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Most Women Have Never Been Asked About Domestic Violence By Their Doctors

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  • A whopping 76 percent of women have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam, according to a shocking new study from More magazine and the Verizon Foundation.  My gyno always asks me about how my partners treat me and yours should, too — let them know you feel this way. [Feministing]
  • Here’s Jaclyn Friedman, Yes Means Yes co-editor, on how the “men’s rights” movement is hurting women — and men, too. [American Prospect]
  • More TV shows are now portraying Black women as complex, emotional human beings rather than the tired stereotype of the “strong Black woman.” [BuzzFeed]
  • Saudi Arabia is warning women who plan to break the law and drive cars on Saturday that they will be “disturbing the public peace.” Remember, ladies, driving is also bad for your ovaries. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Virginia’s GOP Candidate Ken Cuccinelli Donated Money To “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

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  • Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has donated money to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” anti-abortion groups which present themselves as being medical clinics. CPCs will stop at nothing to prevent women from terminating unwanted pregnancies, including erroneously telling them abortion causes breast cancer. Cuccinelli has donated thousands of dollars to CPCs over the past four years, according to his tax returns. Gross, gross, gross. [Mother Jones]
  • Your friendly neighborhood men’s rights activist doesn’t “give a damn” about female rape victims. [Raw Story]
  • Family planning isn’t about sluts wanting to be slutty — it’s about creating a society where taxpayers do not spend $12.5 billion dollars on the cost of unintended pregnancies. This was the amount that the government spent in 2008 on covering unintended pregnancies through programs like Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Indian Health Service, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute.  Why, exactly, are conservatives so resistant to women planning their pregnancies so more families could have babies they can actually afford? This makes ZERO sense to me.  [Guttmacher]
  • The NFL is lining its pockets with profits from Breast Cancer Awareness swag. [Clutch Magazine]
  • A Black woman on why she is not interested in reclaiming the word “slut.” [Salon] Keep reading »

Colorado Anti-Choicers Get Enough Signatures For Fetal Personhood Ballot Initiative

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Anti-abortion activists have been successful in collecting enough signatures to get a fetal personhood ballot initiative for the 2014 election.The initiative will ask voters if they would like to change the definition of a person to include fetuses, or in anti-abortion parlance, the “unborn,” in the state’s criminal code. Keep reading »

California Has A New Law About Abortion & It’s Actually Good

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  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday which authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions. It’s the only bill in the country this year that improves access to abortion, not restricts it. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Disney whine: animating female characters is harrrrrd. [Slate]
  • Pink-ifying breast cancer makes women take the disease less seriously, according to research. [Sociological Images]
  • Between Christine Lagarde and Janet Yellen, the two top jobs in global finance will soon be filled by women. [TIME] Keep reading »

Widower Of Irish Woman Who Died After Being Refused An Abortion Sues Doctors

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Savita Halappanavar
The 31-year-old died because the hospital refused to give her an abortion. Read More »
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  • Praveen Halappanavar, the widower of Savita Halappanavar, the woman who died in an Irish hospital last year after she was refused a medically necessary abortion, is suing the Health Service Executive. Savita, 31, died from septic shock caused by a dying fetus being kept in her womb for several days. Doctors reportedly refused to terminate Savita’s pregnancy while she was miscarrying because they were afraid they were breaking Irish law against abortion. The suit fingers the HSE and Savita’s obstetrician for negligence and claims they failed to uphold Savita’s right to life. Hmmmm. [BBC]
  • Victims are pushing for laws against using naked pics as online “revenge porn.” [New York Times]
  • Obamacare’s birth control coverage explained in six questions. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

Frisky Movie Review: “After Tiller” — On Women And The Abortion Providers Who Trust Them

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"What's The Right Thing To Do?"

