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Weekly News Round-Up, Snowed In Edition

January 31, 2010

Rachel in the snow beside her houseNashville got a few inches of snow on Friday, and I’m still not sure about getting down the hill for work tomorrow. Snow day!

Local and law student Goldni has two good posts this week, one on Roeder’s trial, and one on the parents who tried to get the dictionary removed from school because it contains *gasp* adult words. She writes:

…the fact that it took a whole committee to decide that it would do more good than harm to let the kids use the dictionary, and the fact that there are still some parents who may think that the dictionary may be just too scandalous for their kids, is profoundly disturbing.

As a librarian, I couldn’t agree more.

Christine also posted on the Roeder verdict at Our Bodies Our Blog. I actually got a copy of the partner abuse/birth control sabotage story and posted some of the details from that. Also, a former OBOS board member is translating some posts into Spanish for us.

Feministing points to a statement urging against an adoptive “orphan” rush in Haiti.

Thanks to Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction (where I noticed the Feministing link above) and FWD/Forward and Womanist Musings for spreading the word about OBOS’s call for input for the 2011 edition.

I’m not a fan of the whole Tebow ad thing because of the premise – because this individual woman did not choose abortion, and her individual son turned out to be good at something a lot of people value – because she made the “right” choice – then other women should not have that choice. It just doesn’t make the kind of sense it’s supposed to. I think it’s also an issue if CBS is going to refuse advocacy money from pro-choice or other efforts. Meanwhile, others have pointed out that Mom Tebow’s choice may not have been as free as it is made to appear (if you want to be lauded for your “choice,” you need to have some actual agency to decide – which is part of the premise problem). I think it has also highlighted the kind of economic freedom/power some women continue to have even when abortion is illegal – if she could have had an abortion, she had a kind of power to choose not afforded to most women in that situation. RHRC is also talking about the story.

Cheers to Wisconsin for progress on a bill requiring medically accurate instruction about contraception in their sex ed instruction.

JCAHO (sorry, Joint Commission!) issued a sentinel event alert on maternal health.

Trusted consumer health information MedlinePlus now comes in a mobile version.

I haven’t heard it yet, but there’s a Cochrane podcast on Restricting oral fluid and food intake during labour.

RHRC on the needs of pregnant women in Haiti. Time covers current problems of donating breastmilk.

At The Unnecesarean, Yes, It’s True: Med Students Perform Pelvic Exams on Anesthetized Women. This is something that I always assume has stopped, everywhere.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England has developed a sex education curriculum for adults with developmental disabilities. I haven’t reviewed it yet but thought it might be of interest. [found via Siobhan]

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. patricia cash permalink
    February 1, 2010 5:43 am

    Just found your blog,thanks for having a great and informative womens blog.

  2. February 2, 2010 10:33 pm

    I’ve thought some more about this dictionary business over the weekend–I can guarantee it didn’t happen as the parents claim it did. I’d bet good money on this happening instead: the kid heard about it from a classmate at recess or in the cafeteria (“Hey guys, you won’t believe this gross thing my older brother does with his girlfriend!”), looked it up in the dictionary to see if that was what “oral sex” really meant, and blurted it out to his or her parents. That’s how kids learn about these things.

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