Elizabeth Banks’s Planned Parenthood Endorsement And ‘Heavy Flow’ Admission The Best Thing You’ll See All Day
1:45 pm, August 8th | by Laura Donovan
It’s annoying to have to remind people that birth control pills are not just for pregnancy prevention, and actress Elizabeth Banks presents this nicely in a new ad for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign:
“Planned Parenthood was my healthcare provider when I didn’t have insurance after graduating from college. Yes I got birth control, but it was for my massive migraine headaches and my heavy flow. Yes, I’m going on the record saying I have a heavy flow. And unfortunately these are the types of things that I don’t want to discuss with employers…So I’m really grateful that [Planned Parenthood exists].”
Banks adds that Planned Parenthood does more good than harm and only provides a small percentage of “controversial services,” concluding, “For that little 5 percent that Mitt Romney decides he doesn’t agree with, he’s going to take away cancer screenings? What is he doing?…We’re talking about working class ladies who need healthcare. That’s it, that’s Planned Parenthood…President Obama has not compromised women’s rights and that’s why he needs to stay in office.”
I’m not exactly the captain of Banks’ fan club, but I appreciate that she continues to tell us that contraception isn’t simply to keep our wombs empty. It keeps our menstrual cycles regular, can protect us from cancer, and frees us from excruciating cramps we’ve been engineered to experience every month.