HollywoodLifers — This is serious.
Celebrities like Julianne Moore, Amber Tamblyn, Wendre Malick and I want to warn you that you could be out of luck if you need birth control advice, breast and cervical cancer , or STD screenings or any number of female health services.
The House of Representatives voted 240 to 185 on Feb. 18, on the Pence Ammendment to ban Planned Parenthood from receiving ANY federal funding. Now just to be clear- this isn’t about abortion. Planned Parenthood hasn’t received federal funds for abortion services — only 3% of what they do — in years.
No, this is federal funding for ALL of the vast array of their medical services provided for women, most of them low income. I talked to Stuart Schear, from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and he told me, that without federal funding, Planned Parenthood will have to close 500 of it’s 800 centers, which serve over 3 million women a year! That means 3 million women won’t get mostly preventative healthcare — contraceptive information and counseling, STD tests, pap smears, breast exams, HIV tests, and blood tests. Planned Parenthood is the LARGEST provider of healthcare for women in the entire country and has been for over 95 years.
For women like Carolyn Smithers, Planned Parenthood was literally a lifesaver. She was a college student with no health insurance when she went to her local Planned Parenthood for a pap smear, which revealed that she had cervical cancer, which thankfully was successfully treated.
For Franciska Farkas, 30, a videographer and yoga teacher, who has no health insurance, Planned Parenthood was the only place she could afford to turn to when she had a breast abnormality. “I was really scared,” she told us at HollywoodLife.com. “But fortunately I could go to Planned Parenthood and it turned out to be an infection, not cancer, and the doctors told me how to take care of it.”
What will women do if the House of Representatives gets its way and Planned Parenthood loses all its federal funding? You, I and most women in this country wil be affected in some way.
So why has the House attacked Planned Parenthood?
They’re out to punish the organization because 3% of what it does, is to provide abortion services — though not with federal funds. The ridiculous things about this of course, is that without the contraception counseling and provision of low cost contraceptives to women provided by Planned Parenthood – there will be more unwanted pregnancies and that could mean more abortions!
Celebrities including Julianne Moore, and Amber Tamblyn are urging you to contact your members of congress to support Planned Parenthood funding. Plus you can sign this open letter to Congress telling them you stand by Planned Parenthood. The Senate can vote down the Pence Amendment, and restore Planned Parenthood’s funding. For the sake of your sisters, daughters, friends, nieces and yourself, I urge you to sign the petition. Over half a million women have already done it!