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Tales Of An Abortion Doula

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  • This fascinating essay about a woman’s experience as an abortion doula is a must-read. [NYMag.com]
  • Today is the 51st anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. [AL.com]
  • Cover Girl appears to have moved their crossmarketing page for the Baltimore Ravens, who terminated their contract last week with Ray Rice for beating his wife. At the end of last week, activists were beginning to put pressure on Cover Girl for advertising with a company that appears to care little about violence against women. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: The Problem With Wendy Davis’ Abortion Story

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First, let me say that I’m a fan of Wendy Davis. I look forward to reading her recently debuted memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid, and I admire her amazing energy, her dedication to public service, and her impeccable choice in footwear while filibustering for 11 hours in the Texas Senate last year. I’m way thrilled that she’s running a tough race to become the first Democratic governor of Texas in two decades.

No, my problem isn’t with Davis at all — or even with the way she candidly detailed her abortion experiences in her book.

But we have come to the point where, like rape, and domestic violence, and so many other “women’s stories, there’s the ‘good” story—the acceptable one, the defensible one, the OK to discuss one — and the others. Women still have to justify their choices about their bodies, their sex partners, and who they allow (or don’t) to punch them in the face. Keep reading »

Planned Parenthood Opens “Virtual” Clinics In Minnesota & Washington State

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  • Planned Parenthood is now offering online services in Minnesota and Washington State, in which patients can receive STD counseling or get a prescription for birth control through a video portal or an app. Another service that will soon be available will be mail-order treatment kids for STDs. Take that, assholes closing reproductive health clinics! [The Mary Sue, Star Tribune]
  • On how to talk to your kids about Ray Rice. [Essence] Keep reading »

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Opens Up About Abortion 17 Years Ago

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Texas State Senator Wendy Davis had an abortion 17 years ago, she revealed in a memoir being published next week. In her book Forgetting To Be Afraid, Davis shares that in 1997, she and her husband terminated a second-trimester pregnancy after they learned the fetus, a daughter, had serious brain abnormalities. Keep reading »

Judges Fend Off Abortion Restrictions In Louisiana & Texas

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  • A federal judge allowed a new abortion law to go into effect in Louisiana, which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away, but ruled that doctors and clinics cannot be penalized for breaking the law while it is being debated. Abortion rights supporters say the restrictions’ only intentions are to close down the state’s five abortion clinics. [New York Times]
  • A federal judge thew out parts of a new abortion law in Texas that would have required abortion clinics to meet the same operating standards of hospitals. This would have required over a dozen clinics in the state to close. [Huffington Post]
  • Emma Sulkowiz, a student at Columbia University who was sexually assaulted by a classmate, is carrying her mattress with her everywhere so as to draw attention to the fact her rapist has not been expelled.. She is one of 23 Columbia students who filed a Title IX complaint against the school for mishandling sexual assaults on campus. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »

NYC Politician Announces On Twitter That She Has “High Risk HPV”

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Melissa Mark-Viverito made an unusual admission for a politician on Sunday night: New York City’s City Council Speaker announced to her followers on Twitter that she has high risk HPV.

Mark-Viverito shared how the common STI she has can potentially lead to cervical cancer and that she is having a biopsy on Tuesday. She tweeted: Keep reading »

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