For some crazy reason, Planned Parenthood is at the crux of a looming government shutdown. Playing their usual dirty games, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives aims to hold the government hostage in an attempt to pass through a budget that would defund family planning services. They say it's about abortion, but Planned Parenthood doesn't allocate any federal dollars to abortion services; instead, the funds are funnelled to breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, screenings and treatment for STDs (including HIV), general reproductive health and birth control.
Usually I can't stand when celebrities mouth off about politics, because I figure they should just stick to entertaining us. But given what is currently happening in Washington today, I feel very grateful to hear from actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow who are speaking out on behalf of millions of American women by standing up for Planned Parenthood.
As Scarlett explains in her PSA, many women, especially those with low incomes, depend on Planned Parenthood as their only resource for health care, including lifesaving preventative care. Without it, they may miss out on a cancer-detecting mammogram or treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Plain and simple, some people in Washington need to get their priorities straight. How about cutting funding for two wars we should have never gotten into in the first place? Maybe hacking into all those tax breaks for the bankers, oil companies or top 2 percent of Americans? The solution to our budget crisis is not to throw women's health under the bus. Rachel Bilson, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Moore, Dana Delany, Amber Tamblyn, David Eigenberg, Alan Cummings, Jason Alexander, Kathleen Turner are among those who agree. But you don't have to be famous to know what's right.
Here are the important messages from Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow ...
Are you standing up for Planned Parenthood?
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