Lizzo is taking action after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade.
On June 24, the “Grrls” rapper announced that she has partnered with Live Nation to donate a total of one million dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion funds in the wake of the court’s distressing attack on body autonomy and human rights. In a TikTok video announcing her pledge, Lizzo revealed that she will personally be donating $500,000 to various organizations while the entertainment company agreed to match that amount.
“I’m pledging $500K from my tour to Planned Parenthood and abortion funds,” she said in her video. “I just got off the phone with Live Nation and they agreed to match my pledge, therefore making it a million dollars for Planned Parenthood and abortion funds. 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. This is just the beginning of the action that I hope to take to help people have safe planning for families and own their bodies.”
As Lizzo said in her post, donating is just one way to take action. While the Supreme Court undoes 50 years of reproductive rights, mayors across the United States are speaking out against SCOTUS and offering their cities as safe-havens. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are flooding the streets to condemn the decision.
Hours before Roe v. Wade was overturned, 20 Black congresswomen urged President Joe Biden to declare a national public health crisis regarding abortion rights and reproductive justice. In an open letter published in USA Today, the lawmakers asked Biden “to use any and all executive authorities to address the public health crisis our nation will face if Roe v. Wade is dismantled.”
Later in the day, Biden addressed the country and promised that his administration “will use all of its appropriate lawful powers” to protect Americans’ right to travel across state lines for access to legal abortions as well as work to protect access to contraception and FDA-approved abortion medications. However, Biden emphasized that it’s up to Congress to restore abortion rights as federal law.
“This decision must not be the final word. My administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers, but Congress must act,” Biden said. “With your vote, you can act, you can have the final word. This is not over.”
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