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Ireland’s Ban On Abortion Will Be Challenged At The U.N.

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The state will clarify the law following the death of a woman denied abortion. Read More »
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Amanda Mellet, a 38-year-old Irishwoman, is filing a petition with the United Nations Human Rights Committee to challenge her country’s ban on abortion. In Ireland, a predominantly Catholic country, abortion only recently became legal if it is necessary to save the mother’s life. In November 2011, a pregnant Mellet was devastated to find out that her fetus had Edward’s system, a fatal abnormality that causes mutations to the heart and other organs.

She was told that her daughter may not survive the pregnancy, and that if she did, she’d die shortly after birth. If Mellet carried her to term, she wouldn’t know until delivery whether she was even still alive. She and her husband decided that terminating the pregnancy was the most humane thing to do for her child, who, if born alive, would spend her only few hours on earth in a hopeless struggle for survival.

Her doctors, however, were legally unable to perform the abortion. Keep reading »

6 Things To Know About The UN’s Commission On The Status Of Women

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Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
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March is Women’s History Month, and this Friday is International Women’s Day. (And March is  my birth month — so many reasons to celebrate!) Fitting then that this week  kicked off the start of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women:  10 days focused on promoting women’s rights worldwide.

What is this commission all about?  Six essential things to know about it after the jump:

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Access To Contraception Is A Human Right, United Nation Declares

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Access to contraception is a universal human right, the United Nations has declared. The annual report “State Of The World Population 2012,” released today by the U.N. Population Fund regarding women and children in the developing world, is the first ever to describe contraception as a human right. By doing so, the Associated Press explains, the UN has declared that preventing a woman from access to family planning services (whether through politics, religion, etc.) is an abuse of her rights. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Angelina Jolie Is Pretty Much A Diplomat Now

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  • Angelina Jolie has been elevated from from a United Nations goodwill ambassador to a diplomatic role as special refugee envoy. Angie’s been involved with the UN for 10 years, drawing attention to humanitarian crises; in her new role, she’ll focus on large-scale crises in places like Afghanistan and Somalia. [Huffington Post]
  • Halle Berry finnnnnally confirmed her engagement to Olivier Martinez. [People]
  • Do you need a sexy pillow? Justin Timberlake is branching out into home goods. [Celebrity Cafe] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bosnian Rape Victims To Complain To UN About Angelina Jolie’s New Movie

  • Women who were raped during the Bosnian war have warned they will complain to the United Nation’s refugee agency about the love story Angelina Jolie is currently filming about victims of the war. Jolie serves as the refugee agency’s goodwill ambassador. The victims are still upset by rumors that Jolie’s flick depicts a woman who falls in love with her rapist. (Why didn’t Jennifer Aniston think of this?) [ABC News]
  • Surprise, surprise: Sarah Palin got a bit creative with feminist history in her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag. Let’s do a little fact-checking, shall we? [The Daily Beast]
  • Anivia Cruz-Dilworth, a model in New Jersey, has been charged with giving unlicensed “butt-boosting” implants to six women, sending them to the hospital. The 28-year-old injected women with silicone sealant, which is used to caulk bath tubs, and covered the injection sites with Krazy Glue. Eeek! [Black Voices]

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Drew Barrymore Brings Big Check, New Boyfriend To Oprah

Yesterday Drew Barrymore appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to announce that she was donating $1 million dollars of her own money to the United Nations’ World Food Program, which is aiming to feed 10 million more children in Africa by Thanksgiving Day. While she was there, she also dished about her new boyfriend, Justin “I’m A Mac” Long, who was in the audience. She said, “This relationship is great. It’s healthy, it’s productive, and it’s supportive. It’s full of humor and a lot of fun.” He said Drew is more than a pretty face, adding, “She’s the most compassionate person I’ve ever met.” Dang, they’re cute. [Oprah.com and WFP] Keep reading »

The Daily Hotness: George Clooney

George Clooney just keeps getting tastier. We’d like to give this former ER doctor mouth to mouth! Especially now that he’s been immortalized in jellybeans. The already edible Clooney was appointed to the United Nations Peace Envoy in January, but now the tall dark and handsome actor/director/activist has had his essence captured in a tasteful portrait commissioned by the Jelly Belly Company. The artist, Roger Rocha, used 10,000 morsels to recreate Clooney in multi-colored yumminess. At the end of the month, the candy Clooney will be donated to a charity of George’s choosing. Does a new, up-and-coming webzine count as a charity? [People] Keep reading »

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