Jamie Lee Curtis at the Colosseum Caesars Palace on April 4, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada (AFP / Valerie Macon)

False headline claims actress urged women to kill babies in home abortions

The headline of an article shared thousands of times on social media claims actress Jamie Lee Curtis urged women to “kill their babies” in home abortions. This is false; she was introducing Planned Parenthood’s new program, “Telehealth,” which does not offer home abortions.

“Jamie Lee Curtis Tells Women to Kill Their Babies in Abortions at Home in New Planned Parenthood Ad,” the headline said, in reference to this video shared by the actress on Twitter.

A screenshot of the Facebook post taken on May 15, 2020

“Maybe in 10 years, we’ll have Daniel Craig guiding us through DIY euthanasia at home,” the article on anti-abortion website LifeNews says. 

Facebook groups shared the article here and here.

At no point in the video does the actress mention abortion or tell women to “kill their babies” at home. Life News corrected the headline on May 21, 2020 after AFP published this fact check.

“I am here today on behalf of Planned Parenthood to tell you about Telehealth... It offers you to log on and make an appointment and, then, have a private one-on-one session with a trained and licensed healthcare professional and talk about your health care needs,” she says in the video. 

There is a link at the bottom of the video to the website of the Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley division of Planned Parenthood. The clinic is “currently only accepting urgent visits” for issues including sexually transmitted infection treatment, emergency contraception, and abortion.

All other visits are conducted via Telehealth with a medical provider, according to the website. 

“While services vary from health center to health center, patients can access services” including birth control, sexually-transmitted infection testing and urinary tract infection screening, Dr. Krishna Upadhya, Senior Medical Advisor at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told AFP via email.

“Some health centers also offer counseling and follow-up for abortion services through Telehealth,” she said. 

Many states in the US require several in-person visits to a clinic to get an abortion. 

And the drug Mifeprex, used together with misoprostol to end an early pregnancy, “may only be dispensed in clinics, medical offices, and hospitals by or under the supervision of a certified healthcare provider,” according to the FDA.

AFP Fact Check has previously debunked a LifeNews claim on Bernie Sanders.

UPDATE: This article was updated on May 21, 2020 after LifeNews agreed to correct the headline.