On October 16, Planned Parenthood will turn 100 years old. For a century, the reproductive health organization has offered affordable care and sex education to millions of people, including Latinxs, who make up 22 percent of the group’s patients each year.
Whether it’s through the organization’s promotores de salud program, which brings bilingual education into our homes, or by keeping its doors open to everyone, including those who are undocumented, Planned Parenthood has shown that it stands with Latinxs, so it’s no surprise that we stand behind their work as well.
Ahead, 14 Latina celebs that support Planned Parenthood.
1. Gina Rodriguez
Last year, Gina Rodriguez received Planned Parenthood’s Entertainment Excellence Awards, then called the Maggie Award for Entertainment, for her work on Jane the Virgin.
“We’re so thrilled and honored to be accepting the Maggie Award for television on behalf of Jane the Virgin and the cast and the crew,” the puertorriqueña said. “As an artist, I feel very lucky to be part of a project that discusses social issues, that discusses women’s rights, reproductive rights and is not afraid to open up conversations in a nonjudgmental way.”
4. Dolores Huerta
Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta includes Planned Parenthood among the many organizations and issues she champions. Last year, the Chicana wrote an op-ed criticizing those who started the smear campaign against the reproductive rights group and was later the guest of honor at an annual Planned Parenthood South Texas luncheon.
5. Alexis Bledel
6. Selenis Leyva
Orange is the New Black star Selenis Leyva designed a t-shirt in support of Planned Parenthood in 2014. “It’s hard to believe that there are still politicians trying to take away our access to birth control. This is not a controversial issue for women and it should be a rallying call for young women to get out the vote on November 4th in support of candidates that will stand up and fight for them. We need to make our voices heard and send a message loud and clear that we refuse to let politicians take us back,” the Cuban-Dominican actress said.
7. Joanna Garcia
JoAnna Garcia is a proponent of Planned Parenthood’s work around sex education. "I'm thrilled that Planned Parenthood launched a Latino Outreach Initiative to decrease the high rates of HIV and STDs that impact Latinos," she said at an affiliate event. The part-Cuban, part-Spanish actress also filmed a Get Yourself Tested PSA for the organization and accepted a Maggie Award on behalf of her show Privileged, which discussed safer sex and the HPV vaccine in one of its episodes, in 2009.
8. Judy Reyes
Dominicana Judy Reyes attended Planned Parenthood’s 2007 gala and also hosted one of the group’s events.
9. Isabel Allende
Chilean-American writer Isabel Allende once said, “Reproductive rights are human rights. They are essential if every woman is to realize her full potential and participate as an equal partner in her family and community. As opponents of reproductive freedom redouble their efforts to deny women control over their own bodies, the work of the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood becomes all the more imperative.”
10. Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno isn’t just a supporter of Planned Parenthood; the Puerto Rican super star is a longtime member of its Board of Advocates.
11. Rosie Perez
Boricua actress Rosie Perez once brought her fierce activism to a Planned Parenthood event in Santa Barbara, Calif.
12. Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Part-cubana Jamie-Lynn Sigler wears her Planned Parenthood support on her sleeve. The actress was once photographed in Glamour magazine sporting a PP shirt.
13. Lupe Ontiveros
At the opening of a new health center in Las Vegas, the late Mexican actress Lupe Ontiveros discussed the importance of organizations like Planned Parenthood.
14. Luisa Leschin
Luisa Leschin, the producer and writer of the George Lopez show, won a Planned Parenthood Maggie Award, attended organization events and was even on a panel discussing how she navigated sex conversations with her Guatemalan family.
(Image of Aurabela "Belita" Moreno, who played Benny Lopez on the George Lopez show)