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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

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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Mizzou Will No Longer Let Medical Students Train At Planned Parenthood

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 11:56 AM

Medical and nursing students at the University of Missouri no longer have the option to do birth control and abortion training rotations at local Planned Parenthood clinics, after the school canceled all ten of its contracts with the family planning provider.

The Missourian reported Tuesday that Mizzou has...

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Chris Christie Says Hillary Clinton Supports 'Systematic Murder Of Children'

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 10:09 PM

Three Republican presidential candidates came out swinging against Planned Parenthood in the debate Wednesday night, using inflammatory language...

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Lindsey Graham Stands By Support For Chief Justice John Roberts

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 8:28 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Sen. Rick Santorum during the GOP primary debate...

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Five Female Migrant Workers Awarded $17 Million In Rape, Harassment Case

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 5:56 PM

A federal jury has awarded a total of $17 million to five women who were fired from a produce packing company in Florida after their bosses allegedly raped and sexually harassed them on the job, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday. 

The women claim that their...

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Congress' Planned Parenthood Investigation Has Turned Up 'No Evidence,' House Dems Say

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 11:39 AM

WASHINGTON -- The same day the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to "expose" Planned Parenthood's "horrific abortion practices," members of another House committee announced that their federal investigation into the family planning provider has so far turned up no evidence of wrongdoing. 

The Judiciary Committee brought three longtime anti-abortion...

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28 Republican Men Threaten Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

(25) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 5:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of 28 House Republican lawmakers, all men, are pledging to do everything in their power to defund Planned Parenthood this fall, even it means shutting down the federal government in protest. 

In a letter circulated this summer by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.),...

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Death Threats On Abortion Providers Spike In Wake Of Planned Parenthood Videos

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 3:04 PM

In July, shortly after an anti-abortion group aired an undercover video of a top Planned Parenthood doctor discussing the donation of fetal tissue after abortions, an individual using the name "Joseywhales" posted an ominous warning on Fox Nation. 

"I'll pay ten large to whomever kills Dr. Deborah...

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Supreme Court May Review Texas Abortion Law That Wendy Davis Filibustered

(4) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 11:21 AM

A national abortion rights group asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to review a pair of restrictions in Texas that would shut down eight abortion clinics across the state if it is allowed to go into effect.

"Without the court’s intervention, the impact on Texas women will be immediate and devastating,...

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DOJ Defends Planned Parenthood Against Bobby Jindal In Court

(2) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 1:04 PM

The U.S. Justice Department sided with Planned Parenthood in its court battle with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) Monday night, telling a federal judge that Jindal lacked "sufficient reasons" to cut off Medicaid funding to the family planning provider. 

Last month, Jindal moved to cancel Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contract in...

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'Sting' Videos Of Planned Parenthood Are Totally Manipulated, Forensic Analysis Finds

(23) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 11:48 AM

The undercover Planned Parenthood videos that spurred a congressional investigation were so severely manipulated that they wouldn't hold up in court, according to an analysis by three teams of forensic experts. 

Planned Parenthood hired independent research firm Fusion GPS to investigate the validity of the first five "sting" videos...

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Ted Cruz Plots Government Shutdown Fight Over Planned Parenthood

(38) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Washington -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) thinks Republican leaders are bluffing when they say they want to defund Planned Parenthood, so he is enlisting Christian pastors across the nation to help mobilize voters to force his colleagues' hands and threaten a government shutdown.  

Cruz implored more than a thousand pastors...

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Jeb Bush Claims Planned Parenthood Isn't 'Doing Women's Health Issues'

(15) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush made a puzzling comment about Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, charging that...

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Bobby Jindal To Screen Graphic Planned Parenthood Videos On His Lawn

(8) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said he plans to screen controversial undercover videos of Planned Parenthood on the lawn of his mansion Thursday evening in response to a rally protesting his actions against the family planning provider.  

The protest at the GOP presidential candidate's Baton Rouge home...

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Jeb Bush Redirected Planned Parenthood Money To Abstinence-Only Education As Governor

(18) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 2:28 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) says he "misspoke" on Tuesday when he said the federal government is spending too much money on women's health. What he meant to say, the 2016 candidate explained in a tweet, is that funds for Planned Parenthood should be redirected to other women's...

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