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Becoming Jen

By Jennifer Rieger  In TV  On Jul 28, 2016

In the fall of 1994, I was a new mom, a new wife, and a faithful fanatic of the brand new sitcom, Friends. I looked forward to Thursday night TV all week. I had just turned 21, and after a full day of changing diapers, watching Barney, and reading Shakespeare, I would glue myself to my grandma’s hand-me-down console TV in our first apartment and pretend I was carefree again. I imagined myself, along with my own friends, living it up in Manhattan, drinking from oversized coffee cups, and popping in and out of each… Read more
I started the first episode of Netflix's new original series Stranger Things at 2AM. I turned off all the lights to create a perfect atmosphere for a bone-chilling horror show. I’ll just watch an episode or two, then go to bed, I thought. Yeah, right. Before long — or so it seemed — the sun was coming up, and I covered my window with a blanket to block out the light so I could continue watching until 7AM. (It was not my proudest moment. The last time I did something like that, I’d been watching Twin Peaks.) I finished… Read more

I'm Single And Still Writing My Own Story

By Sara Radin  In Sex  On Jul 28, 2016

“If I’m still single, does that mean there’s something wrong with me?” asked a friend, a 25-year-old woman living in Brooklyn, New York. I faked a smile and assured her she would find someone eventually, but inside, I was fuming. How could someone think something so ridiculous? Then I remembered this was not a totally foreign emotion; it was actually a sentiment I have felt many times before. The more I thought about it, the more I realized this was a larger issue with the negative stigma identified with being a single… Read more
The Democratic National Convention has been quite an interesting mixture of inspiration, anger, and entertainment. Last night we were introduced to Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine and his plethora of dad jokes. We got to see our goofy uncle Joe Biden use his favorite word “malarkey” against Donald Trump. We got to hear President Obama give another one of his classically enchanting speeches. Last but certainly not least, we got a surprise visit from the first female Democratic nominee herself, Hillary Clinton. At… Read more
Chloe Baker, who goes by the stage name Bitter’s Kiss, is the latest (and youngest) hot voice in EDM. Even those familiar with her voice may not realize that she is an incredibly talented indie-pop artist first. As a (recent) 16-year-old from Weehawken, NJ, no one is more surprised at her success than, well, herself. She started simply by recording one song in her basement and putting it on Soundcloud, which then grew to being the voice behind the anthem for 2016 Life In Color tour. Bitter’s Kiss is far wiser beyond… Read more

10 Books BUST Is Reading Right Now

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Jul 28, 2016

In every issue, BUST's book review section is full of interesting and unique books by and about women — here, we've rounded up the 10 best-reviewed books from our August/September 2016 issue. Most of these books are out RIGHT NOW, so zoom down to your local indie bookstore and pick up these gems from Anuradha Roy, Michelle Tea, Katrine Marçal and more. Sleeping On Jupiter: A Novel By Anuradha Roy (Graywolf Press)Rating: 5/5 In this stunning novel about suffering and healing, author Anuradha Roy explores the dark layers… Read more
Kristen Stewart is in love — and we’re so happy for her. In a new interview with Elle UK, KStew opens up about her relationship with her girlfriend, Alicia Cargile, for the first time. “Right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend,” Kristen says in the interview. “We’ve broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, ‘Finally, I can feel again.’” Many people are calling this Kristen Stewart’s coming out — and it certainly is the first time she’s publicly spoken about her… Read more
I probably started watching Gilmore Girls in the 5th grade—long before I understood any of the references (tbh, still don’t understand many of them). I, then, received the official Gilmore Girls complete 7 series box set for Christmas in the 8th grade (I didn’t realize how damn expensive that was until googling it just now, thanks, Mom and Dad). Later, in high school, I would watch reruns after school at 4:00 on ABC Family, quite the staple in my daily routine. And, the summer after my freshman year of college I… Read more
Once upon a time, after working very long days and weekends, I concluded I was more than ready for a business partner. I felt a partner would divide the workload, add new skill sets, contribute to the vision with new ideas and insights, increase capital, and add new contacts, clients, vendors, etc. Seems reasonable, right? Yes. But easy? Not so much. Despite all the available advice sometimes you just have to learn the hard way—and I did. I engaged with multiple potential partners in my quest to find the right fit.… Read more
They say imitation is the finest form of flattery, and while this isn't always true (aka when corporations steal from artists), when it's an artist paying homage to another artist, it's definitely sweet. Lane Moore of It Was Romance has been a big fan of '90s sweetheart Fiona Apple since she was a budding musician. "Fiona Apple has been such an influence on me, creatively and personally, since I was a kid," Moore told Gil Kaufman of Billboard. "My live performances are really raw and intense and I'm sure watching her… Read more

