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Rep. Michael Burgess Says 15-Week Old Male Fetuses Masturbate For Pleasure | House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

1. Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess says that he supports the proposed federal ban on abortion at 20 weeks because he has personally witnessed male fetuses with their hands “between their legs” pleasuring themselves at 15 weeks.

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” he continued. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?”

2. Personhood Ohio’s Director Patrick Johnson is trying to raise money for a mailing and has decided to sell off some of his assault rifles, high capacity magazines and ammunition.

“I’m a firm believer that the Second Amendment protects the future of freedom, but not as much as justice for the preborn. See, if God’s against you, your guns won’t help you at all. The shedding of innocent blood will bring God’s wrath on the land – and then you can wave freedom goodbye. So protecting Ohio’s children is more important than securing your right to keep and bear arms.”

Johnson is selling his weapons on his Facebook page and will provide safety lessons to the buyers.

3. The US Supreme Court will decide tomorrow whether or not it will put Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems on the 2014 docket. The suit challenges a December 2012 decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that declared the Oklahoma Ultrasound Act, which requires the performance, display and explanation of a pre-abortion ultrasound, to be “facially unconstitutional”.

The specific requirements of HB 2780 mandate physicians perform an ultrasound at least one hour before proceeding with an abortion, display the ultrasound images to the pregnant woman, and also provide a simultaneous medical description of the ultrasound images. via RH Reality Check.

4. The first study by the Center for Disease Control of a vaccine against a cervical cancer virus cut infections in teen girls by half. Prior studies done on the HPV vaccine were equally strong. 

Only about half of US teen girls have gotten at least one dose of the expensive $130 a dose vaccine, with only a third of teen girls having had all three shots. Among the girls who received the vaccine, the drop in HPV infections was 88 percent. 

An estimated 75 to 80 percent of men and women are infected with HPV during their lifetime. Most don’t develop symptoms and clear it on their own. But some infections lead to genital warts, cervical cancer and other cancers.

5. Nigella Lawson was lensed in London without her wedding ring, writes The Sun. Nigella has been at an expensive weekly rental apartment in central London since Monday. Her husband Charles Saatchi has not been seen there. Saatchi has issued a statement saying that Lawson left their Chelsea home “till the dust had settled” after what he called their “playful tiff” in which shocking images of his hands around Nigella’s throat went global.


Is Chef Nigella Lawson Another Abused Wife? Charles Saatchi Calls Throat Choke Hold 'A Playful Tiff'

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The face of domestic violence took a most public turn this weekend, as Britain’s billionaire art dealer and advertising, 70-year-old Charles Saatchi was observed with his hands around the throat of wife and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. Scotland Yard seeks “to establish the facts” of an apparently violent argument at the well-known Scott’s seafood restaurant in London’s Mayfair neighborhood eight days earlier.

Just A ‘Playful Tiff”?

As friends and pundits weigh in on the now infamous photos of Charles Saatchi with his hands around the throat of his wife Nigella Lawson, a classic picture of domestic violence begins to emerge. For those who caution against a rush to judgement in the case, AOC asks: Under what circumstances would it be appropriate that a man is choking his wife in private or in public?

For women living as victims of domestic violence, the focus of this case should not be the journalistic ethics of London’s Sunday people or the paparrazi photographer JEAN-Paul who took the images. Only men like Roy Greenslade focus on this aspect of the Lawson-Saatchi situation.

Charles Saatchi has issued a statement to the Evening Standard, calling the incident that occurred a week ago “a playful tiff”.

Writes Tom Sykes: “The distressing incident, which reportedly left Nigella in tears, lends credence to those who say that the increasingly reclusive Saatchi, who recently turned 70, has become violently jealous of his wife’s successful career. Having conquered the U.K. with her TV shows and cookery books, Nigella has now turned her attention to the U.S., where her appearance as a judge on ABC’s The Taste received positive reviews.”

An accomplished chef for 15 years, Nigella Lawson has experienced plenty of tragedy in her life. Her mother died of liver cancer at the age of 49. Nigella’s sister Thomasina died of breast cancer in 1993 at age 32, while her first husband, the journalist John Diamond, died of throat cancer in 2001.

It’s reported that Nigella Lawson has struggled with questions of identity and self-worth, qualities that frequently define victims of spousal abuse who remain in the marriage. “I am so pathetic I even crave the approval of my toothbrush,” Nigella told the Financial Times magazine.

