Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, revealed this week she has donated $1 million to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, hoping to help the abortion giant fight what she described as “draconian laws” in states like Georgia and Alabama.
“I think this is a very urgent moment where the rights and the choices and the basic health of the most vulnerable women, the women who have been marginalized, often women of color, are at stake,” she told HuffPost. “Planned Parenthood is going to fight back in the courts, in Congress, in the state houses, in the streets, for women’s health and rights.”
Her donation, Sandberg told the left-leaning outlet, is to aid in the effort to ensure “the women with the fewest resources still have access to these services,” referring to abortion, “and I think that is slipping away every day in our country.”
“We all have to do everything we can to protect women,” she added.
Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, thanked the Facebook executive for her “generous support,” commending Sandberg “for her longstanding commitment to Planned Parenthood and her leadership as a role model for women and girls everywhere.”
Sandberg made a similar donation in 2017, according to HuffPost.
The COO’s pricey donation comes weeks after actor and activist Alyssa Milano called on her fellow Hollywood elites to boycott Georgia, known as the “Hollywood of the South,” after Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law a bill outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, usually six weeks into pregnancy.
Asked about her thoughts on the boycott, Sandberg hedged a bit. She told the news site, “I certainly think people should do what they can,” adding she hopes “everyone gets a lot more active.”
This week, film icon Clint Eastwood announced he plans to move forward with production in Georgia of his latest movie, “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” despite Milano’s boycott. The film’s stars — Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, Sam Rockwell, and Ian Gomez — have not yet spoken out about Eastwood’s decision.
Pure Flix CEO Greg Gudorf told Faithwire last month that Georgia is “a great place to film” and made clear the faith-based entertainment company plans to continue producing content in the Peach State.
“Our Pure Flix vision is, quite frankly, to influence culture for Christ through media,” he said. “We state that, we share that with our investors, our employees. It’s in our marketing material. For us to not be [in Georgia] — or to withdraw from being there — certainly is not in line with our company vision.”