In the wake of Georgia passing a controversial “fetal heartbeat” abortion law last month, Ariana Grande has made a generous donation to Planned Parenthood.
According to a statement from Planned Parenthood, the singer donated a portion of the proceeds of her June 8 sold-out show in Atlanta to PP in the wake of calls for a boycott of the state. “Ariana Grande’s generous donation comes at a critical time — in Georgia and across the country, anti-women’s health politicians are trying to ban all safe, legal abortion,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Dr. Leana Wen said a statement shared with Billboard; the donation was estimated to be around $250,000.
“This is not what the American people want, nor is it something they’ll stand for,” Wen added. “Thanks to inspiring support like hers, Planned Parenthood can continue to fight back — in the courts, in Congress, in state houses, and in the streets — against these dangerous attacks on people’s health and lives. We are so grateful to Ariana for her longstanding commitment to supporting women’s rights and standing with Planned Parenthood to defend access to reproductive health care. We won’t stop fighting — no matter what.”
Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, spoke out against the law recently as well, saying the streaming service has “many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law. It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court.” Because the law has not yet been implemented — it is not slated to come into effect until January — Netflix will continue to film in Georgia for now, but support artists who choose not to. If the law does become active, “we’d think our entire investment in Georgia.”
Billie Eilish recently called the law “unbelievable” and The 1975‘s Matty Healy decried it during a recent show in Alabama. On Tuesday (June 11) John Legend also spoke out about potential boycotts of Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama and other states with newly restrictive abortion laws, saying he wasn’t sure if they’d be effective, but “it’s a conversation that needs to be had.”
Halsey has also raised her voice, teaming up with the ACLU in support of abortion rights. Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Offset and many more artists have also voiced their opposition to restrictive abortion laws in Alabama and Missouri.
A spokesperson for Grande could not be reached for comment at press time.