By D. C. Thursday August 22 2019
“Variety has decided to make a donation to Planned Parenthood in lieu of hosting this year’s annual Emmy Awards nominees party in partnership with Women In Film,” Variety announced (link) in an article on Wednesday.
Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller and chief revenue officer Michelle Sobrino-Stearns said the magazine proudly stands with the abortion giant as they fight for women’s rights in the entertainment industry.
The pair said in a press release:
“Variety continues to advocate for women’s rights, including issues of healthcare and gender disparity in the entertainment industry, and we stand with Planned Parenthood and our longstanding partnership with Women In Film.”
Variety based its decision on Planned Parenthood’s recent announcement that says:
“The Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today it will officially withdraw from the Title X program — costing it $60 million in taxpayer funds because it refuses to follow a new Trump administration rule that requires it to segment out its abortion business from legitimate health care if it wants federal funding under the program.”
Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson denounced the Trump administration’s Title X rule as “unethical and dangerous” while vowing to fight it in court:
“Today, we are announcing that due to an unethical and dangerous gag rule, the Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X—the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.”
In response to Variety forgoing its annual Emmy party in service of Planned Parenthood, Caren Spruch, director of arts and entertainment engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, praised the magazine for its “unwavering support.”
“We are so grateful to Variety for its unwavering support of Planned Parenthood and commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights.”