Scarlett Johansson Slams Defunding Planned Parenthood: "We're Moving Backward"
"There are countries at war, there's terrorism, global warming, and we're like, 'We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let's take away the availability of women's health initiatives!'"
Scarlett Johansson is frustrated by legislators advocating for cutting the budget for Planned Parenthood.
The actress talked about the issue in Cosmopolitan's May cover story. "There are countries at war, there's terrorism, global warming, and we're like, 'We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let's take away the availability of women's health initiatives!'" said Johansson, who has been vocal about her support for Planned Parenthood in the past.
"It's nuts. We're talking about preventing cervical and breast cancers," she added.
Johansson said that she used Planned Parenthood's services growing up. "All my girlfriends did — not just for birth control but for Pap smears and breast exams. You read about the rise of back-alley abortions, women having to mutilate themselves and teenagers having to seek help in unsafe conditions, and for what?! We're moving backward when we're supposed to be moving forward."
Johansson also weighed in on the gender pay gap in Hollywood, saying she preferred to put the equal pay discussion in a larger context.
"There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," said Johansson. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage."
She continued, "I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I'm addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It's part of a larger conversation about feminism in general."