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“Hunger Games” Star Talks 'Heavy Flow' in Pro-Obama Ad

Dominique Charriau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks may not want to talk to her employer about her intimate women's health issues, but she candidly lays them out for Obama supporters in the president's latest campaign ad.

Banks, who most recently played Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, admits she got birth control from Planned Parenthood as an uninsured recent college graduate "for my massive migraine headaches and my heavy flow."

"These aren't the types of things I want to discuss with employers," Banks said, weighing in on the debate between Republicans and Democrats over Planned Parenthood funding. "That's between me and my doctor and at the time my doctor happened to be at Planned Parenthood. So I'm really grateful they exist."

Banks said she is supporting Obama because he has "not compromised on women's rights," while his GOP rival Mitt Romney wants to cut funding to Planned Parenthood over the small percentage of the health care provider's business that goes to providing abortions.

"For that little 5 percent that Mitt Romney decides he doesn't agree with he's going to take away cancer screenings? What is he doing?" Banks says in the ad. "He's going to take away people's access to health care close by."

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Chelsea Handler Reveals She Had an Abortion, Rips '16 and Pregnant'

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chelsea Handler is best known for pulling out all the stops when it comes to her comedy -- and when it comes to revealing details about her personal life.  She tells The New York Times, “I had an abortion when I was 16 because that’s what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid.”

The abortion decision didn’t come lightly for Handler, who also says she's aggravated by the fact that pregnant teens nowadays are being praised with spots on shows like MTV’s 16 and Pregnant. Handler tells The New York Times, “Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you’re a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody.”  She added, “We’re seeking out such grossness in human behavior and want such mindless entertainment. We need to be focusing on other things.”

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MTV Airing Teen Abortion Special, 'No Easy Decision'

Photo Courtesy - MTV World Stage logo. (PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International)(NEW YORK) -- On the heels of its successful reality shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, MTV will present another side of teen pregnancy in a special on abortion.

No Easy Decision, a 30-minute program airing Dec. 28 at 11:30 p.m., will follow former 16 and Pregnant star Markai Durham as she wrestles with whether to have an abortion after becoming pregnant a second time.

Dr. Drew Pinsky will also talk with two other teens who have dealt with abortion.

As 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom became hits and the young women featured on them became stars, some have criticized MTV for not including stories like those of the 27 percent of pregnant teens who choose to end their pregnancies.

"It just struck me as odd that MTV was taking such care to present this issue responsibly, that it seemed like a glaring gap not talking about abortion," said feminist blogger Jessica Valenti, author of The Purity Myth, in an interview with "Nearly a third of teen pregnancies end in abortion. They should be represented."

It seems MTV agrees. "It's important we cover every aspect of this issue," the cable network said in a press release, "including focusing on prevention by encouraging widespread use of contraception and making sure young people are aware of the consequences of unprotected sex."

Though MTV has taken an unglamorous approach to teen pregnancy, the young women on its shows have shown up regularly on magazine covers. But the reality is that most teen moms drop out of school and struggle financially.

"I'm looking forward to seeing young, smart women talking about their abortions and how their lives are better because of it -- like they were able to go to college," Valenti said. The special, like the subject, is sure to be controversial, but Valenti said that's no reason to avoid it. "I think too often abortion is so stigmatized," she said. "The fact is this is a legal procedure." "It's something we should be constantly talking about, because it's constantly happening," she said.

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