January 30, 2014 |
MANILA - The Philippines, no stranger to the culture wars over contraception and abortion, will soon learn whether a controversial new law that requires the government to subsidize birth control for the poor is constitutional. The Filipino Supreme Court's decision is expected in March, but could come earlier. The new law makes no mention of abortion, which remains forbidden under almost all circumstances, but the Roman Catholic bishops of the Philippines have sought to frame it as such by arguing that any form of contraception other than church-approved “natural” methods or abstinence is tantamount to abortion.
March 18, 2013 |
Two female mannequins with more meat on their plastic bones than the standard department-store dummy are causing a social media ruckus - and not just because they're clad only in lingerie. A photo of the fuller-figured pair, rocking purple panties and matching bras, appeared last week on the Facebook page of Women's Rights News and soon went viral. “Store mannequins in Sweden,” the caption noted. “They look like real women. The US should invest in some of these.” As of Monday, more than 61,000 people liked the image and more than 3,000 visitors had commented.
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December 18, 2013 |
A word of caution: If you are a woman of child-bearing age, Catholic hospitals may be hazardous to your health. Why? Because Catholic-affiliated hospitals, which now account for one of every nine acute-care hospital beds in the country, aren't allowed to provide the medically accepted standard of care if it conflicts with Catholic teachings. This can include denying a rape victim morning-after pills. Or refusing to give abortions for ectopic or molar pregnancies, which are not viable and may threaten the mother's health or life.
April 13, 2013 |
When topless protesters decided to take aim at Islamism, some Muslim women fired back. “Nudity DOES NOT liberate me -- and I DO NOT need saving,” one wrote on a sign, held up to the camera in an image posted on Twitter. A furious debate broke out in the blogosphere after radical feminist group Femen launched its “Topless Jihad” last week for Amina Tyler, a Tunisian woman who faced threats after sharing a topless photo of herself online. Tyler, 19, had written “My body is mine, not somebody's honor" across her chest in Arabic in solidarity with Femen, a Kiev, Ukraine-based group known for topless protests.
May 2, 2013 |
In the sort of appearance destined to fan speculation about her presidential aspirations in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak in Beverly Hills next week at a gala hosted by the Pacific Council on International Policy. The nonpartisan group, which focuses on international affairs, plans to honor Clinton on Wednesday night with its inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award. Christopher, who served as secretary of State under President Clinton, was involved in the council for many years and chaired its board of directors.
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June 20, 2013 |
Wearing purple and carrying picket signs, hundreds of abortion rights advocates demonstrated Thursday night outside Hoag Hospital Newport Beach to protest a recent decision to eliminate elective abortions at the facility. They were met by a robust crowd of counter-demonstrators, many of whom made clear they were on board with the hospital's decision to stop providing the service after it affiliated with a Catholic healthcare system. Signs proclaiming “Our bodies, ourselves” mixed in with placards thanking Hoag for saving “babies.” Alternating chants of “Shame on Hoag!