Check Out The Comedians Working To Fight Sexism In Stand-Up

By Madelyn Sundquist  In Feminism  On Jul 27, 2016

For the organization Exhibits for Humanity, empowerment is key for an installation to succeed. In "Laughing Matters," which has been displayed in the Los Angeles Nous Tous Gallery for the duration of July, the group takes on stand-up comedy as a place that really really still needs to sort out its misogynist inclinations. Kazu Kusano The exhibit showcases portraits of comedians, cis and trans, able-bodied and disabled, white and of color, who see their comedic messages as empowerment and are standing up against the… Read more

5 Ways To Temporarily Color Your Hair This Summer

By Kailey Thompson  In Style  On Jul 27, 2016

It's summer! What better excuse to try out some fun, vibrant colors than going on a beach vacation? Try out these five temporary hair colors we've listed below. 1. Splat Hair Chalk This hair chalk lasts for a day and is available in seven colors: sugar plum, dusty rose, silver moon, sun-kissed, mint candy, midnight blue, violet sky. It's available at ULTA for $5.99. 2. L'Oreal Technique Liquid Chalk Temporary Intense Hair Makeup This liquid chalk from L'Oreal washes out with shampoo and is available in five colors:… Read more
Bill O'Reilly, a Fox News anchor who claims to be "independent" despite a viewership that's 66 percent conservative, has, once again, gone too far. A famous moment in Michelle Obama's speech Monday at the DNC is when she speaks of raising her family in a house built by slaves: "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," Obama says in her keynote address. "I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn." This, apparently, led to a… Read more

17 Images Of Amazingly Beautiful Botanical Tattoos

By Katherine Barner  In Arts  On Jul 27, 2016

Pis Saro is a tattoo artist from Crimea who specializes in exquisite, realistic botanical tattoos, inspired by specimens that she sees while strolling through gardens and parks during her travels. Her work is remarkably almost identical to the plants she is replicating, a taste that is far from easy when putting a needle to skin. Her unique work has put her in high demand worldwide, and her work has taken her to Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. You can find more of her work on her… Read more
Genderqueer hardcore band G.L.O.S.S. is breaking all the rules. Led by transwoman Sadie Switchblade, the band is bringing feminism to a scene notoriously dominated by men, and challenging authority in under eight minutes. Their latest EP, Trans Day of Revenge, is a pounding manifesto against sexism, racism, and domestic violence, and G.L.O.S.S. — whose name stands for Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit — couldn’t care less about the hype. For Sadie, Tannrr, Julaya, Corey and Jake, G.L.O.S.S. isn’t about the music—they… Read more
Up in the Club MUSICIAN, DESIGNER, AND SHOPKEEPER TENNESSEE THOMAS INFUSES FASHION WITH ACTIVISM Buried in the heart of N.Y.C.’s East Village is a gem of a shop called The Deep End Club, dedicated to the political, social, and sartorial ethos of the ’60s—an era close to the heart of British-born owner and designer Tennessee Thomas. The 31-year-old, an original member of the now-defunct alt-rock band the Like, has been collecting ’60s memorabilia for years, and plays ’60s soul and girl group music when she DJs around… Read more
WOW. I had actual tears streaming down my face after each time I watched the adorable Geraldine “Jerry” Emmett cast 51 delegate votes for Clinton at the DNC last night. This marvelous human—born before women had the right to vote—was beyond ecstatic to place her vote in the first woman President. Especially because it was Hillary Clinton, whom Emmett has been a lifetime fan of. It's just too damn good, 10/10 will watch again. See below to whimper like a baby. Top image courtesy of twitter. More from BUST Top 5 Quotes… Read more

