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
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)
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) May 24, 2018
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)
— Selenis Leyva (@selenis_leyva) May 23, 2018
8. Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods)
— Bridget Moynahan (@bridgetmoynahan) May 22, 2018
9. Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie)
— Melissa Gilbert (@MEGBusfield) May 23, 2018
10. Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
— Tatiana Maslany (@tatianamaslany) May 24, 2018
11. Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid)
— Zoe Lister-Jones (@ZoeListerJones) May 23, 2018
12. Alison Wright (The Accountant)
— Alison Wright (@alison__wright) May 23, 2018
13. Kerry O’Malley (Annabelle: Creation)
— Kerry O’Malley (@TheKerryOMalley) May 23, 2018
14. Ally Walker (Universal Soldier)
— Ally Walker (@allywalker1) May 20, 2018
15. Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce)
— Lisa Edelstein (@LisaEdelstein) May 19, 2018
16. Genevieve Hannelius (Roots)
— Genevieve Hannelius (@G_Hannelius) May 18, 2018
17. Sarah Wine-Thyre (Strangers with Candy)
— Sarah Wine-Thyre 🇺🇸 (@SarahThyre) May 18, 2018
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.