'House's' Lisa Edelstein speaks up for 'Right to Choose'
"My opinion's no more important than anyone else's," says "House's" Lisa Edelstein, who is appearing in a new pro-choice ad for MoveOn. "It's just that I have the ability to have access to more ears when I speak because of my job."
In the 30-second spot, Edelstein -- dressed in 1950s clothing -- walks tentatively down a hallway towards a door as, in a voiceover, she says, "Decades ago, women suffered through horrifying back-alley abortions. Or, they used dangerous methods when they had no other recourse. So when the Republican party launched an all-out assault on women's health, pushing bills to limit access to vital services, we had to ask: Why is the GOP trying to send women back ... to the back alley?"
"The things going on in Congress are so about the fine print," said Edelstein in a Wednesday phone interview. "There are little changes in laws [being proposed], without directly attacking Roe v. Wade, that will make it that much harder to have an abortion."
Edelstein hopes the campaign, which will run through next Wednesday on cable and the Oxygen network, will encourage women to write their members of Congress.
"There was a public outcry in South Dakota, for example," Edelstein said. "In South Dakota they were trying to make it a justifiable homicide to kill anyone that was attempting to kill your unborn child or the unborn child of anybody related to you. Which means if you killed a doctor who performs abortions it would be justifiable. The writers of the law said that wasn't what was intended. But ultimately -- because of public outcry -- they changed the wording of the law to include "self defense."
Edelstein is also troubled by recent attempts to limit funding to Planned Parenthood.
"I believe it's [something like] one in five women that go there for their reproductive health. To take away funding from an organization that is doing so much good is truly frightening."
| February 16, 2011; 2:47 PM ET
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