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Scarlett Johansson Easily Explains Why We Should Support Planned Parenthood

"We’re moving backward when we’re supposed to be moving forward."
Cast member Scarlett Johansson poses at the premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in Hollywood, California April 13, 2015.
Cast member Scarlett Johansson poses at the premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in Hollywood, California April 13, 2015.

Scarlett Johansson is Cosmopolitan's May cover star and she doesn't hold back one bit in her open and honest interview. 

The "Captain America: Civil War" actress devotes most of her time and talking points to two issues that are important to women everywhere: the funding for Planned Parenthood and the battle for equal pay. 

"There are countries at war, there’s terrorism, global warming, and we’re like, ‘We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood,'" Johansson said, referencing GOP candidates that want to defund the reproductive health services organization. "Let’s take away the availability of women’s health initiatives!'... It's nuts." 

The 31-year-old actress explained that Planned Parenthood is used to help detect and prevent cervical and breast cancers and talked about the ways in which the nonprofit organization helped her growing up.

"Growing up, I used [PP's] services. All my girlfriends did -- not just for birth control, but for Pap smears and breast exams." Johansson said, adding "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." 

Amen to that. 

ScarJo: Standing up for women everywhere. 
ScarJo: Standing up for women everywhere. 

Johansson also carefully voiced her support for equal pay, a topic many actresses in Hollywood have spoken up about after Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay devoted to sexism and wage gap in the industry.

"I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage," Johansson said. "I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I'm addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It's part of a larger conversation about feminism in general."

To read more of Johansson's interview with Cosmopolitan head here and look for a copy of the magazine on newsstands April 12. 

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