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The land of abstinence and unicorns

Lizz Winstead stands up for Planned Parenthood

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Mindy Tucker

So this is comedy with a goal?

There are a couple of goals. One is to raise some dough. The second is to have women start talking about Planned Parenthood in the way that we talk about LensCrafters, you know? Women go there. One in four women have had a relationship with Planned Parenthood, whether getting a breast exam or a cancer screening, a pap smear, or even the dirty word: had to terminate a pregnancy or have an abortion. For women to be able to say, ‘Planned Parenthood has been part of my life. I want to be your advocate so that you can continue to go about the work you do, which is to provide health care for women.’

That’s not what we’re being told these days. ‘Planned Parenthood is going to eat your baby!’ sounds more engaging, especially if you’re in search of a political wedge.

That’s completely right, and the misnomers that are just put out there and laid out there as facts. The fact that people still think tax dollars pay for people to make their own private choice to have an abortion. They still believe that’s true when it isn’t. And I really don’t understand how you even get a seat at the table when you say you want to reduce the number of abortions, and you say that the way to do that is to remove all access to birth control. I mean, I don’t know what world they live in, where there’s unicorns and abstinence, but in this economy preaching abstinence is a joke. The only thing we can afford to do now is have sex.

That magical world of unicorns and abstinence is Florida, Lizz.

Pretty soon, you won’t even be able to exfoliate in Florida.

Have you encountered any protests on this tour?

I have. In Michigan, there were more than 200 protestors; in Frederick, Md., we had about 30. Then in Boston we had a lone scary guy walking back and forth and chanting and sort of being bizarre. And that guy was almost the scariest of all. You know, they’re just screaming. It’s interesting: In Michigan they were holding up signs saying, ‘Abortion’s not funny.’ And it’s like, right. No one is saying it is. I’m doing what I do to raise money. And second of all, then they broke out into a flash mob and blasted “Bohemian Rhapsody” and started dancing. So I’m like, OK, abortion’s not funny, but it’s easy to dance to? I don’t even understand! Their tactics are very suspect. Their assault is very real.

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