Nigella Lawson Leaves Home

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi leaving Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair a week ago, after the terrible row occurred. Image By JEAN-Paul

Unlike Nigella Lawson, I left my husband the night he had his hands on my throat, pounding my head against the floor. Good friends were with us when he turned on me, annoyed that I overcooked the brussel sprouts. I was totally embarrassed over his attempts to ruin dinner, and I told him that in the future, he could cook his own brussel sprouts. The result of my response was a violent physical attack that would have been far worse, if our friends hadn’t been present. They stayed with us, until I left the house to seek safety with another friend of mine and her husband.

Just as Nigella Lawson’s husband Charles Saatchi has a history of outbursts and is known for his ‘mercurial’ personality, my husband — not nearly as successful — was known for the same trait. Angry that I was having drinks with coworkers one evening, he stood waiting at the window of our Brooklyn brownstone for me to come home. Furious that it was now 7:30pm and I was out enjoying myself, he slammed down the open window so hard, that the glass shattered.

Anna Maxted writes:Nigella Lawson, handsome, clever, rich, who seems to unite some of the best blessings of existence, isn’t the sort of woman we expect to get hit by her husband. And yet, here we are, gawking at photographs which apparently show Charles Saatchi with his hands around our heroine’s throat, and her obvious, chilling terror.”

NY Model Law

The New York state legislature passed unanimously new legislation insuring that child models have the same protections as actors and performers. Previously, an exception had been made for child print models used extensively by the fashion industry.

The new legislation was launched as part of an initiative by New York’s The Model Alliance, ‘giving a voice to the faces of the fashion industry’. The Model Alliance was founded by Sara Ziff, modeling since 14 and represented by Marilyn Model Management. In 2009, she co-directed and produced the feature film Picture Me, which chronicles her and other models’ experiences of the modeling industry. Sara earned a B.A. in Political Science, with a focus on labor and community organizing, from Columbia University.

The law, which impacts models under 18, is expected to have significant impact on the faces of fashion, long dominated by child models posing as grown women. Moving forward, models won’t be able to work past midnight on school nights. They can’t return to work less than 12 hours after leaving. The law will also provide that models are allotted study time, tutors and a space for instruction. If a model is under 16, a “responsible person” must be designated to monitor the activity and safety of the minor, according to the legislation.

Additionally, 15 percent of the child model’s earnings must be transferred into a separate, restricted bank account, which must be set up by the model’s parent or guardian. If the law is broken, the employer will be fined $1,000 for the first violation, and that total will increase by $1,000 for every subsequent violation.

It’s expected that the law will significantly impact the careers of models over 18 in an industry known for churning through young women at an escalating rate.


Carl Levin (D-Mich.) Chair of Armed Services Committee Sides With Military Against Gillibrand | Nancy Brinker's Huge Komen Salary

1.Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) sided with military brass and not fellow Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), thwarting her effort to place military sex assault cases in the hands of an independent prosecutor. 

Levin (D-Mich.) will strip a proposal by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) from the policy-setting Defense Authorization Act and replace it with a measure that instead requires senior military officers to review decisions when commanders refuse to prosecute a case, writes NBC News.

2. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) stunned House members with his resistance to a rape exception in his bill to nationally ban all abortions after 20 weeks. Franks told colleagues “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

In fact, experts estimate that at least 5% of all rapes result in pregnancy or about 32,000 rape pregnancies each year. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the Francks’ claim “medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.”

It was the Nazis who created this myth that women, who believe they will die, stop ovulating.

3. “Some girls enjoy being raped,” Israeli judge Nissim Yeshaya declared in the case of a 19-yeart-old Israeli girl who was raped by four Palestininians at age 13.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who described the remarks as “unfortunate” and “unacceptable.” He said he would withdraw his support for the judge’s appointment as the head of the Likud Party’s internal Court. Likewise, in a joint announcement Wednesday, Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and the Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, said Yeshaya has officially resigned his post.xxxz

4. Komen’s former CEO Nancy Brinker announced recently that the organization will cancel half its breast cancer fundraising races in 2014, due to decreased participation. Fundraising has dropped precipitously since Komen tried to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood. It came to light this week that Brinker’s Komen salary is $684,000 a year. For an organization the size of Komen, $400,000 is the average CEO salary. Ken Berger, president and CEO of charity watchdog Charity Navigator told NBC: “This is more than the head of the Red Cross is making for an organization that is one-tenth the size of the Red Cross.”

5. The US fashion industry is only one high-profile business group that relies heavily on the service of unpaid internships. The decision of Judge William H. Pauley III that Fox Searchlight should have paid two interns on the movie ‘Black Swan’, because they were essentially regular employees should send chills through Seventh Avenue. The judge rules on Tuesday that Fox Searchlight Pictures had violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying production interns.

The judge forcefully called for following criteria that the Department of Labor has laid out for unpaid internships. via NYTimes