How 'Penny Dreadfuls' Caused Moral Panic

By Mimi Matthews  In Books  On Jul 27, 2016

The 1840s ushered in an era of luridly illustrated gothic tales that were marketed to a working-class Victorian audience. These stories, told in installments and printed on inexpensive pulp paper, were originally only eight pages long and sold for just a penny—giving rise to the term “penny bloods” or “penny dreadfuls.” With titles such as Varney the Vampire and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, these types of publications were wildly popular, especially with young male readers, and it was not long before… Read more

10 Ways Parents Can Fight Rape Culture

By EM & LO  In Feminism  On Jul 26, 2016

The powerful, unapologetic, detailed statement of Brock Turner’s rape victim made public recently touched a collective nerve, resulting in a huge outcry on social media about the rape culture that left him convicted of three sexual assault felonies but only serving 6 months in jail. The outcry, which has already begun to fade, has often narrowly focused on this one criminal and his inept judge. But, while singling out these two as hideous examples of injustice is important and necessary, we also need to take steps as a… Read more
Perhaps a genderless future isn't that far from our fingertips. A new art show (that opens TONIGHT!) featuring a stellar ensemble of all-female artists encourages its viewers to question the limits of gender and its social "norms." With pieces from 24 artists, LIFEFORCE aims to recode normative expectations celebrating what goes beyond human matter, focusing on the all encompassing power of the female on all levels. The hope of LIFEFORCE's curators, sisters Kelsey and Rémy Bennett, is for the exhibit to transcend… Read more
Illustrated Women in History is a project highlighting influential women from around the world. Artist Julie Gough creates digital illustrations honoring between four to five women each week, complete with a summarized biography of their life and achievements. Since she began in August 2015, she has highlighted the importance of over 200 women. Gough created the project after learning about the opening of the Jack the Ripper museum in London, which, in a cruel twist, had been presented as a museum to honor women. The… Read more
“Wow” is the first thing I have to say about this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. While some sources claim that the annual gathering and celebrity panel showdown did not release anything new and spectacular, I happily dissent and beg to differ! Yes, there were some blunders. Guy Ritchie’s new King Arthur film looks, er, very dude-oriented I’ll say. The Killing Joke cartoon premiere is also less than great for women looking forward to the entry of DC’s Batgirl as a new female cartoon lead. Still, there are more than a few… Read more

18 Albums BUST Is Listening To This Summer: Playlist

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Jul 26, 2016

BUSTies, there is no doubt your summer has been filled with some sick jams, but we have compiled this list of stellar songs to add to your playlists because it's practically our job to know the hot new albums. Here we have some great artist such as The Julie Ruin, Tegan and Sara, The Kills, Corinne Bailey Rae, Anohni, and many more! Give it a good listen, while catching some rays and swimming your heart out. The Julie RuinHit ResetHardly ArtRating: 5/5 For the first time in 3 years, punk rock feminist icon Kathleen… Read more

Top 5 Quotes From The First Night Of The DNC

By Becky Nash  In Feminism  On Jul 26, 2016

The first night of the Democratic National Convention was not without moments of controversy. Even in the absence of soon-to-be-ex Democratic National Committee chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, many Bernie or Bust people continue to be pissed off. However, the night was still full of poignant speeches by several of the most progressive leaders in the U.S. Here are a five of our favorite quotes from last night’s speeches: “America, we will rise.” – Cory Booker The New Jersey Senator Cory Booker invoked the late… Read more
BUST Magazine's Aug/Sept Issue Featuring Cover Tina Fey Is On Sale Now! Believe it or not, your pals at BUST are now unveiling our 100th issue! And to celebrate, we’re pulling out all the stops with an incredible, collectible cover story starring comedy goddess Tina Fey — read a sneak peek here. Inside, we’ve got an exclusive interview with rock legends Iggy Pop and Josh Homme, a futuristic peek into the world of female cyborgs, a true story about a sex worker who had her first orgasm in an S&M dungeon, and a sweet… Read more
Samantha Bee hilariously and viciously tears apart Fox News on the latest episode of Full Frontal. She rejoices in the resignation of Fox News' former chairman Roger Ailes, amid reports of sexual harassment from previous employees, Gretchen Carlson and Kellie Boyle. Carlson, who was the news network's former anchor, revealed that Ailes fired her after she refused to comply with his sexual advances. Then later, Boyle came forward and reported to investigators that Ailes harassed her earlier in her career. In her searing… Read more

