The unending debate concerning abortion has reared its ugly head once more. Ugly because it sharply splits up the public. Everyone has a personal opinion concerning the contemporary issue, sometimes leading to a heated exchange of words, particularly on social media platforms.
Should abortion be legal or should the law allow for its safe practice? This single question remains largely unanswered, and each state in the US has its own stand.
That having being said, songstress Ariana Grande is weighing in on this topic the best way she knows how. As you may very well know, the artist is currently on tour, with most of her concerts already having sold out.
Her performance in Atlanta, Georgia, stands out from the rest, in that she donated a huge chunk of the money she raised ($250,000) to Planned Parenthood. You must know of the organization, don’t you?
PPFA (Planned Parenthood Federation of America) is a nonprofit that fights for reproductive healthcare rights, and its mandate has grown beyond the country’s borders ever since its inception in 1916. It has spread its reach to 12 countries as at now, still maintaining its objectives.
Ari’s donation is seen by many as a retaliatory move to the heartbeat bill, passed last month in Georgia. In doing so, the state became the fourth one in the country to adopt the bill this year, making it illegal to abort a fetus if it’s heartbeat is detectable.
This specific law is contentious in the heartbeat is detectable very early into the pregnancy, roughly within six weeks. Unfortunately, most women don’t even know of the pregnancy six weeks in. The law, therefore, puts them at a disadvantage if they find out later and don’t wish to keep the baby.
It’s a weighty matter, don’t you think? Other states that have adopted the heartbeat bill include Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
In Alabama, the situation is even worse. The state adopted legislation that bans almost all types of abortions, no matter the mitigating circumstances. Not even incest or rape stand as reason enough to terminate a pregnancy in this state. Sigh.
Acknowledging Ariana Grande’s donation, Dr. Leana Wen, PPFA’s president admitted that the contribution couldn’t have come at a better time. Speaking to PEOPLE, Dr. Wen didn’t hold back. She accused politicians of working against women’s health in trying to ban safe and legal abortions.
According to the doctor, this goes against the needs of the American people, and she’s confident that the public doesn’t stand for it.
She then went on to heap praises on Ari for her support in the fight for women’s rights, before concluding that her organization would not stop fighting, come what may.
A number of high-profile celebrities have voiced their opinion on these abortion bills, with all of them condemning the law. Sadiq Khan (London mayor), Lady Gaga, and Rihanna are among them, with Gaga taking to Twitter to express her views.
She was particularly irked by the Alabama law, referring as heinous.