- An ad for the Centro Tepeyac Women's Center
MONTGOMERY COUNTY defends its law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to admit they don't provide medical care. A similar regulation in Baltimore City was ruled unconstitutional last Friday. The Mo Co regulation requires anti-abortion centers to post notices stating that the center "does not have a licensed medical professional on staff" and that the "Montgomery County Health Officer encourages women who are or may be pregnant to consult with a licensed health care provider."
Attorneys for Silver Spring's Centro Tepeyac Women's Center have argued that the rule infringes on the center's freedom of speech. And back in 2009, a Washington Post editorial argued that the regulation was too lax; "As long as a pregnancy center makes this disclosure, it is free to provide whatever advice or information it wishes," the paper wrote. The "proposed disclosure is too cryptic to be an effective alarm bell for many women."
AFTER THE JUMP: Assessing a 10-year-old's epithet; getting birth control under the health care bill; Jesus chicken, and who can write about it objectively:
TODAY, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will rally against a state bill that would prevent private insurance companies from covering abortions.
COUNTING the percentage of female authors—and reviewers—featured in literary journalism.
CAN LESBIANS BE OBJECTIVE on the topic of Jesus chicken?
SEAN BUGG of Metro Weekly on how to address an epithet from a 10-year-old:
Waiting for our food to arrive, we delved into the word-scramble puzzle: ''How many words can you make from the letters in GIRAFFE?''
I actually love these kinds of games, so I had to slow myself down and let him puzzle them out for himself with some minor assists. We seemed to hit a stumbling block after finding ''rage,'' so I pointed out ''fig.'' He jotted that onto the list in red and then had a little inspiration.
''I have one!'' he said. ''F-A-G!''
Things got strangely silent in my head for a moment, the prelude to the mental scrambling for purchase that I assume accompanies every parent's realization that it's time to have a very special and very important conversation. Does he understand what he said? What do I say? Am I going to screw this up?
INTERPRETING Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski's health care amendment urging officials to take the “unique health needs of women" into account.
IS THIS "the most gay-affirming black gay exposition" ever aired on television?
PICK-UP ARTISTS hit the Pentagon City Mall food court.