To say that Lena Dunham is obsessed with abortion and Planned Parenthood may be an understatement. Just last month, Dunham created controversy when she said, “I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.” Well, since Dunham can’t seem to go too long without mentioning that with which she has a love affair with, the Girls actress is now trending for her video in appreciation of Planned Parenthood.
The NowThis video includes participation from Dunham, J.J. Abrams, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Tessa Thompson, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, and America Ferrera. It props Planned Parenthood by using euphemisms like “safe and affordable reproductive care.” Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, has her story featured in the video, portrayed as a compassionate nurse who felt compelled to assist women with contraception so that they could avoid pregnancy. Also included is this quote which is meant to be inspiring: “no woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.”
In the 1950s, the hormonal birth control was developed, which the video dubs “no big deal. It’s only been called the most important scientific advance of the 20th century.”
The video also tries to discredit the Hyde Amendment, which protects taxpayers who do not want their hard-earned money going toward abortions. Democrats made the Hyde Amendment a big point of the 2016 presidential campaign in their party platform, but as we all know, liberals and their support for taxpayer funded abortions lost.
Women who lost their lives due to unsafe, illegal abortions are mentioned. They seem to have forgotten about the women who were injured or killed from legal, so-called “safe” abortions, at Planned Parenthood, though.
The video closes with a message from Planned Parenthood CEO and President, Cecile Richards, who has a message for viewers to stand with her organization.
If this is all one knows of Sanger and the organization, one might be tempted to find inspiration and hope. But that’s not the whole story. The video tries to justify Sanger’s involvement in eugenics, and says that “racism and ableism do not have a place at Planned Parenthood and sure as hell don’t represent the organization’s commitment to equality.” Such an ironic statement is almost laughable coming from a company that regularly engages in abortion, the number one killer of African-Americans, and even today accepts racist donations.
The video picked the best quote to include on Sanger, but there are plenty more unflattering ones attributed to her. She may have helped poor women looking to avoid having too many children, but she also saw birth control as “nothing more or less than … weeding out the unfit.” She often spoke about poor people and African-Americans in less than flattering terms. “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” She also referred to particular populations “a dead waste of human space” and “human beings who never should have been born at all.”
The video claims to be a celebration of 100 years of Planned Parenthood, but it is no doubt created as a way to sway Congress to not defund it. Health care will not disappear if Planned Parenthood is defunded. The money will be instead sent to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1. They perform the same services, without the controversial service of abortion.
This isn’t the only celebrity effort benefiting Planned Parenthood. It is no secret that many of them don’t like Donald J. Trump, either. They keep reminding us with silly videos, when we already know how they feel and quite frankly do not care.