Ariana Grande, 25, may be a pop princess, habitual heart breaker and sometimes too fond of Black culture, but she ain’t no hoe.
In the wake of Georgia passing it’s ‘Heartbeat‘ bill in May, which is one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bills, the “7 Rings” artist donated the proceeds of her Atlanta concert to Planned Parenthood after her sold-out June 8th show, showing solidarity for the women of Georgia and standing up to the lawmakers all in one gesture.
According to TMZ, the org will get $300,000, which will help resource the many facilities these clinics offer even beyond abortion.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Georgia’s now infamous law, it states that most abortions are outlawed once a doctor can detect a fetus’ “heartbeat.” The only problem is that usually happens about six weeks into a pregnancy — before many women know they’re pregnant.
Ariana’s move is not just sincere but shows just how big an issue this is and will be in the upcoming year, not only for the women in Georgia and other states, too.
Following Georgia’s aggressive abortion bill, other states have passed restrictions in recent months, with more than 20 anti-abortion measures passed in 12 states in 2019 alone, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
As of right now in Alabama, you’re not eligible to abort in any case, including rape and incest! In all these cases anti-abortion rights groups hope legal challenges to these bans will go all the way to the Supreme Court, which is now predominantly conservative after the swearing-in of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October.
People tend to say they want politics separate from their sports and music but Ariana’s actions show success otherwise. You can’t put a price on how much more inspired the women attending that concert were or how the women living in states that are trying to control their bodies feel empowered to fight.
It’s the same vigor that’s caused some states to expand access. In response to these abortion bans, Illinois, New York, and others have announced legislation further protecting a woman’s right to have the procedure.
Specifically, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law the state’s Reproductive Health Act, making reproductive health care, including abortion, contraception, and maternity care, a fundamental right in the state, according to Guttmacher. The law protects access to abortion up to viability (which experts say is around 24 weeks’ gestation) and after that if deemed medically necessary by a doctor.
It’s a battle, a tug of war — one nobody thought they’d be fighting in 2019 but an important one nonetheless. So, in an era where women’s rights are under siege and our current administration is doing all in its power to defund Planned Parenthood, it’s hard to hate on Ariana for this one.
Shout out to her.