A few months ago, I chatted with a newly pregnant friend over ice cream. Eventually, after we exhausted the areas of the politics of maternity leave and the excitement of decorating her baby’s room, our conversation turned to reproductive choice. Specifically, we talked about her decision to terminate her pregnancy if she and her husband learned that the fetus had developed a major chromosomal abnormality that would drastically decrease its chances for a viable, healthy life. Although both she and the baby were currently healthy, and tests proved that the likelihood of such abnormalities was negligible, she and her husband chose to keep the option of abortion on the table, in case they truly needed it later in the pregnancy. “I want to be a mother,” she told me, “but I want my child to have the best possible chance at life.”

I am relieved that, for my friend’s sake, this is probably not a choice on which she will need to act. In all likelihood, her baby will be healthy and safe. But in case a difficult decision needs to be made, it is critical that such options exist for parents to consider. I thought about our conversation when I saw Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s new documentary, “After Tiller,” an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Like my friend, the majority of the women featured in are women who want to be mothers. They want to have healthy, happy children, and they want to provide their children with the best lives possible. Yet, when faced with the reality that their babies will not have the lives for which they planned, the mothers choose the option that they believe will demonstrate the greatest display of love and dignity. “After Tiller” shares these stories through the perspectives of the mothers seeking third-trimester abortions and the doctors providing them. Keep reading »

Pregnant CrossFit Mom Lea-Ann Ellison Inspires Internet Ire For Lifting Weights At Eight Months

Pregnancy is one of life’s beautiful passages. It’s also when a pregnant woman can never do anything right, according to some people. The latest mom-to-be to get raked over the coals is Lea-Ann Ellison, 35, of California who was photographed lifting heavy weights as part of her Crossfit training … while eight-and-a-half months pregnant.

In a picture posted on Crossfit’s Facebook page, a workout gear-clad Ellison is squatting to lit a Hulk Hogan-sized bodybuilding weight as her pregnant belly hangs below her. She wrote on the caption:

“8 months pregnant with baby number 3 and CrossFit has been my sanity. I have been CrossFitting for 2 1/2 years and…strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body’s capabilities to kick ass.”

The Internet reacted badly, to put it mildly. “Sickening,” “crap” and “stupid” are just a few words that Ellison has been called. She’s been told she is putting her unborn child at risk and that she may know a lot about exercise but nothing about being a good parent.  Keep reading »

Study: North & South Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

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  • Support for legal abortion has dropped in the South yet increased in New England over the past eight years, according to the findings in a new Pew Research Center poll. [PewResearch.org]
  • Due to the Texas constitution’s definition of marriage, the Texas National Guard is refusing to process same-sex benefits requests. Today is the first day that gays and lesbians in the U.S. military can apply for benefits for their partners. [CBS News]
  • Journalist Lindsay Beyerstein unpacks Sweetening The Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Griff-Spall, a new book that argues the birth control pill is dangerous. [Slate] Keep reading »

Study: Induced Labor May Be Linked To Autism

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Another code may have been cracked in how autism occurs in children: children that were born from labor induction or speeding up the birth with drugs were more likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. The study conducted by Simon Gregory from Duke Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, found the education records of about 678,000 babies, where a note would indicate whether the children had been diagnosed with autism; they then looked into their mothers’ inducement of labor during childbirth. Women who had labor-inducing drugs were 23 percent more likely to have kids who were later diagnosed with autism. Correlation not being causation, though, the study does not prove that speeding up the labor process causes autism. Because there was no direct link found, medical procedures for inducing labor will not change. Additionally, other factors may contribute to autism in children, including a woman’s use of folic acid and epilepsy drugs during her pregnancy. For now, autism still remains a mystery. [Reuters; TIME] [Image of a pregnant woman via Shutterstock]

Study: Anorexia Is Similar To Autism

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Exploiting Anorexia
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A new study suggests that girls suffering from anorexia display similar personality traits to those with autism, such as lack of empathy, high focus on detail, and rigid behavior. In some instances, girls with anorexia scored five times higher in autistic qualities than non-anorexic girls on the Autism Spectrum Quotient. Keep reading »

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