Chelsea Handler Pens Emotional Essay On The 'Right-Wing Political Assault' On Male And Female Rights

The late-night talk show host has opened up about why she's leading the women's march at Sundance and has a piece of advice for Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood.

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What are you doing on Saturday?

Well, other than joining the ELLE team at the Women's March in London or celebrities such as Katy Perry, Amy Schumer and Uzo Aduba at the march in Washington D.C., you can also join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #WhyIMarch or donate to help fund the march in the state capital through its website.

This weekend, there are countless ways to support women across the world and show solidarity for the protection of women's rights, safety, health and families.

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Chelsea Handler, for instance, is leading the march in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Festival and, as a result, has penned an emotional letter about the importance of stopping the 'right-wing political assault' on organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare).

Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian and actress opens up about the need to support women against those who wish to defund health services across the US.

Addressing women and men, Handler points out Planned Parenthood – a not-for-profit organisation that provides sexual health services – doesn't only help women with birth control and abortions (as is commonly mistaken) but educates people on sexual health, screens for cancer, the human papilloma virus (HPV), sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), provides urology and fertility testing, vasectomies and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs).

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She wrote: 'Did you happen to know that Planned Parenthood provides colon, prostate and testicular cancer screenings, vasectomies, male infertility screening and STD testing and treatment to men? Planned Parenthood is for the guys, too.

'America, this isn't 1957; it's 2017,' she added.

The New Jersey-born star went on to discuss the movement, born out of a 'groundswell of passion and conviction rising among women and men'.

'We have an opportunity right now to stand together and use our voices to fight for the very rights women fought for and won years ago,' she highlights.

Referring to Donald Trump as 'Predator-In-Chief', she urges readers to teach the President-elect 'a lesson that he can't do anything he wants, and that he can't trample all over the rights of America's 162 million women and girls'.

And for Republicans who want to repeal laws and defund organizations that care for vulnerable women and men, Handler has this one piece of advice:

'Get your heads away from the nation's bedroom windows, and go get some treatment for your vaginitis at Planned Parenthood.'

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