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Jennifer Lawrence, Who Grew Up in a 'Jesus Home,' Praises Planned Parenthood in New Glamour Interview


In a recent in-depth interview with Glamour magazine, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, star of the "Hunger Games" movie franchise and the newly released film "Joy," answered questions from Editor in Chief Cindi Leive on everything from her success to her recent collaboration with comedian Amy Schumer to her tripping problem to her widely popular essay on equal pay in Hollywood.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence (Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)

Lawrence, who is often admired for her candid humor and disdain for political correctness, even ventured into sharing her thoughts on Planned Parenthood.

When describing actress and comedian Amy Schumer, with whom she recently drafted a movie script, Lawrence recounted how upset Schumer was when she heard about the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado, calling her “the most empathetic person I’ve ever met in my life.”

“It isn’t an attack on abortions; it’s an attack on women,” Lawrence said of the November tragedy. “Because Planned Parenthood is so much more [than abortion].”

Discussing her upbringing, Lawrence, who grew up in a Christian home, said that she would not have been able to get birth control if it weren’t for Planned Parenthood. Now 25, the actress described her mother as “really religious” when she was young but not so much now that her daughter is all grown up.

“I wouldn’t have been able to get condoms and birth control and all these things I needed as a normal teenager who was growing up in a Jesus house,” she explained.

“But seriously,” she added. “What harm comes from supplying people with birth control, condoms, Pap smears and cancer screenings?”

Leive asked Lawrence if she had gone to Planned Parenthood for the things she mentioned. Lawrence said that she had and that “now I am a successful woman who has not had a pregnancy.”

“I keep going back and forth on being opinionated,” Lawrence said. “I completely agree when there are actors who say, ‘Actors should stay out of politics. We’re not politicians.’”

She admitted that “it’s not smart, businesswise, to be opinionated,” but, she mused, “what’s the point in having a voice at all if I’m not going to use it for what I truly believe in?”

“I’m just a girl, sitting in front of the world and asking them to forgive her for speaking,” Lawrence said.

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