Elizabeth Banks doesn’t want to talk about her “heavy flow” to employers

She might play conservative Avery Jessup on 30 Rock, but Elizabeth Banks is no believer in taking away women’s health care. The Obama campaign has released this video of her talking about her history with Planned Parenthood, how important it was for her and for so many women, especially working class women. Best line, “Mitt Romney wants to take away cancer screening? What is he doing?”

Watch the whole thing:

(One note: Her explanation for why she is on birth control, while understandable and I’m sure true, seems hesitant. It’s OK to say we use birth control because we don’t want to get pregnant. Less unwanted pregnancies is less abortions–pretty logical to me!)

Transcript after the jump.

Planned Parenthood is something I care very deeply about. Planned Parenthood was my health care provider when I didn’t have health insurance after I graduated college. Yeah, I got birth control—but it was for my massive migraine headaches and my heavy flow. Yeah, I’m on the record saying I have a heavy flow. And unfortunately these are the types of things I don’t want to discuss with my employers. That’s between me and my doctor and at that time my doctor happened to be at Planned Parenthood. I’m really grateful that they exist and provide essential services for women all over the country. The services that they provide, what is it 95% of them don’t involve anything controversial. So for that 5% Mitt Romney wants to take away Cancer screenings? I mean, what is he doing? He’s going to take away people’s access to healthcare closeby? We’re talking about working class ladies that need healthcare. That’s it. That’s Planned Parenthood and I don’t know how a lot of communities can get by with them.

 

President Obama hasn’t compromised on women’s rights and that’s why Obama needs to stay in office.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I love Elizabeth Banks. She is a smart, talented cookie and one of the few female celebrities not concerned about how being seen as a feminist will impact men’s opinion of her or her movies/television shows.

    However, to my knowledge (could be wrong), I think you’re overlooking or are not aware of the fact that she’s tried for over a decade to get pregnant and within the last year or two chose to have a child through a surrogate since it just wasn’t happening. Thus, I don’t think it would have made sense for her to include preventing pregnancy among her reasons because she WASN’T trying to prevent pregnancy; she was trying to GET pregnant but couldn’t.

  2. Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I’m confused as to why she would need to discuss any part of her medical history with her employers, isn’t that what HIPAA protects us from?

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