what you need to know about planned parenthood this week

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why the site has been down, and what it means

Organized protests of women's health provider Planned Parenthood have been on the rise this week, along with Republican criticism, as a third video was released from the group Center for Medical Progress which attempts to smear Planned Parenthood for providing fetal tissue to researchers with the consent of patients who have had abortions. Presidential hopeful Rand Paul is now using the controversy as a springboard to lead an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood on the federal level, meaning it would receive no funding from tax dollars whatsoever—right now it receives about $500 million, annually.

The videos in question, heavily edited, depict Planned Parenthood employees discussing the process of collecting fetal tissue for scientific organizations to perform research on, a practice that Planned Parenthood has stated time and time again is only done with the informed consent of patients who had already planned to have abortions. In the latest video from CMP, money is being discussed, which has led some to believe that Planned Parenthood is "selling" fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood says that what's being discussed in that clip isn't profit, but just costs of the procedure being reimbursed by the research organization, which is perfectly legal; the law that forbids the sale of human tissue does allow for "reasonable payments" for costs associated with obtaining or transporting the tissue.

In looking at Planned Parenthood's funding, it's important to remember that the Hyde Amendment already prohibits the use of federal dollars to cover abortion services, except in extreme cases where the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, and/or the pregnancy must be ended to save the life of the mother. So if the GOP's campaign to defund Planned Parenthood were to succeed, the real impact would be felt on preventative services that millions of (mostly low-income) women rely on every day, from mammograms to STI testing to health screenings—abortion services comprise only about 3 percent of the care Planned Parenthood provides.

In the middle of the frenzy around CMP's videos and defunding push, the Planned Parenthood organization was also the victim of hackers who released the names and contact information of over 300 Planned Parenthood employees, making them vulnerable to harassment and violence; the hacking threat ultimately forced Planned Parenthood to take down its websites for a period of time. The fear of backlash and threats for healthcare providers is very real; no health professionals we reached out to were willing to be quoted for this story, perhaps because the current smear campaign has been so effective that it would be risky to have one's name associated with it publicly. Planned Parenthood also didn't respond to a request for comment before this article went to press.

What's especially interesting is that when Planned Parenthood and/or Presidential campaigns aren't on the table, Republican lawmakers don't necessarily have a problem with fetal-tissue research. As Laura Bassett at the Huffington Post points out, several of the Republicans who are calling to defund Planned Parenthood today voted for this exact practice when it was legalized in 1993:

In 1988, the Reagan administration began a moratorium on fetal tissue from elective abortions being used in scientific research. But Congress lifted that ban in 1993 when it passed the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act, which allowed research on human fetal tissue regardless of whether the tissue came from a voluntary abortion. McConnell voted for that bill, as did Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.), all of whom have condemned Planned Parenthood in the past two weeks for its involvement in the practice.

GOP leaders are pushing the Senate to vote before its August recess, which begins on August 10, but the vote may happen as early as Monday. A total of 60 out of 100 Senate votes would be required to effectively defund Planned Parenthood. A sort of preview of where some legislators are coming from on this could be seen at the hearing held by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, where Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton demonstrated a pretty flawed understanding of the issues at hand—state health officials were interrogated on "how they handle" fetal-tissue donation even after repeatedly explaining that regulating the practice isn't part of their jobs and despite the fact that Texas affiliates of Planned Parenthood don't participate in fetal-tissue donation (Planned Parenthood affiliates only practice fetal-tissue donation in five states in the U.S.). Alarmingly, the hearing suggests that misunderstood or flat-out incorrect information may still be used against women's healthcare providers when the issue is discussed in the Senate. We'll find out for sure next week, and health professionals and their patients will be holding their collective breath until then. 

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.