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Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish protest abortion bans
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Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, and more protest US abortion bans

Lady Gaga, The 1975, and a slew of others have backed Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffMyBody campaign

As more US states pass draconian anti-abortion laws, over 100 musicians have come out in support of Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffMyBody campaign, protesting the surge of abortion bans across the country under Donald Trump’s cruel administration.

Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan, and Miley Cyrus join Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, The 1975, and more in signing a letter to raise awareness about the increasingly restrictive laws and encourage action.

In May, your TL was likely filled with uproar after Alabama passed a bill banning abortion under all circumstances, including in cases of rape and incest. This week, a similar law is set to come into place in the state of Missouri, though Planned Parenthood is working to delay it. As of May, 27 abortion bans had been enacted across 12 states in 2019 alone, including in Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi. 

Planned Parenthood’s signed letter appeared as part of a full-page ad in Billboard magazine, titled Bands Together, Bans Off.

“Those who signed are urging their social media followers to take action against these bans, and learn more about the threat to safe, legal abortion access in communities across the country,” a press release said. “Specifically, the artists are asking their supporters to add their name to a national petition calling for an end to the abortion bans, with a goal of collecting half a million signatures by the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that protected abortion rights) in January 2020.” 

Sky FerreiraKacey MusgravesPussy Riot, and HAIM are also among the signees, as well as CHVRCHESDeath Cab for Cutie, and Sleater-Kinney.

In a statement, Billie Eilish said: “I’m proud to be standing up for Planned Parenthood as they fight for fair and equal access to reproductive rights. We cannot live freely and move fully in the world when our basic right to access the reproductive health care we need is under attack. Every person deserves the right to control their body, their life, and their future.”

Musicians have been increasingly vocal about regressive abortion laws over the past few months, with The 1975’s Matty Healy denouncing the bans on stage, Ariana Grande donating $250,000 to Planned Parenthood, and Pussy Riot performing a protest show in Alabama.

Add your name to the list, and learn more about the #BansOffMyBody campaign here.