- A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the only physician who had admitting privileges recently died and the clinic could not afford to stay open while other physicians obtained them. [Washington Post]
- Twelve Democratic women running for office in the U.S. have already bested their competitors in fundraising. [Politico]
- Chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov was arrested for protesting outside the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow today. The three band members were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism.” [The Quietus]
- Criminal prosecution of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas, was dropped today. [KansasCity.com]
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So uh, don’t freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend.
Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy’s Law. Patrick and I both thought it was pretty funny, in that “oh, life” way, when it occurred to me a few days after I missed my period why I wasn’t bleeding.
Being first-trimester crazy (I have fits of horrific rage, I get depressed, I can’t sleep, I can’t concentrate) has made everything more difficult these last couple weeks. Having an abortion is really not that big of a deal, but it would be even less of a deal if one were not suffering from overhormones when it’s all going down.
I didn’t really waffle at all on it. Patrick and I are both exhausted. When we are at home dealing with the kids, someone constantly needs something (or many people need things at once), and then there’s cleaning up after four kids, etc. We already should do more for our kids than we do. There is no way we can deal with another pregnancy or baby on top of one-year-old twins, two older children, work, and life. I could feel Patrick’s terror at the thought; he’s already on his last nerve. It would also be very difficult to afford. and where would we put another baby? Keep reading »
God bless America, the land where you can resign from your job in shame after doing something douchey and then turn around and blame it on the victim of your attack. I speak, of course, of Karen Handel, an anti-abortion ex-politician and former executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who resigned in February after attempting to defund Planned Parenthood. Although Komen’s grants were only used for cancer screenings, PP was targeted because some clinics perform abortions.
Handel has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for a book called Planned Bullyhood, out in September. Planned Bullyhood, huh? Because giving Pap smears to low-income women who have no other health care options is so bullying! “Glee” should do a dance number! Get Lady Gaga on the phone! Anti-abortion activists were born this way! Keep reading »
Next month the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democratic delegates will nominate President Barack Obama for their candidate. Such events are not just about nominating a candidate, though, but an overall PR blitz for their party’s values.
Politico has seen drafts (“a starting point”) of convention-planning documents describing the DNC’s alleged plans, most notable of which will include pairs of individuals discussing Obama’s policies in comparison to Mitt Romney’s. But it is the precise people they suggest that leaves a slightly bad taste in my mouth. Instead of a gay couple — the documents explicitly say “not a gay couple” — one pair will be a “parent and a gay son or daughter.” Another pair, who will discuss Planned Parenthood, will be a “husband who talks about how a Pap smear saved his wife’s life,” as well as his spouse.
5 Reasons I’m Going To Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes – And You Should Go, Too
I’m one of the hundreds of people signed up to go to Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes this fall. Here are the top five reasons I hope you’ll be joining me there. Keep reading »
- Actress Elizabeth Banks continues to be a magical unicorn from my dreams with this just-released video in support of Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. Banks talks about why she supports Planned Parenthood — when she was a broke college graduate they helped regulate her heavy flow! — and Obama’s overall support for women’s health care. (No one tell her “30 Rock” character Avery Jessup that she did this, okay?) [YouTube]
- Two different people have told me they just couldn’t read this Esquire article about women “whining” because it is just too obnoxious. You’ve been warned. [Esquire]
- An Orthodox Jewish member of the Boro Park neighborhood in Brooklyn does not want security video cameras posted for a bone-chilling reason: he is concerned that any domestic violence captured on camera will be dealt with “outside the community.” [Forward]
- What to do when your friend group has a case of the Creepy Dude. [Captain Awkward] Keep reading »
I was commenting on how packaged pregnancy tests resemble fruit roll ups when my mother told me scientists once injected bunnies with a woman’s urine to determine whether or not she was pregnant.
“A rabbit?” I was a little stunned by the idea of poor, floppy-eared, innocent rabbits getting shot up with pee. “Oh yeah!” My mother said nodding. “People used to say, well, the rabbit died. And everyone would know she was pregnant.”
An episode of “M*A*S*H” even made reference to the practice when Hot Lips thought she might be pregnant and the only available test was via Radar’s unsuspecting pet rabbit Fluffy.
This method seemed so bizarre to me, that I was compelled to learn more about the history of pregnancy tests. Click on to see what kind of crazy stuff I discovered.
Move over, milk, there’s a more fun drink that helps keep women’s bones healthy as they get older: wine. Drinking the equivalent of two small glasses of wine each day helps post-menopausal women retain old bone, making their bones stronger overall and helping to fend off osteoporosis, according to a new study. Read more…
- Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked Arizona from enforcing its ban on abortions after 20 weeks except in order to save the life of the mother or to avert “major bodily harm.” [Reuters, Politico]
- EW. Director Alfred Hitchcock ruined “The Birds” star Tippi Hedren’s career because she wouldn’t have a sexual relationship with him. I had no idea about any of this, but it’s being turned into an HBO film called “The Girl.” [Think Progress]
- Why female athletes usually get shafted in the post-Olympics hunt for endorsers. [Business Insider]
- What you need to know about birth control, health care reform, and why the brand of contraception that you use is important. [XX Factor]
- On sexual harassment in gaming culture. [New York Times] Keep reading »