Of Mice And Men: New Male Contraceptives Successful

“Pills, sponges, IUDs, diaphragms — women have many options for planning their fertility, none of them quite perfect. But what if men want to help out? They have only two options — vasectomy, which is usually permanent, and condoms, which are crucial for dating but get old in long-term relationships. Will men ever have a way to reliably make sure that nobody is every calling them “Daddy” before they are ready?”

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Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

“So signing this bill today is to send a clear message: that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody; that there are no second-class citizens in our workplaces; and that it’s not just unfair and illegal, it’s bad for business to pay somebody less because of their gender or their age or their race or their ethnicity, religion or disability; and that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory, or footnote in a casebook. It’s about how our laws affect the daily lives and the daily realities of people: their ability to make a living and care for their families and achieve their goals.”

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Tina Fey wins Best Comedy Actress Golden Globe

Yay Tina! My favorite woman in the media also made my new favorite speech about the Internet, after her win for 30 Rock: “I really know how very lucky I am to have the year that I’ve had this year… and if you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet. And you can find a lot of people who don’t like you.” Watch the rest of the speech here.

Risky Abortion Alternatives

Surgical abortions are not an option for all women. 
Fear of deportation, mistrust of the health care system, shame, lack of health insurance, cost of abortion, fear of surgery, not knowing about free clinics, and protesters at abortion clinics are driving Latina women, especially Dominican women, to use risky alternatives to induce abortions. In a traditional community that shuns abortions and the women that go through them, Dominican women are finding a solution in misoprostol, a medication used to prevent gastric ulcers. Other ways in which women are inducing their own abortions are: “mixing malted beverages with aspirin, salt or nutmeg; throwing themselves down stairs or having people punch them in the stomach; and drinking teas of avocado leaf, pine wood, oak bark and mamon fruit peel.”
Many women feel that these “natural remedies” for unwanted pregnancies give them privacy and relieve guilt and shame because the self-induced abortion seems more natural, more like a miscarriage. 
Read the NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/nyregion/05abortion.html?ref=nyregion