It’s not surprising that the majority of actors and actresses in Hollywood are liberals. But the number of celebrities who go out of their way to support abortion rights and, in particular, Planned Parenthood, through PSAs, speaking engagements and financial donations is shocking. Here are 42 celebrities who have publicly supported the abortion giant.
Celebrities Know What's Good for Women -- Just Let Them Tell You
Many celebrities have starred in sanctimonious public service announcements for the abortion giant.
Actress Scarlett Johansson starred in this 2011 PSA, where she called a bill to defund Planned Parenthood “disastrous.”
Before the 2012 election, actors Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Audra McDonald, Lisa Kudrow, Meryl Streep, Tea Leoni and Billy Crudup appeared in a video series for “reproductive rights” attacking the GOP. It was heavily promoted by Planned Parenthood.
On its website, Planned Parenthood lists Johansson, Rachel Bilson, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Moore, Dana Delany, Amber Tamblyn, David Eigenberg, Alan Cummings and Jason Alexander as “just a few” of the celebrities who support Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood’s Marketing Team?
Actress Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, Nashville) made headlines in 2013 for partnering with Planned Parenthood to create T-shirts in support of Planned Parenthood and abortion rights in Texas.
Lena Dunham did the same in 2014, when she designed a shirt with Planned Parenthood to promote both the group and her new book. She shared images of her famous friends wearing the shirt, including Jemima Kirke (Girls), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Retta (Parks and Recreation), America Ferrera, Janet Mock, singer Sara Bareilles, and Ellen Page.
Scarlett Johansson also designed a shirt for Planned Parenthood in 2014.
Have you gotten this Scarlett Johansson t-shirt yet? Stand up for women's rights & get yours: http://t.co/xUcjS0hUcv pic.twitter.com/xjdzK9Jg1o— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) August 29, 2014
Actress Kate Walsh (Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy) also sits on the board of Planned Parenthood, according to their site. She bribed her fans to send money to Planned Parenthood in exchange for an autographed DVD set.
A self-described life-long supporter of Planned Parenthood, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal promoted the group through a letter she wrote for Glamour magazine in 2012. She wrote that it was “chilling to think of this resource [Planned Parenthood] being taken away.”
Social Justice Warriors
But that’s not the only way celebrities propagandized the public. Some stars used their social media platforms to advocate for abortion and bully pro-lifers.
One of those people is Lucas Neff, star of Fox’s Raising Hope, who is particularly nasty to pro-lifers on his Twitter account.
Martha Plimpton, Neff’s Raising Hope co-star, is even more vocal in supporting Planned Parenthood. She has also starred in PSAs for the group.
The Great Thing To Come From Anti-Abortion Videos http://t.co/SOH76i4qy1 via @bustle / Tissue donation is caring & voluntary. #IStandwithPP— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) July 23, 2015
It's not pro-life. It's pro-control. We've known it all along. Great piece by @amandamarcotte http://t.co/zCMraYGPZh— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) January 27, 2014
Actress Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) isn’t very active on her social media account, but when she is, it’s usually to promote liberal politics – and a favorite of hers is Planned Parenthood.
Can’t stop listening to @mclyte @samantharonson Women Are Watching playlist for @PPact! Listen and GO VOTE! http://t.co/S39Kq8pa5i— Alexis Bledel (@alexisbledel) October 31, 2014
Tomorrow 2nd Special session 4 #TXLege begins, #StandwithTXwomen & @WendyDavisTexas make our voices heard. Meet on TX Capitol steps @ noon!— Alexis Bledel (@alexisbledel) July 1, 2013
To @MittRomney: If you "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, what's the plan for the 3 million people who receive health care there? #ASKMITT— Alexis Bledel (@alexisbledel) October 1, 2012
Awards for Abortion
Other celebrities have shown support by attending, presenting and receiving awards at Planned Parenthood’s annual gala. Television stars Emily VanCamp (Revenge) and Jessica Lowndes (90210) presented at Planned Parenthood’s 2010 Annual Gala. Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood) received an award from the group in 2007. Stanley Tucci, Neil Patrick Harris and Blythe Danner have also appeared at Planned Parenthood galas.
Planned Parenthood: A Female Comedian’s Favorite Organization (Apparently)
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
Pretty much any female comedian you can think of on TV has appeared in a PSA, used social media or written statements in support of Planned Parenthood.
Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling, Retta, Amy Poehler and Leslie Mann ( who is married to Judd Apatow) all played a part in Lena Dunham's Planned Parenthood publicity stunt as described above.
Silverman has made a number of crude and offensive videos in support of abortion. She even hosted a telethon to raise money for abortions in Texas in 2013 with Daily Show comedian Lizz Winstead.
Poehler penned a letter on behalf of the abortion giant, picked up by several media sites, which praised Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and the organization as “awesome.”
Actress Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect,Hunger Games) came out before the 2012 election in a video for Barack Obama to share her support of Planned Parenthood.
Hollywood Ignores Planned Parenthood Videos
With the exception of hardcore Planned Parenthood supporters Lena Dunham and Sarah Silverman, the rest of Hollywood's abortion supporters have been largely silent since the release of the four (and counting) damning videos on Planned Parenthood.
As MRC Culture's Katie Yoder noted, the media similarly stayed silent on the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell's trial, in which witnesses described baby abortion survivors “swimming" in toilets “to get out,” attracted a scant 12 – 15 reporters. Only after 56 days, multiple letters from members of the House of Representatives and a public outcry, did all three broadcast networks report on Gosnell.
Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding during the fiscal year 2013—2014. That amounted to more than $1.4 million per day, through government grants, contracts and Medicaid reimbursements.