Elizabeth Strassner
Elizabeth is a NYC-based writer, originally from Missouri. Her work has also appeared on ABC News and in The Toast.

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Defunding Planned Parenthood Hurts Pro-Life Women, Too

After lambasting Obamcare for the past seven years, Republicans have their shot at undoing the healthcare law. On Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote on "Trumpcare," or the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). Its passage would be a significant blow to the 2010 Affordable Care Act and would cause an estimated 24 million Americans to lose their health insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office. One of the bill's most significant and controversial features is that it…

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South Dakota's Anti-Gay Adoption Law Could Hurt The Whole State

Earlier this month, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law SB 149, a bill that critics argue is anti-LGBT. Specifically, LGBT advocates fear that the law will allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny services to LGBT families in South Dakota. Under the new law, any "faith-based or religious child placement agency or organization" that contracts with the state retains its independence with regard to "decisions as to whether any child-placement service conflicts with any sinc…

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Deaths Confirmed In The UK Parliament Attack

Scotland Yard confirmed Wednesday that an apparent attack on Parliament and the Westminster Bridge was being investigated "as a terrorist incident." As of this writing, the attack is thought to have been twofold: a vehicle reportedly attempted to run over people on the Westminster Bridge, and an assailant with a knife was reported by Parliament. As police work to piece together this afternoon's events — and to identify the attacker or attackers — victims are being treated on the scene and at loc…

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Tweets From The Westminster Bridge Attack

Wednesday afternoon, London Metropolitan Police reported being called to a "firearms incident" at Westminster Bridge. The leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, reportedly told MPs, "It seems that a police officer has been stabbed; that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity." The Guardian's Vikram Dodd reported that the "early police view" is t…

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Kamala Harris Believes Every Issue Is A Women's Issue

After a successful Senate campaign that earned endorsements from the likes of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris is quickly becoming a household name. Before winning her seat in 2016, Harris had a lengthy legal career: She served as attorney general for the state of California and, prior to that, as district attorney for San Francisco. As attorney general, she made headlines for refusing to defend Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage law, and for winning a billion-dollar j…

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The Founder Of Whole Women's Health On The Lasting Damage Of The Supreme Court Case

Texas House Bill 2 (HB2) was signed into law by then-governor Rick Perry in 2013 in a blaze of national controversy after then-State Senator Wendy Davis famously attempted to block the legislation through a filibuster. HB2 required abortion providers to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and required doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These restrictions posed significant obstacles for existing Texas clinics, half of which closed after HB2 was passed. Bu…

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Russian Spies Charged in 2014 Yahoo! Email Hacking

On Wednesday, the Justice Department charged two Russian spies for their role in stealing data from more than half a billion Yahoo accounts in 2014. In addition to the two Russian spies, the Justice Department also charged two hackers, who were reportedly hired by the Russian officers to obtain the Yahoo data. The Russian intelligence officers charged are are Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin; Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov are the alleged hackers. Neither of the Russian intelligence officers …

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24 Million May Lose Their Insurance With GOP Plan

On Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a report predicting that 14 million Americans could lose their health insurance under the GOP's proposed Obamacare replacement plan in 2018. The report said 24 million could lose their coverage by 2026. The high rates of insurance loss are "even larger than many analysts had predicted," according to The Hill. The Congressional Budget Office report also predicts that the new plan will increase average premiums for the elderly …

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Trump's Legacy Could Be An Education Disaster

Congressional Republicans' battle to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received the lion's share of attention — or at least the attention devoted to legislation (as opposed to wire-tapping allegations and suggestions of microwave spying). As important as that debate is, however, there's another item on the Republican agenda that could have consequences every bit as harmful as an ACA repeal. House bill 610 (H.R. 610) would, among other things, establish a voucher program for American schoo…

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The GOP's Obamacare Replacement May Hurt Mothers

It's no secret that many Congressional Republicans are opposed to providing women with abortion options. However, their American Health Care Act could make things much harder for women carrying their pregnancies to term as well. The proposed Republican Obamacare replacement would end Affordable Care Act regulations that required qualified health plans to cover maternity care — and that could make things tougher for expectant women. As the Los Angeles Times noted, this removal could mean that pre…

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