Hollywood is rallying for the abortion industry once again – and this time it concerns taxpayer funding.
On Tuesday night, President Trump announced a proposal at the Susan B. Anthony List gala that would prohibit Title X federal funding from organizations that provide or promote abortion. In reaction to the proposal, several celebrities, like Jane Fonda and Jessica Biel, expressed fury that abortion giant Planned Parenthood might lose funding and tweeted out “#NoGagRule.”
The Hyde Amendment generally bars federal funding (aka taxpayer funding) for abortion, but pro-life politicians note that money is fungible. The argument that Planned Parenthood could offset costs with public funds to free up other resources for abortion, is a point made by pro-life groups.
While abortion supporters refer to the move as a “gag rule,” the White House disagrees, according to The Washington Post. That’s likely because, as Fox News reported, counselling on abortion is still permitted.
But that didn’t stop 17 actresses and singers from chiming in, with Jane Fonda declaring the president “has no right to make decisions about your body” and Téa Leoni saying “enough is enough.” Many of the tweets featured similar wording – suggesting that they weren’t typed by the celebrities themselves.
1. Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)
BREAKING: .@RealDonaldTrump just announced a gag rule that would prohibit doctors from referring patients for abortion and block patients from care at PP.— Jane Seymour Fonda (@Janefonda) May 23, 2018
Tweet at him now and tell him: he has no right to make decisions about your body. #NoGagRule #IStandWithPP
2. Singer Pink
Title X gives women access to contraception and more control over their lives, health, careers & economic security — and a gag rule takes that care away. #NoGagRule— P!nk (@Pink) May 23, 2018
3. Jessica Biel (The Illusionist)
Title X gives women access to birth control and therefore more control over their lives, health, careers and economic security. A gag rule takes that away. #NoGagRule @PPact RT pic.twitter.com/JjHkLQI7cC— Jessica Biel (@JessicaBiel) May 24, 2018
4. Téa Leoni (Madam Secretary)
Under the administration’s gag rule, people who access care through Title X—mostly the uninsured, low income, or people of color—wouldn’t be able to get info about all their options, including abortions. Enough is enough. #IStandWithPP to say #NoGagRule. https://t.co/hWRLx6mfIZ— Téa Leoni (@TeaLeoni) May 24, 2018
5. Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef)
6. Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why)
Title X gives women access to contraception and more control over their lives, health, careers, & economic security — and a gag rule takes that care away. #NoGagRule— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) May 23, 2018
7. Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black)
8. Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods)
.@RealDonaldTrump announced a gag rule that would prohibit doctors from referring patients for abortion and block patients from care at @PPact.— Bridget Moynahan (@bridgetmoynahan) May 22, 2018
Let him know he has no right to make decisions about your body. #NoGagRule #IStandWithPP
9. Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie)
10. Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
11. Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid)
12. Alison Wright (The Accountant)
13. Kerry O'Malley (Annabelle: Creation)
14. Ally Walker (Universal Soldier)
15. Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce)
16. Genevieve Hannelius (Roots)
17. Sarah Wine-Thyre (Strangers with Candy)
According to Planned Parenthood’s most recently published annual report, the organization performed 321,384 abortions and received $543.7 million in “government health services, reimbursements & grants” for the year 2016-2017.