With Election Day just six months away, candidates and voters are speaking out about the issues that matter to them. And for many women, abortion access and reproductive rights are among the most important topics.
In Refinery29/ABC News' Vote Your Values poll, 11% of millennial women listed abortion access as the issue they cared about most this election year. Celebrities are no exception — plenty of A-listers have shared what they believe about politics over the years. Stars like Lena Dunham and Maggie Gyllenhaal, for example, have expressed their support for abortion access. The 2016 presidential candidates also have strong opinions about reproductive rights. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders support access to safe and legal abortion, while Donald Trump has said he is "totally against" the procedure. We've rounded up what some of Hollywood's biggest stars have said about abortion access and reproductive rights. We'll be updating this list with more celebrities' opinions, so be sure to check back as the election season continues.
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"I have two daughters who are in their 20s, and when they are struggling, when they are in crisis, I give them my perspective, I always give them my advice, but I never tell them what they must do, particularly when it’s involving a moral decision. And I wouldn’t dream of telling them what to do in any decision having to do with their bodies,"
the Scandal actor told Refinery29
at the NARAL Pro-Choice America's #MenForChoice party during the Democratic National Convention.
He added, "My girls are plenty smart enough and have a strong enough moral compass to make that decision for themselves… As a man for choice, all I can tell you is that I’m going to remain proud to stand alongside women across this country to fight for their right to make their own choices."
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"As a human being, a mother, and a pregnant lady who loves babies, I am deeply inspired by everyone I met tonight,"
Wilde wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo
from a Physicians for Reproductive Health event in June. "NO MATTER WHAT YOU BELIEVE, here's the thing: Abortion isn't going to stop. People are going to find a way, whether it's safe and legal, or potentially deadly. So let's not let ideology get in the way of evidence. Let's take care of each other and work hard to stop the stripping of our reproductive rights."
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"It may not affect me directly, but the issue of choice affects every woman. And, unfortunately, what happens is the women that are usually the poorest women are the ones that are most affected,"
Walsh told Refinery29
. "If you leave the issue of choice to the states, that's just a dangerous place to be. Because some people are like, 'Oh, we have to drive to whatever, California, or something, to get an abortion.' That is not, that's just not feasible for women that are at poverty level."
"There are countries at war, there's terrorism, global warming, and we're like, 'We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let's take away the availability of women's health initiatives!'…It's nuts,"
Johansson said to Cosmopolitan
earlier this year. "We're talking about preventing cervical and breast cancers. Growing up, I used [PP's] services. All my girlfriends did — not just for birth control, but for Pap smears and breast exams. You read about the rise of back-alley abortions, women having to mutilate themselves, and teenagers having to seek help in unsafe conditions, and for what? We're moving backward when we're supposed to be moving forward."
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"The quest for reproductive care can be lonely, scary, and crushingly expensive," Dunham wrote in an
op-ed for Time in April
. "As someone with a chronic reproductive illness who frequently receives treatment from kind, expert doctors and nurses, I believe all women and girls — even if they aren't on premium cable — deserve that same level of care."
Dunham has also spoken about reproductive rights in the past, expressing her
support for Planned Parenthood
and arguing that women deserve access to reproductive health care.
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"In the States, there's a huge anti-abortion movement that just shocks me," Gyllenhaal
told the U.K.'s Stylist magazine in 2014
. "I believe a woman should have the right to choose whether or not she has a baby. I have two babies, it's no f***ing joke! If you don't want an abortion, fine, but if I want one, that's my right."
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"I've never had an abortion, and I don’t know if I would,"
Silverman told Bill Maher in 2014
. "But it doesn't mean that I wouldn't fight to the death for women to make their own choices for their own human bodies."
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"There was no mistake in us making abortion legal and available on demand. That was what we call progress,"
Ruffalo said at a reproductive rights rally in 2013
. "Just like it was no mistake that we abolished institutional racism in this country around the same time."
In 2014, the Center for Reproductive Rights also
released a video
in which Ruffalo shared the story of his mother's illegal abortion.