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EXCLUSIVE: Tracee Ellis Ross Praises Planned Parenthood's 'Needed, Important and Wonderful Work'

by Zach Seemayer 10:34 PM PST, January 12, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Tracee Ellis Ross Praises Planned Parenthood's 'Needed, Important and Wonderful Work'

Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross wants to spread awareness about the "important" efforts of Planned Parenthood.

The actress stopped to talk with ET's Carly Steel on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, where she praised the organization for the essential services they provide to those in need of medical care.

At the Golden Globes, ET collaborated with Moet & Chandon for Toast for a Cause, where celebs toasted the charity of their choice and Moet generously donated $1,000 to organizations picked by the stars. For Ross, the choice was clear.

"I would like to toast to Planned Parenthood [and] their needed, important and wonderful work," Ross said. "May it continue to be supported and continue to do the work that it does."

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Ross went on to elaborate on why she felt so passionate about the cause, explaining, "I believe that every women, and everyone, should have access to health care that keeps them safe [and] that there should be a place where they feel safe enough to ask the questions that they have."

"People should continue to get screened in the way that they need to for pap smears and mammograms," Ross continued. "Not everybody has access to that health care and Planned Parenthood is one of the places where women especially are supported in that way and I will do everything in my power to continue to support them as an organization."

Insecure creator and star Issa Rae also chose to raise a glass in support of Planned Parenthood, explaining that the organization is "necessary."

"They've done so much for our community, for women, for everybody," Rae said. "When I had questions in my adolescence, in my teenage years, when I had scares and issues, Planned Parenthood was the safest place to go."

Jessica Chastain also chose to toast Planned Parenthood on the Golden Globes red carpet, "because I believe every woman is entitled to healthcare."

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Caren Spruch, Director of Arts and Entertainment Engagement at Planned Parenthood, released a statement to ET after the Golden Globes expressing the organization's gratitude for the support from Ross and other stars: "We're proud to have her in our corner."

"We're incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received following the election," Spruch shared. "We know that so many people stand with Planned Parenthood-- including artists and entertainers-- because they and their loved ones have relied on us for health care."

"Extreme politicians want to defund and shut down Planned Parenthood, which would deny millions of people access to the cancer screenings, birth control, STD and HIV testing and treatment, and other care they rely on. If these politicians succeed, it will be a national health disaster and devastate care. Millions of people -- nearly half of whom are people of color, and many people who live in rural areas -- would lose the care they rely on each year. Those hurt the most would be those struggling to get by and also those who already face barriers to accessing health care -- especially people of color, people with low incomes, as well as people who live in rural areas. Without Planned Parenthood, many of our patients would have nowhere else to go for care," the statement continued.

"Planned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we’re not backing down now," Spruch said, adding that "millions" of Planned Parenthood's supporters are "mobilizing to protect Planned Parenthood and access to reproductive health and rights and will fight like hell to ensure that people can continue to get the care they need."

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