AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards went to Capitol Hill today to do more damage control ahead of yet another threatened government shutdown.
And she wasn't alone, at least not outside the Capitol nor in spirit.
In addition to those gathered in Washington, D.C., to rally for (or against) the cause, celebs are out in force today on social media, most of them tweeting support for the women's health care organization in the wake of a video that Planned Parenthood critics seized upon as evidence as to why the non-profit service should be stripped of federal funding.
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The video, released by anti-abortion activists, purported to show PP officials conspiring to profit from the sale of aborted fetal tissue—an interpretation perpetuated by Carly Fiorina during the second GOP primary debate a couple weeks ago. Since then, despite her strong performance during the 11-person debate, she's come under heavy fire because the more graphic content seen on the video has not been verified as having anything to do with Planned Parenthood.
Addressing Congress today for the first time since the video popped up in July, Richards called the accusations "outrageous" and a "smear campaign." The voice of the opposition included Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who called the video "barbaric and repulsive."
Planned Parenthood's celebrity support network has included Lena Dunham, Scarlett Johansson and Connie Brittonand here's a sampling of the support PP has received from the celeb (and political-celeb) corner of the twitterverse:
Planned Parenthood helps women have babies. If you were truly pro-life, you wouldn't take prenatal care away from low income women. #think— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) September 29, 2015
That's the most important part of Planned Parenthood. Planning the parenthood. That's what it's for. It helps low income women have babies— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) September 29, 2015
Please remember. Planned Parenthood experts are actual doctors and researchers, not tools funded by extremists to push a false narrative.— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) September 29, 2015
None of Planned Parenthood govt. funding goes toward abortions.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 29, 2015
Each year Planned Parenthood provides 400,000 Pap tests,500,000 breast exams, 4.5 million test & treatments for STDs incl 700,000 HIV tests— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 29, 2015
Whatever your position on abortion, best for us all to know the facts regarding Planned Parenthood— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 29, 2015
I #StandWithPP bc unfettered access to birth control, abortion, Pap tests & cancer screenings are every woman's hard fought-for right.— Elizabeth Perkins (@Elizbethperkins) September 29, 2015
I #StandWithPP b/c it is wrong to let American women's health care be held hostage by religious extremists & political opportunists— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) September 29, 2015
I dont support referring to Planned Parenthood as PP but I DO stand with PP. #IStandWithPP— Jeff Dye (@JeffDye) September 29, 2015