Busy Philipps on abortion: Women have held on to a lot of this shame

The actor and author who recently testified before Congress on why she got an abortion discusses the power in being vocal about uncomfortable experiences Busy Philipps big dreams for the stage never included ending their pregnancies in 1969 to the 343 French influencers led by Simone de Beauvoir who signed a 1971 manifesto wrote in the New York Times. But as women stopped talking about it publicly, the anti-abortion movement gathered steam. Busy Philipps testifies about the threat to abortion rights before a House judiciary subcommittee. Photograph: c-span By 2014, one in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45. And now, thanks to the addition of two ultra-conservative supreme court justices picked by Donald Trump, anti-abortion …

Moby’s treatment of Natalie Portman is a masterclass in nice-guy misogyny | Arwa Mahdawi

While the vegan musician might not spout misogynistic lyrics, hes no feminist. He dismisses Portmans refutation that they dated as untrustworthy gossip If someone had said the word Moby a week ago, chances are the first thing youd have thought is Dick. That probably hasnt changed but now youd likely be referring to the 90s musician rather than the 19th century whale. Over the past few days, Moby has been stress-testing the adage that all publicity is good publicity by repeatedly insisting that he and Natalie Portman used to be an item, even if she says they werent. In his new memoir, When It Fell Apart, Moby claims that he dated Portman when he was 33 and she was 20, …

Why the senators race matters in reporting the Alabama abortion ban | Paul Chadwick

Readers argued it was wrong to highlight that the men who voted in the measure were white. But it was central to the story, says the readers editor Paul Chadwick Why, demanded several readers, does BBC guidelines express a rationale that is widely shared among journalism codes: Content may reflect the prejudice and disadvantage which exist in societies worldwide but we should not perpetuate it. In some instances, references to race may be relevant to portrayal. However, we should avoid careless or offensive stereotypical assumptions and people should only be described in such terms when editorially justified. In this Alabama case, I believe race was highly pertinent. An important aspect of this story is representation, or lack of it. The …

Trump takes war on abortion worldwide as policy cuts off funds

Sexual health organisations warn women will die if they are forced to seek DIY abortions The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it. The Mexico City policy, dubbed the global gag by its critics, denies US federal funds to any organisation involved in providing abortion services overseas or counselling women about them. It was instituted by the then US president Ronald Reagan and has been revoked by every Democrat and reinstated by every Republican president since. But, under Trump, the net has been thrown wider and pulled tighter than ever. Sexual health organisations have said women …

The California jail where women say guards and medics preyed on them

Former inmates at a Los Angeles county prison allege a range of sexual abuses by employees from overt assault to subtle misconduct made easy by the toxic power dynamics In 2011, Michele Infante was incarcerated for close to six months at the Century regional detention facility in Lynwood, California, a small city adjacent to Compton and Watts. The facility is Los Angeles countys only jail designated for women and sprawls across an industrial zone in the shadow of the Imperial Highway. Infante, now 58, says she was sexually assaulted and sexually abused by two different employees at Lynwood, as the jail is known locally. As she recalls, one day in late September 2011, after Infante had been at Lynwood for …

Trump expands global gag rule that blocks US aid for abortion groups

Policy bans aid going to foreign groups that support abortion rights as secretary of state Mike Pompeo says: This is decent. This is right The Trump administration has expanded expanded the reach of the funding ban which dates back to the Reagan administration, to apply to all US healthcare assistance, totalling about $6bn. The extension of the policy announced by Pompeo would not only cut funding to foreign non-governmental organisations directly involved in abortions or abortion rights advocacy, but also those who fund or support other groups which provide or discuss abortion. What is the ‘global gag rule’? The rule, otherwise known as the Mexico City policy, requires NGOs to certify that they will not perform or promote abortions anywhere …

Feminism with no human warmth leaves me cold | Zoe Williams

Im a fan of the acclaimed young writer known as the Slumflower. But her sexual creed of exploitation appals me, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams A couple of years ago, the feminist society of Deptford Green secondary school convened a conference. It was there that I met Chidera Eggerue: aka the Slumflower, author of #saggyboobsmatter movement. She was a remarkable woman. I dont want to call her a remarkable young woman, even though she was 23 at the time: young is such a modifier and she would have been remarkable at any age. Her broad message was one of body positivity: if you love yourself and your shape, nobody can shame you. She built what I thought was a brisk, …

Women with Allergan breast implants may sue over cancer link

UK women claim they were not told enough about potential risk of rare breast cancer A group of more than 200 women are considering legal action over controversial breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer. The women claim they were not sufficiently informed about the risks of textured Allergan implants, Women who have the implants and capsules removed can make a full recovery, but if left untreated the disease can spread throughout the body and become life-threatening. Last year, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) advised its members to stop using Allergan implants as a precaution, but said the scientific data did not suggest the need to remove or exchange any current implants. …

The truth about late-term abortions in the US: they’re very rare

Republicans are pushing to ban abortions as early as 15 weeks while Democrats focus on loosening restrictions. Mona Chalabi illustrates the facts The debate about abortion in the US seems to be taking place on shifting ground. Republicans have recently made efforts to ban abortions as early as 15 weeks in Missouri and late-term abortions. Late-term abortions are particularly controversial. Especially when the inflammatory language deployed by the Donald Trump in his State of the Union address claims that Democrats want to make legislative changes would allow a baby to be ripped from the mothers womb moments from birth. But late-term abortions are also very rare. In 2015, more than found this is particularly true for poorer women. Looking through …