Music sensation Lizzo is putting her money where her mouth is and donating $1 million in collaboration with Live Nation to support Planned Parenthood. The artist is set to kick off her tour for her upcoming album, “Special,” on September 23 and end it on November 18.
The Supreme Court recently ruled against abortion rights, introducing new restrictions to states who accommodate the act. The decision was a total overturning 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision to protect the choices of pregnant women who want to get an abortion.
Several celebrities, as well as Lizzo, expressed their displeasure concerning the decision. The singer pledged $500,000 from the proceedings of her tour for the cause. She also encouraged her fans to do the same and sign a petition against the ban.
Lizzo And Live Nation Pledged $1 Million
Lizzo and Live Nation recently pledged $1 million to support Abortion Access Groups. This decision was made after the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. According to the singer, $500,000 would be raised through the upcoming tour for her “Special” album, while Life Nation would make up for the rest.
The artist first announced that the money would go to Planned Parenthood and then, while replying to a comment, included Abortion Funds. On Friday, she posted, “I’m pledging $500,000 from my upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights. Live Nation agreed to match to make it $1,000,000.”
Lizzo continued, “The most important thing is action, and loud voices organizations like them will need funding to continue offering services to people who are most harmed by this ban.”
Lizzo Encouraged Her Fans To Donate Money
The “Grrls” artist also told her fans to donate to the cause. She directed them to her Lizzo Loves You website to sign a petition to remove the abortion ban. The website was initially launched to help black organizations in acknowledgment of Juneteenth.
“If you want to help them take action, go to LizzoLovesYou.com to find a way to sign the bans off our bodies petition and also find out ways to volunteer,” she said. “This is just the beginning of the action that I hope to take to help people have safe planning for families and own their own bodies.”
Besides Live Nation, several other music companies like CAA, Sony Music, the Walt Disney Company, Tidal, WME, Warner Music, UTA, and a number of others have pledged to aid people to access necessary healthcare.
According to the companies, they would reimburse reproductive healthcare services and other initiatives. Via an internal memo, Warner announced that it would support the Center for Reproductive Rights and match employee donations to the organization.
Other Celebrities’ Reactions
Besides Lizzo, a number of other celebrities have made their stance on the entire issue known. At the Glastonbury Festival held in England on Friday, Phoebe Bridgers led the massive crowd to chant “F–k the Supreme Court” in opposition to the ban.
Taylor Swift also had something to say about the situation. The popular artist took to Twitter to comment on Michelle Obama‘s post concerning the issue. She commented, “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are, that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”
Billie Eilish also said, “Today is a really, really dark day for women in the US. I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”
President Biden Was Asked To Address The Ruling
Following the Supreme Court’s verdict on abortion, several mayors across the US have started speaking out against the decision and made it known that their cities were safe-havens. Via USA TODAY, an open letter by the lawmakers asked President Joe Biden “to use any and all executive authorities to address the public health crisis our nation will face if Roe v Wade is dismantled.”
The President then addressed the country and promised that he would use all their appropriate powers to ensure that Americans had the right to travel across the state lines to access legal abortions. His administration would also work to provide access to contraception as well as FDA-approved abortion medications.
While addressing the country, he said, “This decision must not be the final word. My administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers, but Congress must act. With your vote, you can act; you can have the final word. This is not over.”