Katy Perry donates $10,000 to Planned Parenthood
Whether it’s protests, or verbal castigations via social media, the ensuing reactions from President-elect Donald Trump’s victory has been ubiquitous across the nation.
But sometimes, there can be other non-violent forms of rebuttal that serve to other forms of resistance.
In an attempt to combat the recent political agendas of the right, Katy Perry donated $10,000 to Planned Parenthood—a non-profit organization that Trump vowed to defund during his presidency. Perry went on to express her views of how the organization helped shaped her upbringing via an Instagram post.
“Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others,” said Perry. “Without this education, I may have had a different life path. That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood’s broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see. I know what it’s like to need help.
I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn’t afford anything in California. I am grateful for and stand in support of Planned Parenthood for giving Katheryn Hudson the knowledge to plan, and for continuing to be a haven for women to learn all options for their future. Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally.”
Perry, who is the daughter of two Christian pastors, has not shied away from the political scene. And more recently, she has taken on some liberal viewpoints; including espousing gay rights, Planned Parenthood and LGBT rights.
In 2008, she voted no on proposition 8, which stated that marriage could only be observed and defined between male and female partners. But her political involvements don’t stop there. Four years later, she admitted to being a proponent of the Universal Health Care Act as well.
It can be safe to assume that the 32 year-old pop-star sensation will continue her career with renewed vigor, as her fifth album –which was announced in May of 2016- is currently in the works.