Pop singer Ariana Grande donated the proceeds from her June 8 concert in Atlanta to Planned Parenthood after a wave of stringent anti-abortion laws were passed around the country.
Georgia is one of many states that has taken steps to limit access to abortion, essentially banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
The move came just days after a fan and other concertgoers were harassed by anti-Pride protesters. A fan tweeted a videoof a man standing outside the Atlanta concert venue with a poster with the word “Pride” crossed out.
The man was arguing with fans while speaking into a loud speaker.
“Man... saddened but not surprised by this one bit. i’m so sorry any of my fans had to encounter this,” Grande tweeted. “We will do our best to ensure this doesn’t happen again. proud of u all for not fighting / engaging violently. never worth it. wishing him peace & a healed heart cause girl yikes.”
People reports the donation was $250,000. Grande has not commented on the donation, but Planned Parenthood did.
“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 Action Fund President Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement to People.
“This is not what the American people want, nor is it something they’ll stand for.
“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.”
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