesbian mom who was ousted from her son’s Boy Scouts troop for being gay. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Mama’s Day Cards For Every Mother

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  • We’re loving this Mama’s Day e-card from the group Strong Families, which seeks to be inclusive of all families and all mothers in all forms. You can check out all the other gorgeous Mama’s Day e-cards here. [Strong Families via Feministing
  • Rep. Bob Dold, a Republican in Illinois, has introduced a bill today called the Protecting Women’s Access to Health Care Act. The bill would prevent lawmakers from blocking family planning funds to Planned Parenthood simply because PP provides abortions. Recently, defunding PP has been a new tactic of anti-abortion lawmakers. [Huffington Post]
  • Colorado’s House Speaker said legislation to allow civil unions won’t get a vote, as the bill will die along several other bills. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Young Women Aren’t Completing HPV Vaccinations

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  • The amount of young women completing the three vaccinations required for the HPV vaccine is not only low, but also dropping. The journal Cancer has published a report saying young women are not completing the full series of Gardasil, which is the only way to be fully protected from the strains of HPV which lead to cervical cancer. [New York Times
  • Melinda Gates’ new crusade for the Gates Foundation is spreading the use of contraception worldwide to promote women’s health. But not surprisingly, the Catholic church is none too pleased about this fact. [The Daily Beast
  • Colorado’s House Finance Committee advanced a bill that would legalize civil unions. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: More Teens Using “Highly Effective” Birth Control

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  • Recently we lamented that teen girls are just not getting pregnant like they used to. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has one theory as to why: more teens are using “highly effective” contraception, such as the Pill or the patch, when they have sex. [New York Times]
  • Over one-third of OBGYNs who work for religiously-affiliated hospitals say they have had a conflict with their employer over providing patient care that did not gel with the institution’s religious tenets — such as contraception and sterilization. Of OBGYN’s working at Catholic hospitals, half of them reported a conflict. [Baltimore Sun
  • American University’s outgoing Student Body President came out as transgender in an op-ed in the student newspaper, in which she asked to be called by her chosen name Sarah and female pronouns (she/her). [Human Rights Campaign, American University's The Eagle] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Afghan Teen Flees “Honor Killing”

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  • If you read one news article today, read this one: NPR has a powerful story about a teenage girl in rural Afghanistan who ran away from her family after she feared a so-called “honor killing” by her brothers because she talked to a boy on her cellphone. The girl ended up staying on a military base until she could be placed in an Afghan women’s shelter, where she eventually was matched up with a husband. It’s a bizarre happily-ever-after story, but one I found extremely touching. [NPR]
  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) vetoed an anti-abortion bill that would have increased restrictions on abortion providers and limited access to the morning-after pill by requiring doctors to be present for both the prescribing and taking of the pill. [Huffington Post
  • Techies! Ever wondered how many women hold IT jobs, run tech startups, or earn degrees in computer science? Women Who Tech has a handy-dandy infographic with all the details. [Women Who Tech]
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