Singers Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande
Over 130 musicians have signed an open letter in opposition to a wave of pro-life legislation across the United States.
After a string of high-profile incidents which have damaged its public reputation, the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, has organised an open letter, which now has the support of 137 musicians, objecting to pro-life laws in an attempt to bolster its public image.
The musicians who signed the letter include: Alanis Morissette, Ariana Grande, Beck, Carly Rae Jepsen, Demi Lovato, the Foo Fighters, John Legend, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Macklemore, Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Nine Inch Nails, Norah Jones, Pussy Riot,, Selena Gomez, and T-Pain.
Planned Parenthood’s ‘Bans off my body’ campaign states that “Musicians across the country are standing in solidarity with Planned Parenthood,”
The letter itself claims that women “cannot be truly free or equal” without abortion and calls on politicians to “Get your [abortion] bans off my body!”
Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider, responsible for performing 332,757 abortions in 2018.
The company has recently faced significant problems with its public image. In the first instance, Planned Parenthood lost their new president after less than a year, for not prioritising abortion enough.
Secondly, they lost an ‘unfair dismissal’ case where they sacked an employee for drawing attention to their illegal and dangerous activities at an abortion centre in Arizona. Planned Parenthood had to pay $3 million compensation.
Finally, they lost $60 million in federal funding over their abortion work.
Seeking to restore that image, and in the run-up to the 2020 presidential campaign, the abortion provider is now seeking to gather half a million signatures on this campaign by January 2020. This will be the 47th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision which made abortion legal across all 50 states in the US.
The campaign launched this weekend with a full-page ad in Billboard Magazine, and plans to feature a Planned Parenthood “presence” on various artists’ tours across the US.
17-year-old singer Billie Eilish declared: “I’m proud to be standing up for Planned Parenthood as they fight for fair and equal access to reproductive rights.”
“Artists can highlight how out-of-touch some of our politicians are in this space,” interim Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson told Billboard.
Spokesperson for Right To Life UK Catherine Robinson said:
“This is evidently an attempt to salvage their declining reputation. It is not clear why the endorsement of 137 musicians can do anything to save the reputation of a company which defends abortion on the grounds of sex and race, as well as abortion up to birth. It seems unlikely that all these musicians support this extreme and disturbing position, and they should be ashamed if they are aware of exactly what Planned Parenthood supports and continue to endorse them.”
“Contrary to Planned Parenthood CEO, it is not the politicians advancing pro-life laws who are out of touch but the musicians who signed this letter and Planned Parenthood themselves. According to Gallup polling from 2018, 53% of Americans say abortion say it should be legal few or no circumstances.”
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