17 Celebrities Slamming Trump’s Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

May 24th, 2018 7:54 PM

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)

2. Singer Pink

3. Jessica Biel (The Illusionist)

4. Téa Leoni‏ (Madam Secretary)

5. Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef)

6. Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why)

7. Selenis Leyva‏ (Orange Is the New Black)

8. Bridget Moynahan ‏(Blue Bloods)

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.