Celebrities are bashing the Trump administration for destroying women’s “basic healthcare.” But, at the same time, Hollywood is overlooking who the new birth control decision helps.
On Oct. 6, the Trump administration rolled back the birth control mandate in Obamacare, so that insurers and employers can refuse to include coverage under religious or moral grounds.
The move was a win for many religious people, especially the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns who house and care for the elderly. They originally faced millions of dollars in impossible fines for refusing to comply with the mandate on religious grounds.
But Hollywood saw the decision differently.
Actress Olivia Wilde called the decision “appalling” and likened the Trump administration to a “boot on the necks of all the women who threaten them.”
Like a boot on the necks of all the women who threaten them. Appalling. https://t.co/hOByGGGFkC— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 6, 2017
For her part, Scandal star Kerry Washington brought up gun control. “So it's not a good time to talk about gun control but birth control is fine to regulate?” she asked.
So it's not a good time to talk about gun control but birth control is fine to regulate? #HandsOffMyBC— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) October 6, 2017
Without birth control and abortion, comedian Chelsea Handler asked, “are we supposed to just let men decide?”
So, you don't want us to have access to birth control, and also don't want us to have abortions, so are we supposed to just let men decide?— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 9, 2017
The Twitter account for her Netflix show shared a crude former video contrasting access to Viagra with access to birth control.
Comedian Kate Berlant chanted, “FORCED MOTHERHOOD IS FEMALE ENSLAVEMENT.”
Can't believe we still have to scream this: FORCED MOTHERHOOD IS FEMALE ENSLAVEMENT. BIRTH CONTROL & ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY!— Kate Berlant (@kateberlant) October 8, 2017
Actor James Van Der Beek asked, “So, they’d prefer women get more abortions? Or do they just want them to stop having sex? Or only have gay sex?”
So, they’d prefer women get more abortions? Or do they just want them to stop having sex? Or only have gay sex? How’s this supposed to work? https://t.co/JB1FtzKIWm— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 6, 2017
According to actress Bridget Moynahan, birth control is part of “our basic health care rights.”
Likewise, singer Sara Bareilles called the move on “basic healthcare” “insane.”
Star Trek actor George Takei found the “awful” decision part of Trump’s “mission to undo the progress of the past 8 years.”
Awful. Donald's mission to undo the progress of the past 8 years continues... https://t.co/awhMcyQpIi— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 6, 2017
And actor John Fugelsang tweeted a series of rants from his account, including one aimed at “Anti-Birth Control Christians.”
Dear Anti-Birth Control Christians— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 6, 2017
When God said 'Be fruitful & multiply' there were 2 ppl.
Now 7 bil.
Mission accomplished. #handsoffmyBC
Women have been in the crosshairs of virtually every policy from this admin - but this attack is a new low. https://t.co/B1osAQP7re— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) October 6, 2017