Roe vs Wade: Lizzo donates $500k to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights
Following the landmark Roe v Wade decision’s reversal, Lizzo gave $500,000 (£407,650) to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights. The extraordinary gift of $1 million (£815,300) from the “About Damn Time” singer will support the two non-profit organizations that offer crucial reproductive health care and advocacy, respectively. Live Nation has also matched the gift.
The 34-year-old singer announced on Instagram: “I’m pledging $500k from my upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights. Live Nation agreed to match— to make it 1 MILLION dollars.
“Action and strong voices are the most crucial factors. To continue providing services to those who are most negatively impacted by this restriction, @plannedparenthood @abortionfunds, and similar groups will require financing.
It is a tremendous loss, but not a recent one, that historically Black women and women of color have had disproportionately fewer access to family planning options. (sic)”
Additionally, the Grammy winner urged supporters to contribute to and sign the Bans Off My Body petition, which Planned Parenthood described as “a rallying cry for autonomy and equality.”
“Go to lizzolovesyou.com to donate, sign the Bans Off My Body petition, and sign up to volunteer,” Lizzo concluded in her post.
Global indignation has been generated by the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the US’s constitutional right to abortion. Norma McCorvey used the alias “Jane Roe” in the 1973 Roe v. Wade legal dispute.
A Texas law that made abortion illegal except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life was in danger was the subject of a lawsuit brought by a single mother who was three times pregnant and wanted an abortion. She claimed the law violated her constitutional rights.
In a speech from the White House, President of the United States Joe Biden denounced the decision as “un-American,” adding that it was a “sad day for the court and the country” and calling it “wrong, extreme, and out of touch.”