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Supreme Court Rules Employers With Religious Objections Don’t Have To Cover Contraception

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The Supreme Court ruled today [PDF] that employers with religious objections to birth control are not required to cover contraception in health insurance plans for women under the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians who oppose birth control. The Obama administration had made a variety of concessions for religious employers like churches and religious non-profits, but this ruling affects for-profit businesses. (According to Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog, this ruling will not apply to publicly held corporations, just family-owned businesses when the owners in question are clearly religious.)

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Florida Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Law

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  • Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law criminalizing a second- or third-trimester abortion after a doctor has determined a fetus could survive outside the womb. The law also removes the woman’s psychological distress as an exception for such an abortion.  [AP]
  • The United States Senate is expected to approve $41 million to test thousands of rape kits — used to collect DNA evidence following a sexual assault — gathering dust in crime labs. [Feminist.org]
  • The South Carolina state legislature is punishing colleges which assigned books about LGBTQ issues for summer reading by requiring the schools to now teach United States founding documents. They realize the Constitution doesn’t say anything about gays, right? [AutoStraddle] Keep reading »

Missouri Legislature Advances 3-Day Waiting Period For Abortion

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  • A Missouri bill mandating a three-day waiting period for an abortion is now sitting on the governor’s desk. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature advanced the bill, which would require a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to meet with her doctor and then wait three days, even if she is a victim of incest or rape. Such anti-choice bills make it harder and more expensive for women to obtain abortions. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has not indicated whether he’ll sign the bill. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Teen girls in Nigeria who escaped the kidnapping by Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group, open up about the horror they experienced. [New York Times] Keep reading »

PurrVerse: The NYPD Now Limits Using Condoms As Evidence Of Sex Work — But This Issue Is Far From Over

PurrVerse: The NYPD Now Limits Using Condoms As Evidence Of Sex Work — But This Issue Is Far From Over

The NYPD has finally agreed to ban the confiscation condoms as evidence from people they suspect of being sex workers. With similar measures having been fought for and won in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., this seems like a win for sexual health, right?

Well, sort of. The headlines I keep seeing aren’t actually accurate: “NYPD to stop seizing sex work suspects’ condoms,” “NYPD To Stop Seizing Condoms From Suspects As Evidence Of Prostitution,” etc. This sort of shoddy reporting might mean that the public thinks that condoms as evidence is an issue over and done with, when in fact there is more to do. The policy announced by  NYPD Commissioner Bratton bars confiscation of condoms as arrest evidence in prostitution, prostitution in a school zone, and loitering for the purposes of prostitution cases, which is a great start. But it’s not as overarching as the mainstream media seems to think it is. Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Placenta

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It always amuses me when something concerning pregnancy, birth, or parenting pops up as a “trend.” Odds are, that “trend” has been in practice for ages, but most likely in non-urban, non-privileged, non-U.S. areas. Take, for example, the notion of using midwives to deliver babies over OB-GYNs. Only when it hit Brooklyn and the New York Times Style section covered it, did using a midwife become a trend. Nevermind the fact that midwives remain the only option for maternal health care in much of the developing world! They’re also the preferred choice in places like the UK: midwives perform 80 to 90 percent of all low-risk births in England.

Recently the “trend” of doing stuff with your placenta post-delivery seems to be resurfacing. I say resurfacing because I feel like I’m always hearing stuff about other people’s placentas and what they’re doing with them. From burying them under a tree in the front yard to dehydrating them them into capsules, eating them , or using them as art pieces. Recently, Nick Baines wrote a piece for UK Guardian in which he described in great detail the various ways he ingested his wife’s placenta after the birth of their son. Keep reading »

South Carolina Advances Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

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  • A subcommittee in South Carolina’s state Senate has advanced a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill provides exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest, rape and fetal abnormalities. The 20-week limit is based on the medically unproven claim that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks. [CBS, RH Reality Check]
  • Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Nigeria aid, which it has accepted, to search for the 200+ kidnapped schoolgirls who were taken from their boarding school by a radical Islamist group. The teenagers have reportedly been sold into sex slavery by members of Boko Haram, who oppose education for girls. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Here, Dr. Drew, Take My “Garbage Bag Diagnosis” — Really, I Want You To Take It

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Last week, a caller on the syndicated call-in radio program “Loveline” prefaced his question by listing the symptoms of his fiancée’s endometriosis. The radio show’s host, Dr. Drew, cut him off:

“These are what we call sort of functional disorders. Everything you mentioned, everything you mentioned, are things that actually aren’t discernibly pathological. They’re what we call ‘garbage bag diagnoses,’ when you can’t think of anything else, you go, ‘Eh, it’s that.’ So, it then makes me question why is she so somatically preoccupied that she’s visiting doctors all the time with pains and urinary symptoms and pelvic symptoms, and then that makes me wonder, was she sexually abused growing up?”

Word? Okay. Because this one dude won’t ever experience a condition affecting 5 million American women, that means it’s got to be made up? Some of us might be survivors of sexual abuse. Because you can be a survivor of sexual abuse and have endometriosis at the damn same time. But being a survivor of sexual abuse and having endometriosis are mutually exclusive. Because sexual abuse does not cause endometriosis. Keep reading »

Google Admits Ads For “Crisis Pregnancy Ads” Are Deceptive Advertising

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Google has agreed to remove search ads for some “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) after admitting that the ads, which come up in searches for abortion, violate its policy against deceptive advertising.

CPCs are centers which portray themselves as women’s health clinics offering a range of treatment options for pregnant women, sometimes including abortion. But often the centers aren’t actually staffed by doctors and instead have counselors who try to dissuade women from terminating pregnancies, even telling them lies. They are frequently located near actual abortion clinics, so as to confuse women. (The HBO documentary “12th & Delaware” is a good primer on how CPCs operate.) Research by the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL-Pro Choice America) found that nearly 80 percent of the CPCs that advertise on Google claim to provide abortions and thus come up in a search for “abortion clinic,” but don’t actually offer abortions or referrals to abortion clinics or doctors in reality. Keep reading »

Cardinal Dolan: Women Can Get Birth Control “At 7-11″

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  • Catholic Cardinal Dolan said non-religious businesses shouldn’t be required to cover contraception in their health care plans, because women can get their birth control at “7-11 or any shop on any street in America.” Didn’t you know? They keep the Loestrin on the grill right next to the taquitos. [Raw Story]
  • Female soldiers of color are criticizing the Army’s new ban on popular hairstyles. [New York Times]
  • The War On Drugs is zeroing in on women. [Clutch Magazine]
  • On growing up without gendered pronouns. [Medium] Keep reading »

7 Things You Can Do In Your 20s To Keep Your Eyesight From Going To Pot Later On

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Good vision is something that many of us take for granted, but that can change in the blink of an eye! There are simple things we should be doing, even in our 20s, to make sure that our eyes stay in good working order for the long term. And this is important for women especially, since recent studies show that we experience serious vision issues, including permanent vision loss, twice as often as men! Keep reading »

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