Ali Larter, Jennifer Lawrence and More Stars Who've Opened Up About Their Personal Experiences with Planned Parenthood
"I am one of the 1-in-5 women that will use a Planned Parenthood health center in their lifetime," the actress said at the 2017 Philadelphia Action Forum on Wednesday. "And what I think is getting lost in this story is that people really use [Planned Parenthood] and it's an essential part of health care for so many women in this country." The actress was 19 years old when she first moved to L.A. and needed healthcare. "I didn't have any friends, I didn't have a net, I didn't know where to go and I didn't have any doctors," she said. "But I knew about Planned Parenthood and it was simple and accessible. I think that now more and more, especially for women in rural and underserved areas, this is their only access to be able to take care of their own bodies."
The loud and proud Planed Parenthood advocate told Cosmopolitan in 2016 that she had personally relied on the organization as a teen. "Growing up, I used [PP's] services. All my girlfriends did – not just for birth control but for Pap smears and breast exams," she revealed. Johansson again discussed her personal history with PP during the January 2017 women's march in Washington, D.C. "[At 15] I was living in New York City and had visited a Planned Parenthood there," she told the crowd. "It was actually my clinician at Planned Parenthood who suggested I speak with my pediatrician if I was seeking a referral. She was compassionate and professional and told me she was happy to treat me for regular checkups, and when the time came, for STD and cancer screenings. No judgment. No questions asked. Planned Parenthood provided a safe place where I could be treated with gentle guidance."
Following the November 2015 shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado that left three people dead, the Oscar winner condemned the violence and spoke out in support of the organization. "It's so awful…. It isn't an attack on abortions; it's an attack on women," she told Glamour. "Because Planned Parenthood is so much more [than abortion]. My mom was really religious with me when I was young. She's not so much anymore. And I wouldn't have been able to get birth control if it weren't for Planned P. I wouldn't have been able to get condoms and birth control and all these things I needed as a normal teenager who was growing up in a Jesus house...What harm comes from supplying people with birth control, condoms, Pap smears, and cancer screenings?"
In June 2016, Handler penned a personal essay for Playboy in which she revealed that she had abortions at PP as a 16 year old. "I just thought, 'Why not?' I can have a baby. Maybe I'll have twins and give them rhyming names," she wrote. "Of course, the idea that I would have a child and raise it by myself at that age, when I couldn't even find my way home at night, was ridiculous. My parents recognized that, so they acted like parents for one of the very first times in my life and took me to Planned Parenthood." Handler went on to admit, "We all make mistakes all the time. I happened to f--- up twice at the age of 16. I'm grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family."
The iconic young adult author took to Twitter last September to make it clear that she's been behind PP for decades. "I #StandWithPP. In '59 when I was getting married I called PP for advice on birth control. They do what it takes to care for women," she shared. Blume also reminded her followers that the nonprofit played a role in her 1975 novel Forever. "Katherine, in Forever, went to PP for birth control. She would say, I #StandWithPP. So would her grandma. Love that grandma," she added.
The singer-songwriter got candid about her relationship with Planned Parenthood on Twitter, writing "I #IStandWithPP. As a teen with worries and questions about sex, I was given information, support, and birth control. @PPact has my support."
"Planned Parenthood was my healthcare provider when I didn't have insurance after graduating from college," Banks recalled in a video about President Obama's stance on women's health. "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. And unfortunately these are the types of things that I don't want to discuss with employers. I don't want to talk about that with my employer – that's between me and my doctor. And at the time, my doctor happened to be at Planned Parenthood. So I'm really grateful that they exist and that they provide essential services for women all over this country." The actress and director also makes it a point to express her gratitude for Planned Parenthood on social media. "I #StandwithPP. I was a happy, healthy patient all of my early 20s," she tweeted.
Griffin isn't shy about her adamant support of Planned Parenthood or past status as a patient. "The day that I made so little as a Kelly Girl temp, I had to bring in my pay stub and prove I made small enough to qualify for Planned Parenthood," she recounted for Playbill in September 2015. "If it wasn't for Planned Parenthood, I wouldn't get my Pap smears… It's so insane to me that people think Planned Parenthood is something it's not. It's not like these are clinics that are everywhere saying, 'Free Beer and Abortion.' It's Planned Parenthood. It's been around forever." The comedian has also detailed her experiences with PP on Twitter.
The musician got real about PP's vital role in her healthcare in a series of 2015 tweets. "Thanks to #PlannedParenthood 30-year-old me learned my vagina wasn't fused shut by a molten plague, I was just very allergic to latex condoms," she began. "And the health care provider NEVER made me feel stupid, no matter WHAT… Thank you, thank you, thank you Planned Parenthood." The singer added, "Thanks to #PlannedParenthood 38-year-old me was referred to the BEST place to get a needle aspirate biopsy on a lump in my breast."