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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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Today’s Lady News: OK Court Says “Personhood” For Fetuses Is Unconstitutional

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  • Oklahoma’s Supreme Court struck down a “fetal personhood” bill  yesterday— which would change the legal definition of a fetus to a “person,” thereby criminalizing all abortion and in-vitro fertility treatments — because it is unconstitutional. The movement by an anti-abortion group to get the “fetal personhood” bill on the state ballot will now be forced to stop. [The Daily BeastWall Street Journal]
  • A Boy Scout regional board member has resigned over the removal of Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian den mother, from leading her son’s Tiger Cub troop. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • A New York City judge says ex-International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss Kahn can’t claim diplomatic immunity in the civil suit against him for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel maid. [New York Post] Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 immediate loss of access to necessary medical services by several thousand Texas women.” An injunction will be applied against the law until further notice. [CBS News]
  • Author Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize and Pulitizer Prize winner, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year. Other lady recipients include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the late Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, and NCAA women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. [The Root]
  • Conservative talking head Michelle Malkin just had to tweet some nastiness after Meghan McCain and Sandra Fluke bonded this weekend at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over being called “sluts.” [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Marine Women Headed To Frontlines

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  • The Marines are slowly integrating more women into their frontline units, according to a message sent to the Marine Corps on Monday night. The Pentagon has recently opened up thousands of new jobs to women in the military. [New York Times]
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a decision last week that transgender folks are protected from bias in the workplace and free from discrimination on account of their gender identity. [New York Daily News]
  • In “Are My Eyes Deceiving Me?” news, beer company Anheuser-Busch has warned UFC that it is displeased with sexist, homophobic comments made by fighters. You know beer manufacturers. So progressive! [Ad Age]
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Today’s Lady News: On Taking Drugs While Pregnant

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  • This week, The New York Times Magazine explores a difficult and complex issue: prosecuting drug-addicted mothers whose drug use harms their fetus in the womb. The piece zeroes in on Alabama prosecutors who are charging drug-addicted mothers, ostensibly to help the mothers, although it often lands the mothers in jail. It’s a big, complicated issue and definitely worth exploring more in depth. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Essence, a lifestyle magazine targeted towards black women, has removed managing editor Michael Bullerdick, a white male, after screengrabs of his Facebook wall showed him making racist comments about Al Sharpton and Barack Obama. [News One]
  • The Senate is discussing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act as we speak. You can learn more about the history of VAWA here. [Feministing]
  • So, this is the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life: 45 completely superficial reasons why Hillary Clinton should run for president in 2016. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
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