In Uganda, Childhood Sexual Assault Is An Epidemic

By Sharon Lamwaka  In Feminism  On Jul 26, 2016

“Don’t talk to any strangers. Don’t accept anything from a stranger." These phrases are very common to many Ugandan children. Parents and guardians warn their children to keep away from strangers on safety grounds. Due to the constant repetition of these words, children have quite learned not to talk to strangers. Lucy [not her real name] is like any other child: she's playful, inquisitive, and she loves school. One morning while on a bathroom break, a man who was working on a construction site next to the open school… Read more
If you're a fan of cute Irish dudes or '80s music, then you don't want to miss the movie Sing Street, which is finally being released on DVD. And guess what? BUST is giving away a copy of the Sing Street DVD and a $50 iTunes Gift Card to purchase the official Sing Street soundtrack. Sing Street is a feel-good, coming of age story written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) featuring the ultimate soundtrack of the 80s. Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named… Read more
As a young progressive, I have been left stunned by the sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton this election season by both the right and the far left. Humanity for Hillary, an organization of artists and activists, collaborated to confront sexism in this election cycle by releasing #ThisWhatMyRevolutionLooksLike featuring a creative, powerful group of female artists: Lena Dunham, Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Hill Harper, Rosie Perez, Lea Delaria, and Nastasha Lyonne. The inspiring, brash video emphasizes Clinton's love and… Read more

Activist Orchestra Commemorates Sandra Bland With 'Sing Her Name'

By Katherine Barner  In Music  On Jul 25, 2016

On July 13, 2015, Sandra Bland was pulled over for forgetting a turn signal, something every driver has mistakenly done at least once in his or her life. Bland, however, was arrested after a mild confrontation, and soon found hanged in the cell of a Texas county jail. That very month, four more black women died behind bars: Kindra Chapman, Raynette Turner, Joyce Curnell and Ralkina Jones. Bland’s death was a shock to all that knew her. No one expected her to take her own life, and after han ex-security guard admitted… Read more
John Oliver did what he does best and hilariously destroyed Donald Trump (and several other terrible members of the GOP) in his recap of the RNC “the most apocalyptic event” that has ever happened in Cleveland. Oliver was off the air during the time of the RNC, and boy did he make up for it. Repeatedly. Perhaps the funniest bit of the whole video is Oliver’s discussion of what certain members of the GOP deem to “fact,” if only to back it up with how they feel. For example, Newt Gingrich argued that violent crime across… Read more
Last Wednesday, for the first time in my life, I was fortunate enough to be in the presence of the original queen of punk rock, the one and only legendary, incredible, poetic, and awe-inspiring Patti f*cking Smith. I’m trying (and failing) to maintain some chill while I write about this. When I got home from the show, I was recklessly shoveling Ben & Jerry’s down my throat as an attempt to wrap my fangirling brain around the experience, and so I thought that maybe I should take some time, cool down, and allow the… Read more
I’m good with money. I bought my first house at the age of 25. I have healthy retirement accounts. My savings account doesn’t contain three months of living expenses, it contains a year’s gross salary. And, after 10 plus years working in the financial services and banking industries, I’m not intimidated by bankers who see my gender and not my experience. Which is why, when I left my ex-husband, I wasn’t prepared for the amount of latent sexism I encountered in the financial system. The first surprise came when I… Read more
As a wee riot grrrl, I ran across a late night cable documentary that changed my perspective on porn. One segment featured a poetic leather dyke, and then appeared a bountiful fire-maned babe full of laughter — with her legs spread for the audience to examine her anatomy and the tongue-in-cheek title, Public Cervix Announcement, I knew I had just discovered the Mary Poppins of what I would later learn was sex-positive feminism. As a porn performer and prostitute in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Annie Sprinkle discovered how… Read more
You wouldn't know what you were about to dig into musically just by talking to Mothers. Sitting down with the group at the 4Knots Music Festival, a four piece made up by Kristine Leschper, Matthew Anderegg, Drew Kirby, and Chris Goggans, I found them to be incredibly friendly and cheerful. On stage, things takes a darker tone — Kristine croons intense, empowering, and most of all, vulnerable words that hover over the crowd before the backing instrumentals knock them down, full force, onto the listeners. Music like this… Read more

