Sunday 25 September 2016

Jennifer Lawrence praises Planned Parenthood: 'I am a successful woman who has not had a pregnancy'

Published 05/01/2016 | 16:51

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the
Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the "Joy" New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence hugs mother Karen Lawrence after winning the Best Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook" during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence arrives to "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" at Ed Sullivan Theater on December 14, 2015 in New York City.
Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of Joy

Jennifer Lawrence has spoken candidly in support of Planned Parenthood.

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The Oscar-winning actress features on the cover of Glamour magazine and the interview took place in December, the same day as a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, where she discussed her friendship with comedian Amy Schumer.

“Amy’s the most empathetic person I’ve ever met in my life. When she came over this morning, she was crying. She had just…seen the news about the shooting at Planned Parenthood," she told the magazine.

"It’s so awful….It isn’t an attack on abortions; it’s an attack on women. Because Planned Parenthood is so much more [than abortion]. My mom was really religious with me when I was young. She’s not so much anymore. And I wouldn’t have been able to get birth control if it weren’t for Planned P.

Jennifer Lawrence arrives to
Jennifer Lawrence arrives to "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" at Ed Sullivan Theater on December 14, 2015 in New York City.

"I wouldn’t have been able to get condoms and birth control and all these things I needed as a normal teenager who was growing up in a Jesus house.”

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When asked about her own experiences with the women's health clinic, J-Law responded: "Yes, I did. And now [gestures widely] I am a successful woman who has not had a pregnancy....But seriously. What harm comes from supplying people with birth control, condoms, Pap smears, and cancer screenings?"

Lawrence, who is currently promoting her latest film Joy, further elaborated on her previous comments describing the leaking of her private nude photos as a "sex crime".

Actress Jennifer Lawrence hugs mother Karen Lawrence after winning the Best Actress award for
Actress Jennifer Lawrence hugs mother Karen Lawrence after winning the Best Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook" during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“If I was quiet, it would have seemed like I was ashamed," she explained. "And I wasn’t ashamed; I was enraged. Not once have I felt like I ’learned a lesson.’ I didn’t do anything wrong!… Even I’ve defended myself by saying I was in a relationship with a wonderful man for five years. But even if I wasn’t, even if I [just] went on a date with a guy — it doesn’t matter what the situation is. It’s your body. And you can do whatever you want.”

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