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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 lbassett@huffingtonpost.com or on Twitter @lebassett.

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GOP Senators Push For Birth Control Access, But Check The Small Print

(183) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 9:38 PM

Republicans in Congress are not known for their efforts to expand access to birth control, but on Thursday they introduced a bill that they claim would do just that.

Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced legislation that aims to encourage pharmaceutical manufacturers to take the necessary...

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Republican Filibusters Abortion Ban Because He Opposes Rape and Incest Exceptions

(134) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 3:34 PM

A Republican state senator in South Carolina is filibustering a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy because he opposes the bill's exceptions for rape and incest victims.

South Carolina State Sen. Lee Bright (R) started his filibuster on the Senate floor Thursday, postponing the vote...

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Buried In Baltimore: The Mysterious Murder Of A Nun Who Knew Too Much

(411) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Archbishop Keough High School in 1969. (Photo: Archbishop Keough High School yearbook)

On a frigid day in November 1969, Father Joseph Maskell, the chaplain of Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, called a student into his office and suggested they go...

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U.S. House Passes Abortion Ban That Could Challenge Roe V. Wade [UPDATE]

(707) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Kate Williams was 21 weeks pregnant in 2011 when she had an ultrasound anatomy scan to check on the progress of her baby. The news was not good: Her unborn son had Potter syndrome, a fatal condition in which the kidneys fail to develop in the womb.

The doctor told...

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House GOP Tries To Reverse D.C.'s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Law

(406) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 7:51 PM

House Republicans advanced a measure on Tuesday that would reverse a Washington, D.C., law preventing employers from being able to fire individuals based on their personal reproductive health decisions.

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, passed into law by the D.C. City Council in December, says employers cannot...

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Vicious Stabbing Of Pregnant Woman Inspires Fetal Personhood Bill In Colorado

(120) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 3:50 PM

After a gruesome attack on a pregnant woman in March, Republican state lawmakers in Colorado have introduced a bill to permit murder charges against a person who causes a pregnant woman's fetus to die at any stage of its development.

Colorado Senate Bill 258, offered...

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Senate Republicans Propose Stripped-Down Equal Pay Bill

(244) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Republicans in Congress have taken a lot of heat over the past few years for repeatedly blocking Democrats' equal pay legislation, so this year GOP women senators are proposing a bill of their own to combat the gender wage gap. But the GOP's stripped-down version of the Paycheck...

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So That Happened: Rand Paul School Of Journalism Open For Business

(109) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 7:30 AM

This week, we discuss the fallout from the Columbia Journalism Review report on Rolling Stone's discredited campus rape story, Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign strategy of talking down to reporters, and why Democrats have been obscuring their support for more deregulation of big banks.

Listen to this week's "So, That...

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Rand Paul Refuses To Detail Abortion Position

(318) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:11 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) refused to say whether he supports legal abortion in cases of rape and incest in a Wednesday interview with The Associated Press and scolded the reporter who pressed him on it.

The 2016 presidential candidate said he does not want to get into...

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インディアナ州でHIVの感染が拡大 その背景にある理由とは

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:52 AM

インディアナ州のスコット郡を中心にHIV患者が急激に増えている。スコット郡ではかつてNPO「家族計画連盟」が運営するクリニックでHIV検査を受けることができたが、2013年にクリニックが閉鎖されて以来、HIV検査ができる施設がない。

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Indiana Shut Down Its Rural Planned Parenthood Clinics And Got An HIV Outbreak

(882) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Scott County, Indiana, the center of an exploding HIV outbreak, has been without an HIV testing center since early 2013, when the sole provider -- a Planned Parenthood clinic -- was forced to close its doors. The clinic did not offer abortion services.

The Scott County clinic and four other...

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Chris Christie Embraces 20-Week Abortion Ban

(267) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 7:11 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday joined other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in endorsing a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“I am proud to be a pro-life Republican," Christie said in a statement to the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List,...

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Gynecologist Calls Abortion Reversal Bill 'Downright Offensive'

(815) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:24 PM

The Arizona State Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday that requires doctors to tell women seeking abortions about an experimental "abortion reversal" procedure that has not been tested or studied by the mainstream medical community.

New York City-based OB-GYN Kathleen Morrell, an abortion provider and reproductive justice advocate with Physicians...

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Jeb Bush Is To The Right Of George W. On Abortion

(204) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 2:49 PM

As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) fundraises with his brother George W., the likely 2016 presidential candidate is widely being positioned in the media as the more moderate of the two. But on the issue of abortion, Jeb actually stands to the right of his elder sibling....

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These Are The 10 Worst Possible Presidential Campaign Songs

(34) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:53 PM

Barack Obama used "Signed, Sealed Delivered," by Stevie Wonder. Mitt Romney used "Born Free," by Kid Rock. George W. Bush used "I Won't Back Down," by Tom Petty.

The campaign song creates a particular mood at a stump speech -- ideally one of confidence, hope and patriotism. But a slight...

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GOP Lawmaker Brings Abortion Into Debate Over Bill Written By Fourth-Graders

(545) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:47 PM

A New Hampshire Republican lawmaker said last week that he strongly opposed a bill drafted by local fourth-graders to establish the Red-Tailed Hawk as the "State Raptor" because the predator bird reminds him of an abortion provider.

The hawk "grasps them with its talons then uses its...

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The Abortion Language In The Sex Trafficking Bill Would Make Life Harder For Rape Victims

(192) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:31 PM

Republicans in Congress claim the anti-abortion language that is threatening to sink an otherwise uncontroversial sex trafficking bill is the same innocuous provision that Democrats have routinely approved in spending bills. Even the White House this week declined to say that President Barack Obama would veto...

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There's A New Davis In Texas Standing Up For Women's Health -- And She's A Republican

(176) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Two years ago, former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) stood and spoke for 11 straight hours to filibuster a bill that eventually shut down multiple abortion clinics in the state. Now, a lawmaker from the other side of the aisle is standing up to protect women's health clinics...

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Texas GOP Lawmaker Hangs 'Former Fetus' Sign Outside His Office In State Capitol

(101) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:13 PM

As Planned Parenthood lobbied the Texas state Capitol on Wednesday to continue receiving cancer screening grants, state Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) hung an official-looking sign outside his office that identified him as a "FORMER FETUS."

Stickland said he got the sign from the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life,

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West Virginia Legislature Upholds 20-Week Abortion Ban Over Governor's Veto

(108) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 11:44 AM

West Virginia's Republican-controlled legislature voted on Friday to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's (D) veto of a bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The vote marked the first time in nearly three decades that the legislature has overturned a governor's veto.

"I believe the...

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