Over the last few months, the representatives for the US states of Alabama and Georgia have introduced anti-abortion bills, effectively banning abortions at every stage of pregnancy, and criminalising the procedure for doctors.
Almost 140 of music’s biggest names are banding together to support Planned Parenthood’s Bans Off My Body campaign against anti-abortion laws.
The aim of the Bans Off campaign is to raise awareness of the restrictive anti-abortion measures that have passed in several states over the last year, and to gather 500,000 signatures on an online petition in time for the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January. Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision passed by the Supreme Court in 1973 that ruled that the U.S. Constitution would protect a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.
“I’m proud to be standing up for Planned Parenthood as they fight for fair and equal access to reproductive rights,” Billie Eilish said in a statement. “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.”
Planned Parenthood’s president, Alexis McGill, said in a statement that “abortion access and reproductive health and rights are under attack like never before, and we need everyone to fight back.”
“Planned Parenthood is grateful to these artists for using their incredible platforms to declare that our bodies are our own — if they are not, we can never be truly free or equal.”