Jane Fonda, Jamie Lee Curtis and Other Celebs Will Lead Telethon to Raise Money for Planned Parenthood

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 6, 2017   |   5:49PM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood’s friends are busy preparing for the days when the abortion chain could lose its half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding.

With Republicans in charge of the White House and Congress, Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funding days are likely numbered. Earlier this week, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan promised that they will pass a bill to defund the abortion group.

Planned Parenthood has vowed that it won’t go down “without a fight,” and its celebrity friends are stepping forward to help.

CNN reports a group of celebrities are planning a telethon-style fundraiser for the abortion group on Jan. 20, the same day as the presidential inauguration. Participating celebrities include Jane Fonda, Jamie Lee Curtis, Judd Apatow, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Guest, Tim Robbins and singer Jeff Tweedy, according to the report.

The “Love-a-thon” fundraiser also will raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and Earthjustice. The goal is to raise half a million dollars, according to organizers.

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Here’s more from the report:

Some celebrities, like Fonda and Tweedy, will be featured in pre-recorded segments that will air exclusively during the Love-a-thon.

The idea for a modern telethon came to 23-year-old Alex Godin after election day.

“I woke up like a lot of Americans feeling pretty crappy on November 10,” he told CNNMoney. “I looked for an opportunity to do something.”

Godin, an entrepreneur who sold his company Dispatch to Meetup.com in 2013, assembled a crew to organize the event. The team included Sam Koppelman, a ‎digital content strategist at Hillary for America; Dan Shipper, founder of Firefly which sold to Pegasystems; and Kara Silverman, a tech PR consultant.

The event will be hosted in New York City and feature entertainment ranging from comedic skits to musical acts from across the country. Celebrity emcees are expected, too.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate took the first step in paving the way for a vote on defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation.

The Senate approved on a party-line vote a budget resolution bill. This repeal resolution is the first step in the process to re-direct Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to legitimate health care entities and repeal Obamacare using the budget reconciliation procedure.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to sign a bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

During the campaign, Trump said, “I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”

Planned Parenthood falsely claims that it is essential to women’s health care. In the past several years, the abortion chain has been doing less preventive care – fewer breast exams, cancer screenings, pap smears – and seeing fewer patients, while continuing to maintain consistent abortion numbers, according to its own annual reports.

In addition, a Charlotte Lozier Institute report found that there are 20 community health clinics for every one Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Women also will find that these community health clinics provide more comprehensive health care, compared to the abortion group’s limited services.