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AFTER THE JUMP: Fox joins Apatow; Richmond, Va. debates Planned Parenthood; Scott Walker's pro-life flip-flop
ANALYZING MEGAN FOX, through the lens of Judd Apatow: "I'm more interested in what this casting choice means for how Apatow intends to expand the universe in which his stories take place," Alyssa Rosenberg writes. "I love the idea of Apatow doing something like what Beverly Cleary did in her young adult novels, or Nick Hornby did with his London in High Fidelity and About a Boy and creating a coherent look at a broad community through his movies. If he picks Los Angeles, women like Megan Fox are part of the scenery. It's what he does with them that matters. Apatow has yet to surprise me with a portrait of a lady, but I'd like to see him try."
THE D.C. RAPE CRISIS CENTER will hold a series of events throughout April to address sexual assault awareness month among D.C.'s at-risk communities.
DO ANTI-ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVISTS take it out on women? The New York Times claims in its obituary of former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro that "Abortion opponents hounded her at almost every stop with an intensity seldom experienced by male politicians.” But activists are denying that they treated Ferraro any differently than they do pro-choice male politicians. QED: "In accusing pro-life advocates of sexism, the New York Times overlooks the fact that pro-life advocates voted en masse for Sarah Palin. If the pro-life movement were sexist, would they have voted overwhelmingly in 2008 for the ticket with the female VP candidate? It was the pro-abortion side that launched reprehensible sexist attacks on Palin during the 2008 campaign."
RICHMOND DEBATES PLANNED PARENTHOOD in light of the Virginia bill that would force the state's abortion clinics to undergo severe renovations. PRO: "Planned Parenthood is a reproductive healthcare provider . . . 90 percent of our services are prevention oriented, [such as] birth control, education, STD and HIV testing and treatment. We do cancer screenings and referrals for cervical cancer. We can do treatment in office. We also provide family planning services. We have two pre-natal programs and adoption services, as well as advocacy and lobbying components. About 10 percent of our services are first trimester abortion services." CON: "I don’t accept that prevention is the focus of Planned Parenthood . . . It is an organization whose primary mission is abortion and the politics of abortion. If they are so concerned about 'prevention,' why do they make ending abstinence education, the absolutely most effective way to ensure prevention of 'unwanted' pregnancy, one of their primary missions? Planned Parenthood benefits financially from every risky sexual behavior."
SCOTT WALKER'S pro-life flip-flop.