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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

GOP Congressmen Oppose Abortion Rights For Women With Zika In Developing Countries

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 1:46 PM

Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday. 

"This push for more abortion access is heartbreaking, especially since there are different degrees of...

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Another Democratic Debate Ignores Reproductive Rights

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 11:07 PM

Thursday's Democratic presidential debate was the fifth in a row to avoid the issue of reproductive rights entirely, despite the prominence of the issue in Congress, state legislatures and the Supreme Court.

Debate moderators Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd drew out many differences between former Secretary of...

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아프리카 오지 여성들에게 '피임약'을 배달해주는 드론이 생겼다

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 11:53 AM

2014년 말, 공공 보건 전문가와 자선가 집단은 아프리카 오지의 가장 외진, 찾아가기 어려운 마을에 사는 여성들이 피임 도구를 구할 수 있게 하는 문제를 붙들고 씨름하고 있었다. 홍수가 나면 며칠 동안 길이 끊어지고, 의약품 공급도 불가능해지는 지역들이었다. 그들은 아마존의 아이디어를 빌리면 되겠다는 생각을 해냈다. 무인 배달 드론을 사용하는 것이다.

“우리는 ‘잠깐,...

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Contraception Drones Are The Future Of Women's Health In Rural Africa

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 6:02 AM

BALI, Indonesia -- In late 2014, a group of public health experts and philanthropists were grappling with the problem of how to improve contraception access for women in the most remote, hard-to-reach villages in rural Africa, where a flood can shut down the roads for days and cut off medical supply...

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The Zika Virus Could Force Women To Have Unsafe Abortions

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 8:58 AM

BALI, Indonesia -- As the Zika virus continues to cause severe birth deformities in babies whose mothers contract...

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As Reproductive Rights Hang In The Balance, Debate Moderators Drop The Ball

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 12:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Forty-three years after the Supreme Court established the right to a safe and legal abortion in Roe v. Wade, the stakes have never been higher for those on both sides of the abortion debate. States have enacted 288 new abortion restrictions in...

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Planned Parenthood Sues Anti-Abortion Group Behind Undercover Videos

(14) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 1:37 PM

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco on Thursday against the anti-abortion activists that produced...

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Congress Votes Yet Again To Defund Planned Parenthood

(27) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 1:18 PM

The 114th Congress will kick off the new year on Wednesday by voting an eighth time to strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest family planning provider, because its health services include abortion. 

The House of Representatives is expected to pass a budget reconciliation bill that guts the...

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A Female Lawmaker Defends Public Breastfeeding. Her Male Colleague Threatens To Grab Nipples.

(48) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 2:59 PM

A debate over public nudity in the New Hampshire State House took a dark turn on Tuesday when...

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미국의 성평등 현황을 조사하기 위해 유엔이 파견한 세 여자들이 끔찍한 현실에 놀랐다

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 11:15 PM


인권 전문가 엘레노라 지엘린스카(좌측), 알다 파시오(중앙), 프란세스 라데이(우측)는 성 평등 현황 조사 차 미국을 12월에 방문했다.

폴란드, 영국, 코스타리카를 대표하는 인권 전문가들이 미국 여성들이 어떤 대우를 받고 있는지, 성 평등 상태를 조사하러 열흘 간 방문했다. 유엔 여성 불평등 특별조사위원의 주축인 세 여성은 앨라배마, 텍사스, 오레곤...

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Congress Plows Ahead With Planned Parenthood Investigation Despite Pressure To Drop It

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 12:46 PM

Nearly a month after a deadly mass shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, House Republicans are marching ahead with their special investigation into the family planning provider, despite calls for them to redirect their focus toward domestic terrorism at abortion clinics. 

Inspired by the same series...

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The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified.

(47) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 12:08 PM

A delegation of human rights experts from Poland, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica spent 10 days this month touring the United States so they can prepare a report on the nation's overall treatment of women. The three women, who lead a United Nations working group on discrimination...

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The NAACP Is Suing Arizona Over 'Racist' Anti-Abortion Law

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 1:26 PM

The NAACP and a civil rights group representing Asian-American women will argue before the 9th Circuit Court of...

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Skewed Media Coverage Of The Abortion Debate Is Giving The U.S. A Bad Rap Abroad

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 1:41 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The mass shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood has been widely condemned in the United States as a horrific act of domestic terrorism or, at minimum, the depraved action of a mentally ill loner.

In other parts of the world, though, it’s...

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House Republicans Dip Into Reserve Funds For Planned Parenthood Investigation

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 4:56 PM

House Republicans are seeking to shift $300,000 from a reserve fund to the committee investigating Planned Parenthood, committee staffers said Wednesday.

Administration Committee Chairman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) circulated an informal poll to committee members on Tuesday proposing to transfer $300,000 of the committee's $500,000 reserve fund to the Energy and...

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SXSW: 'We Made A Mistake' Canceling Online Harassment Panels

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Amid boycott threats from two major media outlets, the director of the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, acknowledged Friday that he made a mistake by caving to Internet trolls and canceling two scheduled panels about online harassment in the gaming community. Instead of the panels,...

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Apple Rejects Hinder, A Reproductive Rights App By 'The Daily Show' Creator

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 2:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Forget Tinder, a popular dating app that allows you to swipe left or right on pictures of local singles. Now you can download Hinder, a satirical app that exposes politicians who are trying to limit access to birth control, abortion or sex education in your state.  


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Republicans Are Legislating Based On Fake Videos. Should Someone Tell Them?

(38) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the second GOP presidential debate Wednesday night, candidate Carly Fiorina passionately described a graphic scene from an undercover video of Planned Parenthood in which a fetus that survived an abortion waits, its "heart beating" and "legs kicking," for a technician to harvest its brain. On Friday, House Republicans...

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GOP Candidates Want To Put A Planned Parenthood Board Member On The $10 Bill

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 1:47 PM

During the second GOP presidential debate Wednesday night, Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) said they would be open to putting civil rights activist Rosa Parks on the $10 bill. But the Republican candidates might be surprised to...

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Obama Threatens To Veto Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

(9) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 12:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama "strongly opposes" and would veto a pair of House bills that would strip...

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