Top 10 Most Outspoken Celebrities Who Support Planned Parenthood
Elizabeth Banks, Lena Dunham, Scarlett Johansson and more express their support for the women's healthcare nonprofit.
Pro-life activists and government officials have been working to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of a string of "undercover" videos showing Planned Parenthood officials speaking frankly about the organization's fetal tissue donation program and the costs associated with it.
The videos, recorded and released by pro-life group Center for Medical Progress, have added even more controversy to an already contentious issue. Meanwhile, Hollywood celebrities continue to express their support for the women's healthcare nonprofit, and many made their opinions vocal just before a Senate vote to defund the organization failed.
More videos continue to be released, despite the fact that state investigations have repeatedly found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Planned Parenthood has historically found support in A-list Hollywood celebrities and it continues to do so as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up and abortion looks like it will be a key issue in the GOP primary.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 54 percent of Americans polled support federal funding specifically for Planned Parenthood to provide free women's health exams, screenings and contraception services. However, 44 percent of the people who saw the videos say they now have a more negative view of the organization.
Lena Dunham and Scarlett Johansson are two actresses who have been very outspoken about their support for Planned Parenthood. Recently there have been a string of celebrities who have spoken positively about the organization including Mindy Kaling, Gabrielle Union, Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, Ashley Judd, John Legend, Nick Offerman, Kerry Washington, Laverne Cox, Felicity Huffman, Mae Whitman, Alan Cumming and many more.
Here's a look at the people that have publicly supported Planned Parenthood over the years.
10. Connie Britton
In 2013, Britton partnered with Planned Parenthood to release a "WWTD? What Would Tami Taylor Do?" T-shirt in support of Wendy Davis as she fought against a Texas state legislature bill that would impose major restrictions on abortion. In 2014, she reiterated her support for Planned Parenthood.
"The character Tami on Friday Night Lights is a Texas woman deeply committed to her community and to standing up for what is right for her neighbors and the people she loves," said Britton. "I have been inspired by how people around the country have united to stand with the women of Texas, and I can't help but think that, in this moment, we all have the opportunity to join with and become strong, powerful Texas men and women."
9. America Ferrera
“I think that women’s health is an issue that is close to me, because of my community,” Ferrera said while at a Planned Parenthood luncheon. “We’re only as strong as the ability we have to take care of the women who are giving birth and nurturing the next generation.”
The Senate votes on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood at 5:30pm! Get on the phone NOW & tell your senators to #StandWithPP: 202-224-3121.— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) August 3, 2015
8. Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore often tweets her support about Planned Parenthood and she also joined Mary J. Blige in a video supporting the organization.
7. Kate Walsh
In 2005, Kate Walsh joined the Planned Parenthood Board of Advocates. Three years later, the actress received the PPFA Maggie Award for an Artist who Stands Up for Reproductive Health and Freedom. She talked about the healthcare services Planned Parenthood provides and said it is "misrepresented as an abortion mill."
6. Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal wrote an impassioned article about women's health and Planned Parenthood in Glamour magazine.
"I've been a Planned Parenthood supporter my whole life — since my mom took me to a rally when I was in sixth grade," she wrote. "It's chilling to think of this resource being taken away."
1 out of every 5 women has been to Planned Parenthood. Threatening their care gets politicians nowhere FAST with me. I proudly #StandWithPP— Maggie Gyllenhaal (@mgyllenhaal) July 17, 2015
5. Kristen Bell
"I stand with Planned Parenthood because I want my girls to have access to birth control behind my back one day," Bell recently said in a video she posted on Twitter.
4. Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman is not shy about voicing her support for Planned Parenthood, and has spoken specifically about the videos when they were released.
Abortion is still legal in the great U.S of A. It would be insane not to use fetal tissue 4 science & education in such cases. #StandwithPP— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) July 28, 2015
3. Elizabeth Banks
"Planned Parenthood was my healthcare provider when I didn't have insurance after graduating from college," Banks said in a video for Barack Obama. "Yes, I got birth control, but it was for my massive migraine headaches and my heavy flow. Yeah, I'm on record saying I had a heavy flow."
2. Scarlett Johansson
"For many people, especially those with low incomes, Planned Parenthood is their only source of healthcare," Johansson said in one of her videos for the organization where she talked about defending women's healthcare.
1. Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham has consistently shown her support of Planned Parenthood, not only tweeting about the organization, but also partnering with them to create a T-shirt. Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union and many of Dunham's friends donned the shirts and she shared pictures of them on Instagram.