An Arizona law bans funding for Planned Parenthood, while a Utah bill triples the waiting period before an abortion.It sounds like something that would expand access to family planning and women's health services, but the Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act actually ends funding for cancer screenings, birth control, and HIV testing if they're provided by an organization that also offers abortion services. That means Planned Parenthood, of course.
The new law, which Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed on Friday, stops any government entity (cities, counties, and the state itself) from giving money to Planned Parenthood and similar organizations, even though government funds are already not allowed to be used to pay for abortions. According to backers of the bill, the extra step of prohibiting something that's already prohibited is necessary in order to make sure that state money provided for acceptable purposes doesn't free up private funds for unacceptable ones.
"This is a common sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, May 7, 2012 7:36 PM EDT
An Arizona law bans funding for Planned Parenthood, while a Utah bill triples the waiting period before an abortion.It sounds like something that would expand access to family planning and women's health services, but the Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act actually ends funding for cancer screenings, birth control, and HIV testing if they're provided by an organization that also offers abortion services. That means Planned Parenthood, of course.Read More »from The Government, Your Uterus, and You: New Laws in Arizona, Utah Affect Women's Health
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Fri, May 4, 2012 4:04 PM EDT
Patricia Krentcil, 44, waits to be arraigned at the Essex County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The New York Post calls her the "Toast of the Town." Dermatologists suggest that she suffers from "Tanorexia." And tanning-booth veteran Snooki, of "Jersey Shore" fame, slammed her for being a bad mom.Read More »from Tanning Mom Patricia Krentcil Lashes Out at Critics
But Patricia Krentcil, the Nutley, N.J., woman accused of taking her then-5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth, leaving the little kid with burns severe enough to alarm the school nurse, says that her detractors are just jealous. And fat. And ugly.
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"I saw the headlines today, but I don't care! I don't care what anyone thinks of me!" The New York Post reported that she said outside of her hair salon yesterday. "There's somebody out there, for my whole life, that doesn't like me because they are jealous, fat, and they're ugly."
"I don't always sit in tanning booths," she insisted. "I have a life."
The 44-year-old mom of five repeatedly told reporters that she doesn't think she has a tanning problem. "Some days I
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, May 3, 2012 10:09 PM EDT
Opening a lemonade stand can teach kids plenty about entrepreneurship.Opening a lemonade stand seems like simple summer fun, a childhood rite of passage. But, according to seasoned entrepreneur Michael Holthouse, it can be so much more.Read More »from On Lemonade Day, Kids Learn About Entrepreneurship and Fun at the Same Time
Related: 10 expert tips for running a successful lemonade stand
"There are so many life skills and character building elements" involved in opening your own lemonade stand, he told Yahoo! Shine. "We should have all of our kids learn about that."
Inspired by an afternoon spent running a lemonade stand with one of his daughters, Holthouse launched Lemonade Day six years ago. At the time, his daughter hoped to earn enough money to buy a pet turtle, but Holthouse recognized that their little business venture offered a chance to do much more.
"What happened that day was amazing," he says. "It was this beautiful day's worth of learning."
Holthouse's experience as an entrepreneur shaped his vision. A two-time winner of Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Company award and an Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, the father
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Thu, May 3, 2012 3:42 PM EDT
Ann Romney wore a striking Reed Krakoff shirt on CBS earlier this week, and since then the focus has been, not on the shirt's design, but on its $990 price tag. While she was probably going for "pretty" rather than "political," the expensive silk T-shirt has been held up as proof that she and her husband, GOP candidate Mitt Romney, are out of touch with the economic realities of average Americans. How do wardrobe choices affect a politician's image? Here's a look at 10 political fashion statements. -- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
Read More »from Ann Romney's Thousand Dollar Shirt and Other Political Fashion Statements
Pastor Urges Parents to Punch Boys Who Act "Girly." Why Are We so Uncomfortable About Kids Who Challenge Gender Norms?By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Wed, May 2, 2012 6:27 PM EDT
Why is it so upsetting when kids challenge gender norms?We tell gay kids that "It Gets Better." We condemn bullying and violence, encourage expression, champion Title IX, and talk about gender-neutral parenting. And yet… look how far we haven't come.Read More »from Pastor Urges Parents to Punch Boys Who Act "Girly." Why Are We so Uncomfortable About Kids Who Challenge Gender Norms?
