While many, many more statements seem likely to come from the music world regarding the Supreme Court’s expected yet still cataclysmic overturn of Roe v. Wade that was announced Friday morning.
Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, Pearl Jam, Bette Midler, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and many others have weighed in, and with the Glastonbury Festival — featuring Billie Eilish, Bridgers, St. Vincent, Olivia Rodrigo, Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves, Haim and others — and the BET Awards taking place this weekend, we’re likely to hear lots more in the coming days.
Taylor Swift reweeted former First Lady Michelle Obama’s horrified statement, adding “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”
I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that. https://t.co/mwK561oxxl
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 24, 2022
Earlier this year Phoebe Bridgers tweeted: “I had an abortion in October of last year while I was on tour. I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access. Here’s a big list of places you can donate to right now.” On Friday, she tweeted simply “Fucking evil,” with no need to add what she was referring to, and added a link to the Mariposa Fund abortion-care providers.
I had an abortion in October of last year while I was on tour. I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.
Here’s a big list of places you can donate to right now. https://t.co/jT0sk6CeNX
— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) May 3, 2022
Pearl Jam posted singer Eddie Vedder’s onstage comments in support of abortion rights and wrote in a caption: No one, not the government, not politicians, not the Supreme Court should prevent access to abortion, birth control, and contraceptives. People should have the FREEDOM to choose. Today’s decision impacts everyone and it will particularly affect poor women who can’t afford to travel to access health care.
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Country artist Amanda Shires, who is married to singer Jason Isbell, followed up a powerful op-ed she wrote for Rolling Stone with a lengthy interview on Friday in which she demanded that more artists speak out:
“When I wrote my first piece for Rolling Stone, I’d had an abortion before. Since writing that op-ed, I have had reproductive healthcare — that some might call an abortion — when I was hospitalized in Texas on August 9, 2021, with a ruptured fallopian tube caused by an ectopic pregnancy. For those who are unfamiliar, it is impossible for an ectopic pregnancy to go to term. I would have died; my daughter, Mercy, would have lost her mother; my husband, Jason, would be a widower.
“I was lucky,” she continued. “This happened to me two and a half weeks before Texas’ abortion ban went into effect. And I was still dealing with all of it two and a half weeks later. I mean, only just now — nine months later, interestingly enough — have I returned to having normal periods. This fight is about more than just abortion. I think that’s what people keep forgetting.”
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John Legend posted a video of riot police outside the Capitol with the caption “Storm troopers on their way to tell women to shut up and accept government mandated childbirth. Sickening.”
Storm troopers on their way to tell women to shut up and accept government mandated childbirth. Sickening https://t.co/2zRbqHkVgR
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 24, 2022
Bette Midler, never one to shy away from a fight, fired off a long string of tweets on Friday beginning with “They did it. THEY DID IT TO US! ”
They did it. THEY DID IT TO US! #SCOTUS has overturned #RoevWade, enshrined in the Constitution as settled law for over 50 years. How dare they? This #SCOTUS is absolutely tone-deaf to the will and even the actual needs of the American people. #WakeUpAmerica
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 24, 2022
Alicia Keys was equally unfiltered, tweeting “Fuckin bullshit! This decision is about more than abortion, it’s about who has power over you, who has authority to make decisions for you, and who is going to control how your future turns out.”
This decision is about more than abortion, it’s about who has power over you, who has authority to make decisions for you, and who is going to control how your future turns out~ @nwlc @PPFA @ACLU @SisterSong_WOC pic.twitter.com/52Pj6j36Z1
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) June 24, 2022
Carole King wrote: “Reproductive healthcare is on the ballot. Organize & plan your vote.”
— Carole King (@Carole_King) June 24, 2022
Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas fired off a long series of tweets and retweets — while his sister had not yet posted at the time of this article’s publication, she has been an outspoken supporter of abortion rights and seems very likely to comment during her headilning set at the Glastonbury festival on Friday.
The simple truth https://t.co/6nUc5o2skm
— FINNEAS☮️ (@finneas) June 24, 2022
Singer Zara Larsson fired off a series of tweets as well, notably this important one:
MAKING ABORTIONS ILLEGAL WONT STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING THEM, IT STOPS THEM FROM HAVING SAFE ONES
— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) June 24, 2022
Maren Morris told Rolling Stone: “Today, I hold my two year old son with tears streaming down my face because all my love and planning still wasn’t enough to protect him from being born in a country who could do this to women. Women, the ones who gave each Supreme Court Justice on the bench the right to be here, the dexterity of their pen hand,” she continues. “Tomorrow I will fight, but today I am grieving.”
Other statements from musicians follow.
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abortion is healthcare.
bodily autonomy is a human right.
— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) June 24, 2022
When people talk about how their vote ‘doesn’t matter’ or ‘we are screwed anyway’.. well. We elected a man 6 years ago that gave 3 seats to the Supreme Court. And today those 3 people used their power to take away women and peoples rights to decide their own future.
— Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) June 24, 2022
just because you’re not an American citizen does not mean the overturning of Roe V Wade is none of your business. if you support womens rights and human rights you NEED to be vocal about how drastic and appalling the overturning of the constitutional right to an abortion is.
— Charli (@charli_xcx) June 24, 2022
riot girl summer
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) June 24, 2022
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