The New 'Wonder Woman' Trailer Is Here And It's Fiercely Feminist

By Gabrielle Diekhoff  In Movies  On Jul 25, 2016

DC fans: get ready, get set, get hype. San Diego Comic-Con has come to a close, but it's left us with a treasure trove of teasers, including the first official trailer for Wonder Woman. Starring Gal Gadot as warrior princess Diana Prince, this movie, set to release in Summer 2017, looks like it's going to be a heart-stopping, action-packed whopper, featuring a multitude of classic Wonder Woman fixtures. We even get a sneak peak of her infamous Lasso of Truth being put to good, ass-kicking use. Directed by Patty… Read more
Tomorrow, our August/September 2016 issue officially arrives on newsstands — and it’s a major milestone for us. That’s right, this is our ONE HUNDREDTH issue, something we were never quite sure we’d see when BUST began in 1993. And we can’t think of a more perfect cover star for our 100th issue than Tina Fey, who we have loved for well over a decade. She first appeared on our cover back in 2004 when she was on SNL — before she created Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, or so many of our other favorite TV… Read more
Indie icon, musician, and writer Amanda Palmer is the latest woman to be featured in a video for "The What's Underneath Project." The project, which has been previously featured in BUST, was created in 2014 by StyleLikeU, and its message is absolutely beautiful. The goal of it all is to "uncover the power of genuine self-acceptance by stripping us down to open us up." In case you're unfamiliar, here's how it works: the interviewee, typically an alternative celeb (like badass punk babes Amanda Palmer and Meredith… Read more

11 Books BUST Is Reading This Summer

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Jul 25, 2016

Whether you're lying out at the beach or chilling out in your own air conditioned apartment, summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. We've rounded up 11 of our favorite books of the summer, including Jessica Valenti's Sex Object, The Girls by Emma Cline and Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. Sex Object: A MemoirBy Jessica Valenti (Dey Street Books) Rating: 5/5 Sometimes being a feminist can feel maddening. We want to be strong and empowered; we don’t want to play the victim, or dwell on the barrage of hints… Read more
Diane Coffee came strutting into the press lounge at the annual 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan wearing red and white pinstripes and giant, circular '70s pink sunglasses. The image matches the performance — bright, retro, and flamboyant. Coffee later sported a thick stripe of metallic eye makeup across their face, as they wailed into the mic, truly putting on theatrics for the audience. A performer deemed "psychedelic Motown" by fans and friends, they truly bring an enthralling live… Read more

Gender is Over (If You Want It): BUST Interview

By Gabrielle Diekhoff  In Arts  On Jul 22, 2016

Recently, you may have seen some of your favorite artists and musicians rocking merch that loudly states “GENDER IS OVER” in bold white letters against a black mesh jersey. And, as I was, you might be wondering what the deal is with that. Where are these jerseys coming from? Who made them? What are they for? And most importantly…where can I get one??? So, I decided to do some intense research – AKA, I Googled it – in order to find out what all of the fuss was about. It turns out, the jerseys are repping a project… Read more

