Joss Whedon has created a short film that focuses on a world where Planned Parenthood is shut down.
Planned Parenthood is a US organisation that offers a range of medical services, such as birth control options, STD treatment and abortions.
Whedon’s short is spurred on by the US conservative government attempting to enact the American Health Care Act, which would stop funding going to Planned Parenthood.
“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?” Whedon said in a statement.
“Unlocked is about what a world without Planned Parenthood would look like, which is truly dire. I’ve supported Planned Parenthood in the past, but until I worked with them closely on this, I didn’t understand how many services they — and for some, they alone — provide.”
Calling the organisation “a beacon of hope”, he went on to say that “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.”
Sue Dunlap, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, commended Whedon’s work on the short film.
“We’re grateful to Joss Whedon and the entire cast, crew, and production team for standing with the millions of people who rely on Planned Parenthood health centres,” she said.
“Each day, thousands of women, men, and young people call us seeking care. They often reach out to us in their most vulnerable moments, and we are committed to keeping our doors open to them — no matter what,” she said in a statement.
Readers affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans free on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), the Brook Helpline: 0808 802 1234 (brook.org.uk) for free and confidential sexual health advice and services specifically for young people under 25, or the British Pregnancy Advisory Service on 03457 30 40 30 (bpas.org).
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