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Laura Bassett
Laura Bassett is a political reporter at The Huffington Post focusing on women's issues. She has a Master's degree in English Literature and gender studies from Georgetown University and has previously worked for U.S. Congress, Island Press and the Washington Post. She can be reached at or on Twitter @lebassett.

Entries by Laura Bassett

Supreme Court Blocks Restrictions On Texas Abortion Clinics

(1096) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:53 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Monday to stay a recent lower court ruling that would have shuttered all but nine abortion clinics in Texas.

The high court will allow the clinics to remain open while it decides whether to hear an appeal over a Texas law that...

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Scott Walker Reportedly Requested 20-Week Abortion Ban Without Exceptions For Rape, Incest

(167) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 5:05 PM

After declining to say whether he would support a 20-week abortion ban during the 2014 election, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) specifically requested that state legislators send such a bill to his desk without exceptions for cases of rape and incest, according to a report by...

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Senate Takes Aim At Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

(340) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 4:24 PM

A week after the House of Representatives proposed eliminating the entire Title X federal family planning program and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, the Senate proposed keeping the programs, but slashing their funding.

The Title X program subsidizes women's health clinics and provides birth control, HIV testing and sexually...

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Jeb Bush: Fight For Traditional Marriage Will Go On 'Irrespective' Of Supreme Court Decision

(267) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a group of conservative Christians on Friday that he will continue to support traditional marriage regardless of whether the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage this month.

“In a country like ours, we should recognize the power of a man and a woman loving...

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Jeb Bush: 'I Don't Know What Was On The Mind' Of Charleston Shooter

(1066) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 11:15 AM

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Friday that he isn't sure what motivated a young white man to walk into a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday night and kill nine people.

"I don't know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who...

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Military Rape Cases Will Stay Within The Chain Of Command

(115) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 3:49 PM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) proposed military sexual assault reform fell short on Tuesday of the 60 votes it needed to pass in the Senate, for the second year in a row.

Gillibrand's bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would have removed sexual assault cases from the military chain...

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House GOP Proposal Axes Family Planning Program

(491) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:14 PM

House Republicans are trying again this year to eliminate federal funding for a program that provides birth control, HIV testing and sexually transmitted disease screenings and treatment to low-income patients across the country.

The House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee released a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 on Tuesday that...

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Supreme Court Won't Review Mandatory Ultrasounds

(549) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 10:42 AM

The Supreme Court decided Monday that it will not review a North Carolina law that would have required doctors to perform a narrated ultrasound on a woman before she could have an abortion. A district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit previously ruled...

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Hillary Clinton Will Take Clear Position On Trade When Deal Is Done, Her Campaign Says

(271) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Hillary Clinton has said very little so far on the sweeping trade deal that House Democrats derailed on Friday, but her campaign said Sunday that she will take a clear position on the legislation as soon as the details are finalized.

"What we've seen at the last...

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Chris Christie On Clinton Speech: 'I Thought That Elizabeth Warren Wasn't Running'

(389) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 11:24 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) listened to Hillary Clinton's campaign speech this weekend and said she is starting to sound a lot like a more progressive female politician from Massachusetts.

"First off, I thought that [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren wasn't running for president," Christie told host George Stephanopoulos on...

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Jeb Bush: 'Jeb Is Different Than George'

(301) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Jeb Bush is trying to distance himself from his brother, former President George W. Bush, ahead of his expected presidential campaign announcement this week.

In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union," which aired Sunday, the former Florida governor said he is his own person....

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Marco Rubio And Five Members Of Congress Voted For Florida's 'Scarlet Letter' Adoption Bill

(568) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:24 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R) was among the Florida state legislators who voted for the so-called "Scarlet Letter" law in 2001 that required single mothers to publish their sexual histories in the newspaper in order to place their babies up for adoption.

Five U.S. congressmen -- Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R),...

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젭 부시는 1995년에 '미혼모들은 공개적으로 망신을 주어야 한다"고 말했다

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 5:34 PM

플로리다 전 주지사 젭 부시는 1995년에 쓴 책 ‘Profiles in Character’에서 공개적으로 망신을 주는 것이 미혼모, 비행 청소년, 복지 수혜자들의 ‘무책임한 행동’을 통제하는데 효과적인 방법일 것이라 주장했다.

2016년 대통령 후보를 노리는 부시는 ‘망신의 부활’이라는 챕터에서 공개적인 조리돌림 기술을 부활시키는 것이 ‘혼외’ 임신을 예방하는데 도움이 될 것이라 주장했다.

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Jeb Bush: My View Of Single Parenthood 'Hasn't Changed At All'

(549) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 2:57 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday doubled down on controversial comments he made about single parenthood in his 1995 book.

"My views have evolved over time, but my views about the importance of dads being involved in the lives of children hasn't changed at all,"...

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Lindsey Graham Reintroduces 20-Week Abortion Ban: 'I Am Dying For That Debate'

(536) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reintroduced a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on Thursday and said he would "insist" that the bill get a vote in the Senate.

"Why do we want to let this happen five months into the pregnancy?" said Graham, who recently announced his...

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Former Miami Herald Columnist Distances Himself From Jeb Bush's Shame Comments

(135) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Robert Steinback, the former Miami Herald columnist that Jeb Bush cited in his 1995 writings on shame, distanced himself on Wednesday from the former Florida governor's comments.

Bush cited one of Steinback's columns in a chapter of his 1995 book Profiles in Character, which argues that society needs...

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Jeb Bush In 1995: Unwed Mothers Should Be Publicly Shamed

(3752) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Public shaming would be an effective way to regulate the “irresponsible behavior” of unwed mothers, misbehaving teenagers and welfare recipients, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) argued in his 1995 book Profiles in Character.

In a chapter called "The Restoration of Shame,” the likely 2016 presidential candidate made the case...

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Mother's Health Takes Backseat To Fetus' In Wisconsin Abortion Bill

(568) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 3:39 PM

A Wisconsin state Senate committee advanced an abortion restriction on Thursday that prioritizes the health of the fetus when the pregnant woman's life and health are in danger, The Cap Times first reported.

The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even in cases...

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Wisconsin Abortion Ban Would Allow Father To Sue For Emotional Distress

(1603) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said this week that he would sign a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy that does not contain exceptions for rape and incest victims, if the bill reaches his desk. The measure also contains a less-discussed provision that would allow the...

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Idaho Can't Ban Abortions At 20 Weeks, Federal Court Rules

(115) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 3:48 PM

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Idaho's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is "unconstitutional because it categorically bans some abortions before viability."

The panel of judges also struck down a provision of the same law that requires all second-trimester abortions to take place...

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