10 Things That Prove Patti Smith Is Goddess Of The Universe

By Madelyn Sundquist  In Music  On Jul 22, 2016

Patti Smith must be a divine gift to this world. Deemed by some the "Godmother of Punk" and others the "Punk Poet Laureate," I see her myself as "Goddess Patti." Seriously, after seeing this woman dance, chant, swear, banter, and of course, sing live on stage, I am convinced of her other-worldly nature. Check out just a few of the reasons why I think Patti is totally a deity sent to us to empower and inspire us into creative action. It's impossible to really communicate the kind of bright light in the world Patti is… Read more
Punk pioneer Legs McNeil, and author and poet Gillian McCain are the masterminds behind Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk, a book that is largely regarded as the first and most comprehensive written piece on punk history. Please Kill Me is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a re-release and a series of readings (well, more like parties with music, alcohol, and Michael Des Barres hosting). BUST spent some time with Legs and Gillian and talked about the book, the evolution of punk, and how… Read more
As a queer woman, I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s difficult to find a convincing lesbian film that doesn’t fall victim to the seemingly ever-present male gaze. Seriously, how many times do I have to endure lengthy pornographic scissoring scenes in order to get some sort of gay girl romance? It’s exhausting. Miraculously, however, French director Catherine Corsini’s Summertime (La Belle Saison), is an extraordinary exception to that tiresome rule. It’s the early 1970s, and Delphine (Izia Higelin) is a farm… Read more
Without much introduction or explanation, I will present a list I have compiled of songs in which myself or friends have enjoyed masturbating to. We encourage you to light some candles, put something sexy on, and get down with yourself to these choice favorites. 1. “What You Need” by The Weeknd 2. “Sex With Me” by Rihanna 3. “Anytime, Anyplace” by Janet Jackson 4. “Power Trip” by J. Cole 5. “XO” by Beyonce 6. "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" by D'Angelo 7. “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld 8. “Pickles” by Peaches 9.… Read more
Four years after Sleepwalk With Me, Mike Birbiglia is finally back with his second film as a director — and this time, it’s an ensemble dramedy. Don’t Think Twice, out today, features Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Keegan-Michael Key, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard as members of a veteran New York improv troupe that just can’t quite seem to “make it” — until one of them finally does, landing a job on the thinly-veiled version of SNL called “Weekend Live.” What follows is a way-too-real look at envy and… Read more
Into the Forest Written and directed by Patricia Rozema Out July 22ndRating: 4/5 Set in the near future, Into the Forest follows a family of three living in rural Canada: a widowed father (Callum Keith Rennie) and his two daughters, the studious and practical Nell (Ellen Page) and the dancer and dreamer Eva (Evan Rachel Wood). One night, as Nell is studying for a test and Eva is practicing for a dance competition, the power goes out with no explanation. Part of a continent-wide blackout, this emergency is soon followed… Read more
When I first started watching Absolutely Fabulous during the ‘90s — a British sitcom about the hilarious misadventures of two self-absorbed, mid-aged (or in Patsy’s case, Yoda-aged), boozy, unapologetic career women who happened to be best friends — I was instantly addicted. At the time, I had just started college and I wasn’t sure what adulthood had in store for me. I was a budding journalist and music VJ with a Denver TV show called "Teletunes." I also worked at my college radio station as a DJ during a time when… Read more
Bonafide creep Roger Ailes has resigned as the CEO of Fox News amid a slew of sexual harassment allegations. If you aren’t familiar with what has been happening over at the “fair and balanced” news channel, here is an update: The ex-host of “Fox and Friends” and formers news reporter for Fox News, Gretchen Carlson, was fired this past June after 11 years with the network. Carlson then proceeded to file a lawsuit on July 6th against Ailes, claiming that he had sexually harassed her on multiple occasions, propositioned… Read more

The RNC Gift Bag Has Something Worse Than Trump's Face In It

By Madelyn Sundquist  In Living  On Jul 22, 2016

You could say that a Trump-themed goodie bag alone is horrendous — sure, his grumpy orange face on his less-than-politically-correct book titled Crippled America is enough to make me gag. But the RNC goes farther this year, including an ever-so-lovely reminder of their staunch stance against a woman’s right to choose — a small, plastic fetus. Yes, mixed in between the “Make America Great Again” ball cap and the crappy plastic Trump mug is a little figure called a “Young One” manufactured by the pro-life company,… Read more