“I was appalled by the thought of men taking away women’s ability to make our own personal health care decisions,” the actress says
Scarlett Johansson is speaking out again on behalf of women’s rights in the face of encroaching legal restrictions on healthcare and access to birth control.
The “Avengers” and “Lucy” actress designed a shirt for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the group announced Tuesday, as the first of its “Women are Watching” political campaign ahead of November’s elections. The shirt, which is available for $25 on the organization’s website, reads “Hey Politicians! The 1950s called…” on the front, and on the back says: “They want their sexism back!”
Johansson is just as pointed in the fundraising email that the group will send out on Tuesday afternoon, which TheWrap has obtained.
“When I heard that some politicians were cheering the Supreme Court’s decision to give bosses the right to interfere in our access to birth control, I thought I had woken up in another decade,” she writes in the e-mail. “Like many of my friends, I was appalled by the thought of men taking away women’s ability to make our own personal health care decisions. That’s when I knew I couldn’t sit on the sidelines and why I’m proud to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Women are Watching campaign to ensure that young women know the high stakes for women’s health and rights this November.
“Women are watching, and we will fight for candidates who will ensure that birth control is affordable and who will protect access to safe and legal abortion,” she added. “Women will be the key to the elections this November and it’s more important than ever that young women register to vote and vote for the candidate that will stand up and fight for them.”
Johansson recorded pro-Obamacare messages that were played in Planned Parenthood centers last year, and spoke out for the group when it was facing shutdown in 2011.