iOS app Android app

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

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

(21) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 10:48 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...

Read Post

Ted Cruz Plots Government Shutdown Fight Over Planned Parenthood

(39) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 4:33 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...

Read Post

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

(16) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:57 PM

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

Read Post

Bobby Jindal To Screen Graphic Planned Parenthood Videos On His Lawn

(8) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 4:01 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...

Read Post

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

(18) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:28 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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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,...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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,...

Read Post

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." 


Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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'...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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,...

Read Post

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...

Read Post