Gabrielle Union is a believer in planning parenthood, as her recent chatter about the Gut-full-of-Wade-she-won’t-be-carrying-til-he-puts-a-ring-on-it has made clear.
Now she’s putting her pretty face and celebrity girlfriend muscle behind those words. Gabby has become an advocate/spokesperson for IStandWithPlannedParenthood.com, a petition and open letter aiming to encourage Congress not to support the House of Representatives’ recent decision to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care.
Here’s why Gabby’s chosen to have Planne Parenthood’s back:
The reality of what Planned Parenthood is doing is trying to increase the number of planned pregnancies and give women the options of planning out their pregnancies by way of contraception.
That is the bulk of what Planned Parenthood is doing.
For a lot of women, the last stop for affordable health care and acceptable health care is Planned Parenthood. It’s the place that a lot of people go to, certainly minorities, because you know it’s the one place where you’re not getting turned away when you’re asking questions about reproductive care.
If we provide more access to quality and affordable contraception, and information, you’re going to see those numbers go down across the board and not just in terms of the African-American community.
For women, and for society at large, we should care that Planned Parenthood’s funding could get cut. If you look at the fact that a good chunk of the women that go to Planned Parenthood receive federal funding anyway and you realize this is where they’re turning to go … if you eliminate Planned Parenthood, think of all the STDs that will be spread, all of the women who won’t be receiving preventative health care in terms of breast cancer, cervical cancer. Think of all the women who wouldn’t get reproductive health and information. Cutting Planned Parenthood’s funding does such a disservice to our already underserved community.
This should be the last place that should be cut.
One in five women will visit a Planned Parenthood at some point in their lifetime. We cannot eliminate the funding. It does not make good sense, it doesn’t make good business sense, it doesn’t make moral sense or health sense.
But it’s not just about supporting a good cause. Gabby’s life has personally been touched by Planned Parenthood too:
For Union, the Planned Parenthood controversy hits a personal note: Her best friend, who lacked health care, was able to receive both screening and treatment for cancer. Even though Union’s friend recently died from the disease, Union contends that Planned Parenthood still gave her friend a fighting chance.
At the age of 32, my girlfriend Kristen Martinez was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She fought incredibly hard for five years but ultimately lost her battle with breast cancer on June 16, 2010.
We knew she wasn’t going to make it this past summer, so I asked her, What’s the one thing that you want young girls to take away, what do you want your legacy to be?
She said just to remind people and women, especially, that you are your own best advocate, and if you don’t put you first, no one else will.
That says a lot more than some janky, attention-whoring, little girl-exploiting billboard, now doesn’t it?