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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

A Look Back At Mike Pence's Greatest Hits

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 7:38 PM

CLEVELAND ― In case anyone is still questioning Donald Trump’s conservative bona fides, look no further than his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. 

Trump’s choice appears to signal of what kind of president he would be ― and it’s the kind who wants to...

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Female GOP Delegates Explain Why They Like Donald Trump Despite His Misogyny

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 4:57 PM

CLEVELAND ― Donald Trump has called women “dogs,” “slobs,” “fat pigs,” and “disgusting animals.” But female delegates at the Republican National Convention are for the most part learning to forgive their controversial candidate and accept his misogynistic streak. 

“I’ve said things like that about guys ―...

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Donald Trump Sells Screen Space Above His Head At RNC

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 11:15 AM

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took a unique approach to political fundraising at the Republican National Convention, offering a spot on the big screen above his head in exchange for campaign donations. 

Trump’s campaign sent out an email to supporters on Tuesday, urging them to...

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Ohio's Abortion Restrictions Drove This Woman To Desperate Measures. The GOP Wants All States To Be Like Ohio.

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 12:27 PM

CLEVELAND ― Ariana M. was living in a homeless shelter here with her two children in 2011 when she became pregnant.

She was 25 at the time, working part-time at a temp agency to feed her sons, then 4 and 8, and trying to finish school to...

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Republican Platform Falsely Says Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 5:56 PM

CLEVELAND ― The Republican Party’s official platform accuses Planned Parenthood of “sell[ing] fetal body parts” after abortions instead of providing health care to women, contradicting investigations that have cleared the organization of wrongdoing.

The new platform, approved by a voice vote at the GOP national convention...

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Mike Pence Has Led The Fight Against Reproductive Rights For Half A Decade

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 1:31 PM

Donald Trump recently offered some words of praise for Planned Parenthood, confusing some about where he stands on women’s reproductive rights. But the presumptive GOP presidential nominee appears to have put those questions to rest by selecting as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who...

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A Year After 'Baby Parts' Videos, Planned Parenthood Is Taking Its Victory Lap

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 10:52 AM

Exactly one year ago, the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress released the first in a series of secretly recorded videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood sold fetal body parts after abortions.

The activists coordinated with Republicans in Congress before airing the videos in an effort...

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Mosquito Mascot Trolls Senate Republicans At Zika Hearing

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON ― A man in a full-body mosquito costume trolled Senate Republicans on Wednesday by distributing insect repellent outside of their hearing on the Zika virus. 

The human-sized mosquito, a reproductive rights advocate with NARAL Pro-Choice America, made an appearance to denounce Republicans’ lack of action on...

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Agitated Abortion Foes To Fly Graphic Fetus Banner Over RNC

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 2:40 PM

Republicans in Congress have voted eight times to defund Planned Parenthood and set up a special committee to investigate it. But anti-abortion activists are concerned that the GOP is not committed enough to defunding the family planning provider, so they are flying a giant photo of an aborted...

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Amid Zika Crisis, House GOP Proposes Eliminating Birth Control Program

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 2:33 PM

As the Zika epidemic threatens pregnant women throughout the Americas, House Republicans released a funding proposal on Wednesday that would eliminate a federal grant that helps low-income women and men pay for birth control and other family planning services.

Established over 45 years ago, the Title X Family Planning...

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Does Tim Kaine Want To Be VP? Watch What He's Doing On Abortion.

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 3:20 PM

WASHINGTON-- Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has had a mixed record on abortion throughout much of his political career, but in the past week has made a series of subtle...

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Come January, Women Could Be Running The Western World

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 1:01 PM

If Hillary Clinton becomes U.S. president in November, women could be running the Western World by January. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who fended off a recession in Germany during the global economic crisis, is already considered to be the most powerful leader in the...

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Louisiana Is Sued Over All 7 Abortion Restrictions It Enacted This Year

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 10:28 AM

Emboldened by its monumental win at the Supreme Court this week, the legal advocacy group Center for Reproductive Rights sued Louisiana on Friday over every abortion restriction the state legislature passed this year. 

CRR, fresh off its victory against the state of Texas, filed a...

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Sen. Pat Toomey Downplays Link To For-Profit College With Bizarre Teachings About Women

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 3:30 PM

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is trying to distance himself from a conservative, for-profit university known for bizarre teachings about gender as he prepares for a tough re-election campaign.  

Toomey served on the board of the online school Yorktown University from 2007 to 2009, invested thousands of dollars in...

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Donald Trump's Silence On SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Angers Conservatives

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 10:16 AM

Despite assuring evangelicals last week that he would appoint anti-abortion judges and cares deeply about the anti-abortion cause, Donald Trump has so far been silent about the Supreme Court's major abortion rights ruling on Monday. And conservatives are not happy. 

Just minutes after...

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Supreme Court Abortion Decision Will Affect These States Next

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 9:40 PM

Now that the Supreme Court has struck down abortion restrictions in Texas that would have forced most clinics in the state to close, judges are likely to block similar laws in seven other states. 

Six of those states -- Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Wisconsin -- have laws being challenged in...

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Democrats Add Major Abortion Rights Pledge To Proposed Platform

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 2:38 PM

The Democratic Party vowed for the first time in its proposed new platform to repeal the Helms Amendment, a longstanding U.S. foreign aid restriction that makes it more difficult for women around the world -- especially women raped in conflict -- to access safe and legal abortion. 

The proposed platform "strongly...

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Smacks Down Future Abortion Restrictions In A Single Paragraph

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 10:20 AM

In a 5-3 ruling on Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a pair of Texas abortion restrictions that would have shut down dozens of clinics across the state.

While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Stephen Breyer in his majority opinion, she penned 

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GOP's Zika Bill Limits Contraception Access And Prevents Planned Parenthood From Helping

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 2:55 PM

The rapidly spreading Zika virus -- which can be transmitted sexually and by mosquitos -- is most dangerous for pregnant women. But Republicans in Congress on Thursday released a funding proposal limiting the distribution of contraceptives and preventing family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood from participating in the effort to...

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The CEO Of The Democratic Convention Will Watch The GOP's ‘To Get A Good Laugh’

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 4:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rev. Leah Daughtry, the CEO of the Democratic National Convention, is the first person ever to plan two of the party's conventions. She ran the event in 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) became the first African-American presidential nominee of a major party. Next month, she'll...

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