Late last year, Jennifer Lawrence spoke candidly to the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine — her most recent release, Joy, being one of many topics covered as part of the February 2016 cover story. Here's the trailer:
Yet, never being one to simmer down and keep quiet as debates on crucial issues rage on, alongside this, the actress also got stuck discussing the issue of women's rights.
In particular, Jennifer spoke of the horrific Planned Parenthood shooting last November, which saw a gunman open fire at a clinic in Colorado, killing three people. For decades, the reproductive health organization had been under sustained fire from anti-abortion campaigners.
"It isn't an attack on abortions; it's an attack on women"
Expressing her absolute outrage at the deadly incident, Jennifer revealed she was with her friend, and fellow actress, Amy Schumer as the tragic news broke out, saying:
"[Amy] was crying. She had just… seen the news about the shooting at Planned Parenthood… 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].
While speaking in general terms, the 25-year-old also admitted how the issue at hand actually struck a more personal chord. Stressing how the organization's services were vital for her as a teen growing up in a strict home, she testified:
"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. 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."
In fact, Jennifer has so much respect for the work that Planned Parenthood does, that she somewhat owes her success to it. Admitting how she was thankful that the organization made sure that she had the option of birth control, she said:
"And now, [because I had Planned Parenthood,] 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?"
"It's not smart, business-wise, to be opinionated. But then what's the point in having a voice at all if I'm not going to use it for what I truly believe in?"
This is not the first time that Jennifer has spoken out for women's rights, with her essay on the gender pay gap in Hollywood stirring up a storm last year. Back in October, she wrote in Lena Dunham's 'Lenny Letter,' joining the ranks of women calling out the industry for its unequal treatment of females in the film industry.
These were her hard-hitting words:
I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight,. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.'