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Parental leave for adoptive parents, good news for prenatal genetic testing, feminist graffiti and more.

Published August 31, 2006 8:15PM (EDT)

BBC: In a recent U.K. poll, one in five pregnant women said they didn't feel "emotionally ready" for a baby. Plus, the Beeb reports, "Half felt under pressure to be 'perfect,' and 44% said those around them felt the need to pass on 'tips.'"

UPI: Oh, dear. Another U.K. poll finds that "the average woman spends more than $68,000 and two years of her life washing, cutting, coloring and styling her hair."

VOA News: Nongovernmental organizations in Kenya report that illegal abortions performed in the country are killing and maiming women and girls. A spokesperson for Family Health Options Kenya says a third of the country's maternal deaths are caused by complications resulting from unsafe abortion. (The country's maternal death rate is relatively high, at 590 per 100,000 live births.)

AlterNet: Why is the JonBenet Ramsey case still getting so much ink, while the case of Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi -- who was gang-raped, and murdered and burned along with her family, allegedly by U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- gets so little coverage?

New York Times: Some good news! More companies are offering the "hot new perk" of parental-leave benefits for adoptive parents.

Reuters: Some more good news! The risk of miscarriage after prenatal chorionic villus sampling (or CVS) to test for birth defects is lower than was previously believed.

Feministing: And this is quite cool also! Flickr photos of feminist graffiti.

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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