X-Men: Dark Phoenix actress Jessica Chastain took to Twitter to celebrate Independence Day by sharing a photo of herself flicking the camera with both hands.
Chastain wrote on Twitter: “Happy Independence Day from me and my reproductive rights.”
Chastain previously shared an excerpt from a speech she gave in 2017 at Variety’s Power of Women conference sponsored by Planned Parenthood where she said, “We need Planned Parenthood.”
In the video shared to her Twitter account on June 25, she says, “We need Planned Parenthood. As the daughter of a single mother in a low income household, I am indebted to the organization.
She continued, “Growing up, they made it financially possible and accessible for me to educate myself and make decisions about my health and my future. Planned Parenthood is an amazing organization that gives women the opportunity – equal opportunity to their male counterparts to have jurisdiction over their life, body and health. And the knowledge to make the necessary personal choices.
“It’s crucial to fight for this, and I believe we can and we will win. Why? Because women are strong. We are powerful, formidable. We are a force to be reckoned with. Women are half the population and we are not going anywhere.
The importance of personal autonomy, self-ownership and self-determination of human beings over their own bodies was eviscerated yesterday. @PPFA has been one of our greatest allies in pursuing this fight. pic.twitter.com/fLnlUgiqRZ
—Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) June 25, 2022
She followed that up by writing, “Time for the men to really show up. You’re not an ally if you wait for the women in your life to tell you to fight for their rights.
In an interview published in Porter Magazine on June 27, Chastain also commented on the Roe v Wade reversal, telling the outlet, “I think we need to remember what history was like for women, because it’s as it has been forgotten. »
She added: “In a way, we took this idea for granted, [of] being able to live a life without violence and someone else making decisions about your well-being, your safety… This idea of reminding us what it’s like when a group loses its rights – it’s an effect of ‘coaching. It affects everyone, and so I think the stories I start watching will have to deal with that.
The Supreme Court indeed overturned Roe v Wade with a majority opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. In his view, Alito said, “The constitution does not confer the right to abortion; Roe and Casey are canceled; and the power to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.
He would later explain: “Guided by history and tradition that trace the essential components of the national concept of ordered liberty, the Court concludes that the Fourteenth Amendment clearly does not protect the right to abortion.
As for Chastain’s praise for Planned Parenthood, the organization was founded by Margaret Sanger and they now claim to condemn her belief in eugenics as an “inherently racist and ableist ideology that has branded some people unfit to have children”.
“Eugenics is the theory that society can be improved through the planned breeding of ‘desirable traits’ like intelligence and diligence,” the organization states.
He further notes that “Sanger attempted to make the case for eugenics that was not applied on the basis of race or religion. But in a society based on belief in white supremacy, physical and mental fitness are still judged by race.
Planned Parenthood goes on to state, “Sanger was so focused on her mission to advocate for birth control that she chose to align herself with ideas and organizations that were ableist and white supremacist. In 1926, she addressed the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) at a rally in New Jersey to promote birth control methods. Sanger endorsed the 1927 Buck v. Bell, in which the Supreme Court ruled that states could forcibly sterilize people deemed “unfit” without their consent and sometimes without their knowledge.
What do you think of Chastain’s Independence Day message?