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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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Congressman Tim Ryan Changes Position On Abortion After Talking To Women

(325) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:21 AM

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced in an op-ed on Tuesday that he now supports abortion rights after having talked to women in difficult circumstances throughout his home state.

"I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk...

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Sports Illustrated Will Run Edgy Domestic Violence Ad Ahead Of Super Bowl

(41) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 12:57 PM

After initially rejecting an edgy advertisement about domestic violence in the National Football League, Sports Illustrated magazine has decided to run the ad on its website Thursday, just a few days before the Super Bowl.

The ad, created by the progressive advocacy group Ultraviolet, includes a dramatic...

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House Republicans Propose Bill Mandating Ultrasounds Before Abortions

(554) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 5:59 PM

Shortly after House Republicans had to cancel a vote on an anti-abortion bill that some members found to be too extreme, GOP congressmen on Thursday introduced three new abortion restrictions, including one that would require women to receive an ultrasound procedure before an abortion.

The mandatory ultrasound...

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House Passes Anti-Abortion Bill On Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade

(1769) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:52 PM

On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark abortion rights decision in Roe v. Wade, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 242-179 to pass a bill that would codify a ban on federal funding for abortions.

The bill would prevent women from having their abortions covered by Medicaid; restrict...

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GOP Does Damage Control After Abortion Bill Embarrassment

(276) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 10:49 AM

House Republicans scrambled on Thursday to appease social conservatives after unexpectedly canceling a vote on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House easily just two years ago. The bill was expected...

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House GOP Cancels Vote On 20-Week Abortion Ban

(280) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a scheduled House of Representatives vote on a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Republican leaders canceled the vote and replaced it with a less-controversial abortion limit, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The 20-week ban was assumed by many...

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Democrats Vow To Defend Abortion Rights On Roe v. Wade Anniversary

(18) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in both chambers of Congress will introduce a resolution Thursday that asserts the "constitutionally protected right to safe, legal abortion services," the same day that House Republicans will vote to roll back abortion rights.

The GOP-led House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill that...

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GOP Congresswomen Get Cold Feet On Anti-Abortion Bill

(381) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 2:07 PM

A group of Republican congresswomen led by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) is expressing concerns about an anti-abortion bill that was expected to have overwhelming GOP support in Congress, National Journal reported on Friday.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in...

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Rick Snyder Vetoes Gun Bill Over Domestic Violence Concerns

(426) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 1:09 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) bucked the National Rifle Association on Thursday and vetoed a concealed carry gun bill that would have allowed some people with restraining orders issued against them for domestic violence to carry a concealed pistol.

"We simply can't and won't take the chance of exposing...

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Planned Parenthood: 'We Expect To Defeat' 20-Week Abortion Ban In Congress

(132) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 1:40 PM

Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards said Wednesday that the family planning provider "expect[s] to defeat" a bill next week in the House of Representatives that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks based on...

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Conservative 'Opportunity For All' Policy Summit Features Only Male Lawmakers

(60) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Twenty-three members of Congress are slated to speak at a major conservative policy summit called "Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None" this week, and none of them are women.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that helps to shape the policies and ideas of the Republican Party, invited a...

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Gabby Giffords' Former Spokesman To Join Republican Martha McSally's Staff

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 5:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- C.J. Karamargin, who served as communications director for then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) at the time she was shot in 2011, is switching political teams and joining the staff of newly elected Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), according to two sources in Giffords' inner circle.

Karamargin has accepted a...

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Republicans Introduce Five Anti-Abortion Bills In First Days Of New Congress

(475) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON-- Emboldened by a new Senate majority, Republicans in Congress introduced five abortion restrictions in the first three days of the new legislative session that would severely limit women's access to the procedure.

Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Monday reintroduced a ban on abortions after 20...

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Gov. Rick Snyder May Allow Concealed Carry Permits For Accused Domestic Abusers

(199) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:40 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is considering signing a bill into law that would allow some accused domestic abusers with restraining orders issued against them to obtain a concealed carry gun permit.

Under current law in Michigan, when a personal protective order (PPO) is issued against a person for...

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Patty Murray Gears Up For Abortion Fight In New Leadership Role

(336) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:50 PM

As Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) prepares for her new role as the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, she is gearing up a big fight with Republicans over women's reproductive rights.

Murray told The Huffington Post in an interview on Monday that even...

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Proposed Bill Would Require Women To Ask Men's Permission To Have An Abortion

(2438) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:59 PM

A bill proposed by a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri would require a woman seeking an abortion to obtain notarized consent from the baby's father, even if he is physically abusive toward her.

The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Rick Brattin, told Mother Jones that while...

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Senators Shoot Down Gillibrand's Military Sexual Assault Reform Bill

(26) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Nearly a year after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) military sexual assault reform legislation fell five votes short of passing the Senate, she asked for unanimous consent on Thursday to bring her bill to the floor for another vote. But a group of senators blocked Gillibrand's effort, accusing her...

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Rolling Stone's Missteps Will Set Rape Dialogue Back Years, Advocates Worry

(164) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Rolling Stone magazine's unraveling story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia could set back by many years the national movement to discuss and combat sexual assault, survivors and advocates worry.

"I felt like we were almost at a tipping point in this work,"...

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Rolling Stone's UVA Gang Rape Story Begins To Unravel

(669) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 2:46 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Three weeks after a bombshell Rolling Stone article detailed an alleged brutal gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, the fraternity released a statement that rebutted some of its central claims and the magazine is distancing itself from the article.

Will Dana, the managing editor...

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NFL Executive Cries Through Testimony At Senate Domestic Violence Hearing

(16) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders on Tuesday expressed disappointment that the commissioners of the four major national sports leagues skipped a Senate hearing on domestic violence in sports. But one of the representatives sent by the National Football League, executive Troy Vincent, delivered a personal and emotional testimony about domestic violence...

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