Elizabeth Banks Defends Planned Parenthood & Obama

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?

Related from Care2:

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Photo: david_shankbone/flickr


Sandra Streifel
Sandra S5 years ago

@ Sharon R.: This poor woman had no one with her to call for help promptly when she was bleeding too much after her procedure. One reason no one is supposed to be alone after anesthetic for 24 hours is because of the sedating effects' persistence after any procedure, but after anything involving the uterus you have to watch how many pads you use. No medical professionals want to have complications occur for a patient after an abortion or any treatment, but to have a patient die is a tragedy. Having a new mom commit suicide from post-partum depression is a terrible thing, too, but that complication of birth happens rarely (financial or other stresses created by unplanned but loved babies, or giving babies for adoption aggravates PPD), but pregnancy and birth are orders of magnitude riskier than a safe, professional abortion from Planned Parenthood or other good women's clinics.

Women have the right to an abortion, and to all healthcare that they can afford, and now it seems that preventive screening will be available to all women under the ACA.

pam w.
pam w5 years ago

Any and every surgical procedure has a certain risk. Are you making a point of some sort?

Why not do some research on the number of unwanted children who wind up on the streets or in custody? Why not do some research on the number of women who, burdened with too many children, turn to alcohol or other drugs or need anti-depressants medications?

Oh..wait....I somehow doubt that your source (OPERATION RESCUE) would be interested in data like that.

Sharon R.
Sharon R5 years ago

Chicago, IL - A CBS news affiliate in Chicago is reporting that a 24-year old woman died Friday, July 20, 2012, after receiving an abortion from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago, Illinois.

An autopsy conducted Saturday determined that she died from hemorrhage following a Dilation and Evacuation abortion. The D&E abortion method is one employed in pregnancies that have advanced beyond the first trimester. In involves opening the cervix and removing the pre-born baby by dismembering him or her. The Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood advertizes abortions up to 18 weeks.

"Abortion deaths like this are completely avoidable. When a woman bleeds to death after an abortion, it is usually an indication of error on the part of the abortionist coupled with a delay in calling for emergency assistance. Planned Parenthood should be held accountable," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. "Our heartfelt prayers go out to the victim's family at this time of tragic loss."

Web site: www.operationrescue.org

Richard B.
Richard B5 years ago

Leia, wishes work only for Santa Claus. You can be your own Santa and fullfill your own wishes.

pam w.
pam w5 years ago

JT S....your post (10:34 pm--below) made me spit tea ALL over my desk!


Leia P.
Leia P.5 years ago

i wish this was all over

Richard B.
Richard B5 years ago

I seem to notice a universal dislike for Steve R everywhere I go... Coincidence?

Julie D.
Julie D5 years ago

The religious fanatics and right wing propagandists would try to make it seem as if it is just licenteous single women who use birth control. However most married women use it also to maintain control of just how many children they want to have and how often they want to have them. There is nothing wrong with that and also nothing wrong with single women who have decided that it would be irresponsible to have a child for economic or other well founded and legitimate reasons to decide to use birth control to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Birth control prevents the need for abortions, for those prolifers who do not want to allow abortions. Prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? They should be thankful that birth control exists and strongly recommend it if they had any sense. We all know that men are not having sex only for the purpose of procreation and that every time they engage in sex they are not doing it only because they are planning to create another child. Why should it be any different for women? It is ridiculous to have to fight all over again for rights we established 45 years ago.

JT Smith5 years ago

Steve R, with every post you unequivocally prove two things. First, that you are a prime example of the inverse ratio between the volume of the vocal orifice and the capacity of the cerebral cortex. Second, you seem to suffer from one of the most prevalent cases of cranial-rectal inversion of anyone on Care2. Please, see your doctor(s) and try to get these problems corrected before posting any more on here. Thank you.

JT Smith5 years ago

I think you'll find that the main reason the vid avoids the word "abortion" is simply because abortions are not politically correct, and let's face facts this IS a political vid.

Personally, I hate political correctness. The ONLY PC I want to deal with sits on my desk and allows me to access the Net, etc. Political Correctness is nothing more than triumph over diversity.

Nonetheless, given that Obama is seeking re-election, and he is obviously a politician, it should come as zero surprise that vids, etc, supporting him will be infused with political correctness.