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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Gabrielle Union

by Melissa Silverstein
March 28, 2011 1:43 AM
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Gabrielle Union has become one of the few celebrity voices speaking out on behalf of the Congressional campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. No matter what you believe about abortion, 97% of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with abortion. It provides basic, affordable health care to lots of women who would otherwise not get any. This is not rocket science. This is an assault on women.

Here's what Union said:

Planned Parenthood is providing vaccines, cervical cancer screenings, 830,000 breast exams, STD screenings and (overall) half-a-million HIV screenings. The way people are focusing now on Planned Parenthood is like they are taking one piece and deciding that the whole thing is bad, and that's just not the case.

The reality of what Planned Parenthood is doing is trying to increase the number of planned pregnancies and give women the options of planning out their pregnancies by way of contraception.

That is the bulk of what Planned Parenthood is doing.

For a lot of women, the last stop for affordable health care and acceptable health care is Planned Parenthood. It's the place that a lot of people go to, certainly minorities, because you know it's the one place where you're not getting turned away when you're asking questions about reproductive care.

If we provide more access to quality and affordable contraception, and information, you're going to see those numbers go down across the board and not just in terms of the African-American community.

For women, and for society at large, we should care that Planned Parenthood's funding could get cut. If you look at the fact that a good chunk of the women that go to Planned Parenthood receive federal funding anyway and you realize this is where they're turning to go ... if you eliminate Planned Parenthood, think of all the STDs that will be spread, all of the women who won't be receiving preventative health care in terms of breast cancer, cervical cancer. Think of all the women who wouldn't get reproductive health and information. Cutting Planned Parenthood's funding does such a disservice to our already underserved community.

This should be the last place that should be cut.

One in five women will visit a Planned Parenthood at some point in their lifetime. We cannot eliminate the funding. It does not make good sense, it doesn't make good business sense, it doesn't make moral sense or health sense.

Read full statement here.

For you to get involved got to I Stand With Planned Parenthood and sign the petition

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3 Comments

  • Mack | March 30, 2011 7:19 AMReply

    All that aside, how about saying that women should not be allowed to get abortions is basically saying that you feel you should have the right to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body? If you want to make abortion illegal, you're for setting the country back 100 years. If you don't approve of abortions, don't get one and/or don't be involved with women who would get one. End of story. Don't shove your moral beliefs down the nations throat. No one is forcing you to LIKE abortions just by being pro choice.

  • Grover Dill | March 29, 2011 9:03 AMReply

    Planned Parenthood's 2008 annual report reveals that the organization performed 305,310 abortions that year. At $400-500 a pop, abortion is a HUGE money-maker for the organization.

    Simply put, they do not need taxpayer funding.

    And if getting taxpayer funds is so important to them, why not just cut abortion services from their practices? I mean, if 97 percent of what they do has nothing to do with abortion (doubtful, but I'll play along), then cutting those services should be no big deal, right?

  • anonymiss | March 29, 2011 2:12 AMReply

    Dear Mr. Dill,
    I paid for both of my abortions at Planned Parenthood--the full $500 amount, although I was a poor student the first time and an unemployed mother the second time. I would just like to address this notion that PP is showering women with public funding--had you ever used a PP, sir, you would know that they screen your income before you receive services. Even with a complete lack of income, a patient is still required to pay some amount.

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