Scarlett Johansson: Abortion Is ‘a Human Rights Issue’

By Melanie Arter | October 18, 2016 | 12:16pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of "The Avengers" in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo)

( - In a speech at Variety’s 2016 Power of Women L.A. luncheon last week, actress Scarlett Johansson said abortion is now longer “a woman’s rights issue” but “a human rights issue.”

“As most of you know, Planned Parenthood has been under attack for many years now for another service they thankfully offer, providing a safe place for legal abortions, should it be the case. A woman’s right to choose what to do with her body shouldn’t just be a woman’s rights issue. It’s the year 2016, and this is a human rights issue,” she said.


Johansson was honored for her work with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. She praised Planned Parenthood for providing “a safe and healthy environment for women to make some of these most important decisions she will ever face in her life.”

“I’m not just talking about exercising her right to choose. I’m talking about making choices for her body and her family – choices regarding birth control options, breast exams, and of course cancer screenings,” Johansson said.

“A woman’s right to choose is a deeply personal one and should not be a part of anyone’s political platform. It has nothing to do with politics in the slightest. It is about honoring and respecting women and about upholding the law,” she said.

Johansson said it was time “that we all pay it forward” and “stand with Planned Parenthood for our sisters, our mothers, for our friends, and for our daughters.”

Johansson said the abortion issue should be “taken off the ballot.”

“It is time we all stand united so this conversation is taken off the ballot so to speak and out of the mouths of politicians, remaining a private and personal one between a woman and her partner, her doctor and herself,” she said.

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