Amber Heard, Chelsea Handler support Planned Parenthood amid loss of federal funding

Cydney Henderson

Amber Heard, Chelsea Handler and Maggie Gyllenhaal are defending Planned Parenthood against what they call a "direct attack on the equality of women."

Planned Parenthood announced Monday that it was pulling out of a federal family planning program, known as Title X, rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

"Aquaman" star Amber Heard responded to the news on Twitter Tuesday, declaring, "My body. My choice, not yours, Trump." 

She continued: "Health care is under attack like never before. But the one sure thing? Planned Parenthood is here for good. I stand (with) Planned Parenthood, & Planned Parenthood stands (with) you."

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Comedian Chelsea Handler shared similar sentiments, tweeting, "The time to #StandWithPP is NOW. The Trump admin just forced Planned Parenthood out of Title X, even though millions have received birth control and other care through Title X at @ppfa health centers for nearly 50 years."

She urged her followers Tuesday to "tell Congress to #ProtectX."

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Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal shared a graphic on Instagram Tuesday that reads, "I stand with Planned Parenthood." She wrote, "THIS IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE EQUALITY OF WOMEN."

Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood's acting president and CEO, said the organization's nationwide network of health centers would remain open and strive to make up for the loss of federal money. But she predicted that many low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood services would "delay or go without" care.

"We will not be bullied into withholding abortion information from our patients," said McGill Johnson. "Our patients deserve to make their own health care decisions, not to be forced to have Donald Trump or Mike Pence make those decisions for them."

Contributing: USA TODAY's David Crary and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

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