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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

Planned Parenthood Is More Popular Than Any Presidential Candidate

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Despite weeks of intense scrutiny, Planned Parenthood is still more popular than the National Rifle Association, the Supreme Court, both political parties, every presidential candidate and President Barack Obama, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday.

Across party lines, Planned Parenthood's favorability rating is 45...

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Democrats Block Vote On Planned Parenthood Defunding

(55) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 1:38 PM

Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a bill Monday that would have stripped federal funds from Planned Parenthood,...

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Here Are The Fake IDs Anti-Abortion Activists Used To Film Planned Parenthood

(20) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:21 PM

The anti-abortion activists who gained access to highly sensitive areas of Planned Parenthood clinics and other related organizations over the past three years are facing at least two lawsuits after they allegedly used fake identification cards and created a fake company in order to film their targets without consent. 

Planned Parenthood...

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Planned Parenthood Sees Spike In Donations As Attacks Escalate

(9) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- After weeks on the defensive over a series of controversial videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood doctors selling fetal tissue after abortions, the nation’s largest family planning provider is aggressively pushing back.

With the help of an outside public relations firm, the group is launching a more proactive...

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Mitch McConnell Says 'Women's Health' Five Times In Attempt To Defund Planned Parenthood

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:04 PM

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a statement announcing he is fast-tracking legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, he used the term "women's health" no fewer than five times, seizing on language Democrats have used for years to attack their colleagues across the aisle. 

The defunding legislation,...

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Hillary Clinton: Planned Parenthood Videos Are 'Disturbing'

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 10:40 AM

Hillary Clinton defended Planned Parenthood last week after an anti-abortion group released undercover videos purporting to show the family planning services provider selling fetal tissue. But the Democratic presidential candidate hedged her support a bit on Tuesday, telling the New Hampshire Union Leader that she finds the videos "disturbing." 


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America Still Wants To Fund Planned Parenthood After Sting Videos: Poll

(18) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:16 PM

Nearly two-thirds of American voters said they oppose a Republican proposal to strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood after the release of two undercover "sting" videos of the family planning provider, according to a new poll released Tuesday by the liberal Hart Research Associates.

The poll, commissioned by Planned Parenthood, surveyed...

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McConnell Voted In 1993 To Legalize Fetal Tissue Donations After Abortion

(7) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fast-tracked a bill to defund Planned Parenthood on Friday because of an undercover video of a Planned Parenthood doctor discussing the donation of fetal tissue after abortions. But McConnell was one of many Republicans who voted to lift a ban on fetal...

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Hillary Clinton Defends Planned Parenthood After Sting Videos

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 5:11 PM


Hillary Clinton spoke out for the first time Thursday about the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the donation of fetal tissue, calling political attacks on the family planning provider "an attack on women's right to choose." 

"I think it is unfortunate that Planned...

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Harry Reid Rips Republicans For Their Move Against Planned Parenthood

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:58 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ripped into Senate Republicans on Thursday for using a veterans'...

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Dems Call For Investigation Into Group Behind Planned Parenthood 'Sting' Videos

(13) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 2:39 PM

As House Republicans launch an investigation into Planned Parenthood following the release of undercover footage that shows a doctor discussing the donation of fetal parts after an abortion, House Democrats are calling for an investigation into the group behind the "sting" videos. 

Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Jerry...

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Jeb Bush To Visit Crisis Pregnancy Center

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will visit a South Carolina crisis pregnancy center on Wednesday as part of his campaign tour through the Palmetto State. Crisis pregnancy centers are nonprofit organizations with a mission to deter pregnant women from choosing abortion, sometimes by providing misinformation about...

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Hillary Clinton Responds To 'Gender Card' Dig: 'Mitch McConnell Really Doesn't Get It'

(8) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 3:26 PM

Hillary Clinton fired back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday after he accused her of playing the "gender card" during her presidential campaign. 

"Wow," Clinton told HuffPost during a Facebook question-and-answer session. "If that’s what he said, Mitch McConnell really doesn’t get it. There is a...

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Planned Parenthood: More Sting Videos Are Coming

(28) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 2:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- An attorney for Planned Parenthood warned Congress on Monday that he expects the Center for Medical Progress,...

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Scott Walker Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban Into Law

(34) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a bill into law on Monday that bans abortions after...

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Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting Video May Have Tricked IRS, Donors

(35) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- The anti-abortion group that released an undercover "sting" video of a Planned Parenthood doctor this week appears to be a dummy nonprofit that may have deceived the Internal Revenue Service and the public about its mission. 

The two-year-old Center for Medical Progress, which claims to be in the...

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The Runaways' Jackie Fuchs Speaks Out On TV About Being Raped

(15) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:48 PM

Jackie Fuchs, a member of the all-female '70s rock band the Runaways, spoke out on TV this week about being raped by her manager, Kim Fowley, in 1975. The Huffington Post's Jason Cherkis first reported on the traumatizing attack last week.

Fuchs, whose stage name was Jackie...

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Retired Women Are Twice As Poor As Retired Men: Report

(71) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Democrats in Congress often lament the fact that full-time working women in the United States earn 78 cents for every dollar men earn, but less attention is paid to the much wider and harder-hitting income gap for women in retirement.

According to a report Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released...

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Congress Launches Planned Parenthood Investigation After Sting Video

(631) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:20 PM

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called for an investigation into Planned Parenthood on Wednesday after an anti-abortion group released an undercover video that claims to show that the family planning provider sells fetal body parts.

"When an organization monetizes an unborn child -- and with the cavalier attitude portrayed...

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Sting Video Claims Planned Parenthood Sells Fetal Parts

(426) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 5:54 PM

An undercover video released Tuesday by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress claims to show a physician at Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of fetal body parts after an abortion. The family planning provider says the video was selectively edited to mislead viewers about fetal tissue donations that are...

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