More than 2.5 million people, and one in five women, across the U.S. rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for preventive care, health services and sex education. But access to these essential services is in serious jeopardy. Just few weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, which included a provision to prohibit people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood.
To show his support for the century old organization, writer/director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers) has created a poignant and jarring 3-minute video called Unlocked. The video follows three women as they go through life changing moments in their lives, and gives us an all too realistic view of what the world would look like if attempts to shut down Planned Parenthood continue.
“If politicians succeed in shutting down Planned Parenthood, millions of people lose access to basic health services. STD testing, birth control, cancer screenings… how can these be at risk?” said Joss Whedon about why he made the film. “Unlocked is about what a world without Planned Parenthood would look like, which is truly dire. For so many, there’s an obvious tipping point between hope and despair. Planned Parenthood is a beacon of hope, and anyone trying to shut it down is committing an act of evil. It’s not just inhumane – it’s inhuman. I just wanted to remind those of us with some humanity still stirring how much is at stake.”
In a press release, Planned Parenthood shares, “If there’s anything we’ve learned from Joss Whedon over the years, it’s this — every single one of us has a hero inside; and it’s our responsibility to use our superpowers to slay.”
If you want to show your support for Planned Parenthood just take a few minutes to watch Unlocked, share using the hashtag #IStandWithPP and then check out these three ways to take action.
Planned Parenthood by the Numbers
- Number of years Planned Parenthood has provided women, men, and young people with the education, information, and services needed to make responsible choices about sex and reproduction: 99
- Percentage of Planned Parenthood health care patients: age 20 and older: 84 with incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level: 75 who receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy: 80
- Estimated number of unintended pregnancies averted by contraceptive services in a year: 579,000
- Estimated number of abortions averted by contraceptive services in a year: 197,000
- Percentage of all health services that are contraceptive services: 31
- Percentage of all health services that are abortion services: 3
- Percentage of all health services that are cancer screening, prevention and other health services: 20
- Percentage of all health services that are STI/STD testing and treatment: 45
- Percentage increase in male clients from 2003 to 2013: 99
- Percentage of annual expenses ($1,237,300,000) spent on client services, education, and research: 82