Scarlett Johansson made an emotional speech during the women’s march in Washington D.C. on January 21 as she expressed her concerns about women’s health issues.
Johansson, 32, started her serious speech by recalling a story from her younger years. “‘Have you been to the gynecologist yet?’ That was the question my mum asked me at 15 when I informed her about a change that I noticed in my body,” she said. “I’m not the type to divulge facts about my personal life, but I feel that in the face of this current political climate, it is vital that we all make it our mission to get really, really personal. So, yes, at 15, I had been to a gynecologist.”
“I was living in New York City and had visited a Planned Parenthood there,” she continued. “It was actually my clinician at Planned Parenthood who suggested I speak with my pediatrician if I was seeking a referral. She was compassionate and professional and told me she was happy to treat me for regular checkups, and when the time came, for STD and cancer screenings. No judgment. No questions asked. Planned Parenthood provided a safe place where I could be treated with gentle guidance.”
The Avengers actress then made a public plea to the newly elected President. “President Trump, I did not vote for you,” she said as the crowd cheered. ” That said, I respect that you are our president-elect and I want to be able to support you. But first I ask that you support me, support my sister, support my mother.
“Support my daughter who may actually, as a result of the appointments you have made, grow up in a country that is moving backwards, not forwards, and who may potentially not have the right to make choices for her body and her future that your daughter Ivanka has been privileged to have.”
The Women’s March on Washington included a number of A-list celebrity appearances, including Ashley Judd, Amy Schumer, Alicia Keys, and America Ferrera.
See Johansson's speech below.
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