Travis Scott –– artist and partner to Kylie Jenner –– joins Rihanna, Offset, Lizzo, Viola Davis, John Legend, and more celebrities in advocating for abortion access
At a time when state politicians are passing extreme abortion bans, celebrities are using their influence to support access to reproductive health care. While performing at Hangout Fest in Alabama this past weekend, Travis Scott announced that he will donate all the sales from his merchandise at the show to Planned Parenthood, while the crowd erupted in huge applause. The majority of Americans support access to safe, legal, abortion and Scott is leading by example –– publicly supporting abortion access for people in our communities.
“I wanna just donate my net profits from our merch today to Planned Parenthood,” he said during his set, adding, “I love y’all and I just want everyone to know that love is the strongest thing we can have,” before performing SZA’s song “Love Galore.”
Last week, 25 white men in the Alabama state legislature approved the most extreme abortion ban since Roe v. Wade was decided and Gov. Ivey of Alabama signed it into law –– banning abortion for the nearly 700,000 Black women who live in the state. Like all abortion bans, this ban will have the greatest impact on people who can’t afford to travel hundreds of miles outside of the state for an abortion –– taking unpaid time off work, secure child care, or paying for gas and hotel rooms. And we know in this country, racism and discrimination have kept wages low for too many Black people.
Alabama’s abortion ban disproportionately threatens the health, rights, and lives of Black people across the state, and Black celebrities are speaking out in full force: Viola Davis,John Legend, Kerry Washington, Ava DuVernay, and other celebrities have been vocal in denouncing Alabama’s dangerous abortion ban and highlighting how critical access to health care is for all.