Speaking a few days ago during "Marriage Sunday," an event coordinated by Vote For Marriage N.C., the campaign for a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage in North Carolina (where same-sex marriage is already illegal), Pastor Sean Harris told his congregation at the Berean Baptist Church:
"So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, "Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do," you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, May 1, 2012 4:44 PM EDT
Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, welcomed their baby girl, Maxwell Drew Johnson, on Tuesday.Jessica Simpson and her fiance, NFL player Eric Johnson, welcomed their daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson on Tuesday. The baby girl was 9 pounds, 13 ounces, and 21-3/4 inches long, according to the birth announcement posted at Simpson's official website.Read More »from Jessica Simpson Has Her Baby: Welcome Maxwell Drew! Plus: Five facts about her pregnancy
"We are so grateful for all of the love, support and prayers we have received," the 31-year-old new mom said in a statement. "This has been the greatest experience of our lives!"
While we wait for the details, here are five facts to ponder:
1. She was about 10 days overdue. Most people forget that the due date is just an estimate -- a woman isn't technically "post term" until she hits 42 weeks -- but still, when the whole world seems to be waiting for you to give birth, every minute beyond 40 weeks must feel like an eternity. (Just ask Beyonce.) "To everyone who keeps congratulating me on the birth of my baby girl...I'm still pregnant!!"she Tweeted on April 21. "Don't believe what you read ladies and gents."
2. She thought about naming
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Odyssey of Marriage – Tue, May 1, 2012 2:52 PM EDT
Selma and Kenny have some advice for their newlywed grandson and his wife. And it's awesome.Kenny and Selma have figured out the secret to a long and happy marriage (they'll celebrate their 72nd anniversary this year!). So, when they couldn't make the cross-country trip to attend their grandson's California wedding in March, they agreed to share their wisdom via webcam instead.
"Hello, everybody!" the bespectacled 90-somethings say together as they lean into the webcam. "We are so happy that you all are together and witnessing my Michael's and Sue's wedding."
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And then, the advice: A five-point plan for making marriage work.
"I wanted them to be part of the wedding in some way," the groom, Michael Bender, told Yahoo! Shine.
His regular video chat sessions with them provided the inspiration. If they couldn't make it to Santa Barbara for the ceremony, "Why not do a wedding toast over iChat?"
Bender helped edit the video, but he was the only one who saw it before the wedding. "At the wedding, it was definitely the Read More »from WATCH: Grandparents Offer Tips for a Long and Happy Marriage
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Mon, Apr 30, 2012 2:51 PM EDT
Nadya Suleman (left, fighting adult film star Amy Fisher during the With her home in foreclosure and plenty of bills to pay, Nadya Suleman -- better known as Octomom -- is saying that she'll consider doing what she once swore she'd never do: pornography.Read More »from Octomom Nadya Suleman Says She'd Do Anything to Pay the Bills -- Even Porn. Awful or Admirable?
"I don't even give a crap if people think I'm a hypocrite," the 36-year-old mother of 14 -- including a set of octuplets -- tells CNN's "Showbiz Tonight." "If the opportunity comes up, I'm going to eat my words. Because all that matters is that I take care of my family."
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Fri, Apr 27, 2012 6:55 PM EDT
First Lady Michelle Obama greets participants following a women's online outlet roundtable on Yahoo! Shine senior editor Lylah M. Alphonse and her 7-year-old daughter, Alanna, joined first lady Michelle Obama and a handful of others for a discussion about fitness, friendship, role models and more this week. Given that it was also Bring Your Child to Work Day at the White House, the kids offered up questions of their own, and the conversation yielded some great advice on growing up. Here are the highlights.Read More »from Michelle Obama's Advice for Kids: On Friends, Role Models, Playing Sports, and More
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Make what you do count
Being the first lady is a surreal experience, she told Alphonse's daughter. "I feel like Michelle, like I've always felt. But now I have this work to do," she said. "So I'm just trying to make sure I do good work. Because you're not First Lady forever, you're First Lady for a short period of time -- so that when we're done, I want to make sure that the time I spent here, I helped some people, so that when it's time for me to move on and be something else, I'm
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Fri, Apr 27, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
Football isn't the only sport where kids are getting hurt more often.A new study released this week shows that about 1 in 3 kids who play sports get hurt badly enough to need medical attention.Read More »from Study: 1 in 3 Kids Get Badly Injured While Playing Sports
The study, commissioned by Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson, analyzed data from 516 children ages 8 to 18, 750 parents, and 752 coaches. Among the injuries sustained by these young athletes: concussions, broken bones, dehydration, and more.
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But what's truly frightening are the misconceptions that many parents and coaches have about when a child is too hurt to continue playing. In spite of the fact that catastrophic head injuries and concussions are on the rise around the country, more than half of coaches surveyed said that a certain amount of head contact -- described in the survey as "getting your bell rung" or "seeing stars" -- was acceptable during games and practices.
"The concussion issue is a really big one," Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, told Web MD. "The mantra should