The Kardashians are by no measure the most outspoken or political family, but they do take the time to draw awareness to causes that mean the most to them — and this Mother’s Day, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney are using their celebrity to bring awareness to Planned Parenthood, an organization that is precariously close to losing its funding under the current administration.
The three sisters visited a clinic in Los Angeles on Friday, and took to Instagram to talk about their experiences and what they learned.
“My sisters and I visited Planned Parenthood recently and learned that the House of Representatives forced through a bill that strips health care coverage from millions of people and raises health care costs,” Kim wrote in her Instagram caption, “including Planned Parenthood patients. They are such an amazing place that provides so much to so many!”
She is referring to the American Health Care Act, an Obamacare replacement bill, which, should it pass the Senate, would disallow all federal funds to Planned Parenthood, including Medicaid payments. This would “disproportionately affect poor women and families,” Refinery 29 points out.
Khloe spoke about the experience as well, writing: “2.5MM rely on PP for care -birth control, cancer-screenings, STD testing and so much more!”
She is absolutely right — most of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with abortion, and everything to do with reproductive healthcare and family planning. Their services include everything from pap smears and STD tests to HIV services and hormone therapy.
Still, Planned Parenthood is a champion for the right to choose whether to have a family or not, and it’s powerful that the Kardashian sisters are using their prominent platform and millions of followers to support the organization.
Kim publicly backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and has been previously open about her belief in a woman’s right to choose.
Happy Mother’s Day, Kim and Kourtney. Thank you for using your voice.