On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the GOP will move to defund Planned Parenthood as soon as next month. During a news conference on Capitol Hill, he said the non-profit will be part of their reconciliation bill, which aims to dismantle the Affordable Care Act established in 2010. Social media has now begun to grapple with the news, and celebrity reactions to Planned Parenthood are heated.
Since its founding in 1916, the non-profit has served as an important resource for mammograms, pap smears, contraception counseling, and other women's health care. Congressional Republicans have tried for years to defund the organization because it provides abortions, which make up about 3 percent of its services, according to the Planned Parenthood website. However, it's worth noting that the Hyde Amendment bans federal funding for abortion, except in the case of rape, incest, or threat to the woman's life. That means the federal money PP does receive goes toward their many other services (some examples are listed above) instead.
The Washington Post reported Planned Parenthood risks losing 40 percent of its funding should the GOP's bill become a law. Its approval depends on a simple majority, instead of the traditional 60-supermajority in the Senate, because the reconciliation procedure allows the Senate to bypass a filibuster. Stars have argued that Planned Parenthood offers plenty of invaluable resources, and such legislation will greatly restrict health care for those who can't afford it elsewhere. See what they had to say below.
supporting PP does not mean you love the idea of abortion. it means you support women's healthcare and an individuals right to choose— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 5, 2017
paul ryan's pledge to defund PP is something i believe we should all fight against even if we have mixed feelings on abortion— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 5, 2017
i personally believe deeply in a woman's right to choose. but if you don't please consider the amazing work PP does in many areas— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 5, 2017
Despite his personal beliefs, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff asked the opposing side to consider the many services Planned Parenthood provides beyond abortion.
also consider that defunding PP will only hurt the the poor. this is class issue as aremost. people who need support will get the least— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 5, 2017
i'm sensitive to how stressful this issue is for many people. just consider that supporting PP and having issues with abortion is fine— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 5, 2017
And he went on to emphasize how much the organization helps those who truly need health care services.
you'd be protecting many other rights and services for women beyond abortion. PP does so much good and needs to stay open— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 5, 2017
if you are financially and socially comfortable enough to consider defunding PP - please consider keeping it open for those who are not— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 5, 2017
Eliminating ACA & Planned Parenthood overwhelmingly affects elderly, women, minorities & poor. LITERALLY EVERY1 NOT A MILLIONAIRE WHITE MAN— Robin Thede (@robinthede) January 5, 2017
Federal funds do NOT pay for abortions at Planned Parenthood. The $ GOP will take from PP will eliminate HEALTHCARE for women. UGHHHHH— Robin Thede (@robinthede) January 5, 2017
Comedian Robin Thede highlighted the valuable groups who will be most affected.
Grace Parra, a Nightly Show alum, asked opponents to consider a real, personal story.
Casual star Michaela Watkins pointed out the many other issues Planned Parenthood helps tackle.
Patricia Arquette also focused on the other important resources PP provides.
If you're against a woman's right to choose, you're a misogynist. Paul Ryan is a misogynist. Today's GOP is a misogynist party. https://t.co/In3l5NHCIb— rob delaney (@robdelaney) January 5, 2017
Catatrophe's Rob Delaney called it how he saw it.
If you are so inclined, this is an easy way to be heard and help support. https://t.co/W7bxIW6ZxQ— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) January 5, 2017
Mark Duplass encouraged people to take action.
As more celebrity reactions roll in, this post will continually be updated.