This week the Obama campaign released a video featuring Hollywood actress Elizabeth Banks’ support of Planned Parenthood and President Obama’s reelection.
Take a look:
While I think the video was well done for a number of reasons I also see some problems.
Let’s start with the positives.
First, Banks makes it clear that Planned Parenthood provides women with basic healthcare that they might not get elsewhere.
“We’re talking about working class ladies who need healthcare. That’s it – that’s Planned Parenthood and I don’t know how a lot of communities that could get by without them.”
True. Point for Banks.
Secondly, Banks advocates for Obama’s reelection.
“President Obama has not compromised on women’s rights and that’s why President Obama needs to stay in office.”
Yes. Agreed. Two points for Banks.
Now for the negatives.
“Yes I got birth control but it was for my massive migraine headaches and my heavy flow.”
Let’s be clear about something here. Being on birth control isn’t something women should be ashamed of. While it may be true that Banks went on birth control to help with her migraines and heavy bleeding, there is nothing wrong with a woman deciding to go on birth control to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Women shouldn’t have to make up excuses for the reasons why they decide to go on birth control – it’s for my cramps, my ache, to regulate my period, etc, etc, etc. Some women choose to go on birth control simply to avoid unplanned pregnancies and that’s reason enough.
Secondly, why is it so “controversial” to say the word abortion? While I realize the video was created by the Obama campaign and there were likely stipulations against using the word, it’s still frustrating because by not saying the word “abortion” we are again making women feel ashamed for something that is their right.
“The services they provide…what is? 95% of them don’t involve anything controversial…”
Anything “controversial” as in abortions. Yes, I said it. Planned Parenthood is a place women can go to get birth control, STD tests, pre-cancer screenings, and abortions.
As someone who is unapologetically pro-choice I do not think women should feel ashamed for using birth control or having abortions. A video with a celebrity saying that while advocating for the reelection of a Democratic President would really be something!
What did you think about the video?
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