The Republican party wants blood, specifically Planned Parenthood blood, but many of your favorite celebrities have come out in support of the non-profit organization. If you're not up to speed yet, here's what you need to know: This year, in GOP campaigns surrounding presidential primaries, Planned Parenthood has been threatened by Republicans. Some Republican candidates, like Carly Fiorina, have used falsified videos as evidence of malpractice by Planned Parenthood. These videos have been proven to be doctored, and not telling a true story of Planned Parenthood's work. Meanwhile, candidates running on an anti-abortion platform (most GOP candidates) as well as pro-life lobbyists have kicked up a huge stink about Planned Parenthood as well.
As a result of these attacks, the GOP has sought to defund Planned Parenthood, meaning that if they are successful, the government will cut spending to the primary institution where women can easily access either very cheap, or otherwise free, reproductive health care. Yes, this includes abortions, but abortions only account for 3% of Planned Parenthood's work. Planned Parenthood screens for STDs, treats those STDs, does breast exams, pap tests and prescribes valuable birth control to 80% of its patients. In other words, Planned Parenthood does necessary and good work for women who can't afford $500 per visit OBGYNs, which, let's be real, is probably you and I.
But it's not all doom and gloom, because supporters of Planned Parenthood have come out in droves, and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has been leading the resistance with take-no-prisoners fierceness. And some of your favorite celebrities have gotten involved too. Who said being a celebrity was merely self-serving? Here are eight celebs giving back to the community by standing with Planned Parenthood:
1. Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Bank's support for PP on Instagram is pitch perfect.
2. Scarlett Johansson
ScarJo has been a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood, even deisgning a T-shirt with Planned Parenhood's Action Fund last year to raise revenue.
3. Lena Dunham
The Girls creator has also been a soldier for Planned Parenthood, and also designed a T-shirt for them.
4. Kerry Washington
It would be weird if Olivia Pope didn't stand with Planned Parenthood.
5. Laverne Cox
Trans advocate and actress Laverne Cox shows her support for Planned Parenthood publically, and never seems to miss an opportunity to promote the cause.
6. Nick Offerman
Yes, men can stand with Planned Parenthood too!
7. America Ferrera
Considering America is becoming just as well known for her advocacy as her acting, it seems fitting that she'd take up Planned Parenthood's cause.
8. Julianne Moore
Maude Lebowski would approve.