Ariana Grande, Kendall Jenner among celebrities supporting abortion rights in New York Times ad

Planned Parenthood #BansOffOurBodies campaign

160 young artists and celebrities signed on to an ad in today’s (May 13, 2022) New York Times supporting Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffOurBodies campaign to support abortion rights for women.

Young artists and celebrities have put their names on a full-page ad in The New York Times today supporting Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffOurBodies campaign.

Planned Parenthood said the ad is running in advance of the May 14 Bans Off Our Bodies Day of Action.

Celebrities listed on the ad include Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, Halsey, Hailey Bieber, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Karlie Kloss, Ariana DeBose, Madison Beer, Phoebe Bridgers, Storm Reid, Meghan Trainor and Tommy Dorfman.

“They oppose the Supreme Court’s plan to overturn Roe v. Wade and end our national constitutional right to an abortion, laid out in a recent leaked draft opinion,” Planned Parenthood said. “These young artists are encouraging their fans to join them in speaking out in support of the right to access sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.”

During the Bans Off Our Bodies Day of Action, Planned Parenthood said, people are expected to turn out for rallies, marches and other events across the country. In addition to Planned Parenthood, organizers also include Women’s March, UltraViolet, MoveOn, Liberate Abortion and SEIU.

“Should the Supreme Court take away the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion, young people stand to lose the most. So many of us — who grew up with the understanding that Roe was settled law — could have never imagined that our own children would have fewer rights and less freedom over their own bodies and futures.

What we see in young people from all walks of life is that they aren’t backing down — not today, not ever. Like the artists who signed on to this ad, their resolve to keep bans off their bodies is a source of hope during a dark time, and we are determined to keep fighting alongside them, for them,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement.

Since the leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion, celebrities have been speaking out. Planned Parenthood said “Olivia Rodrigo spoke out from the stage while performing, Phoebe Bridgers shared her abortion story online, and Tracee Ellis Ross, Jonathan Van Ness, Reese Witherspoon, Questlove, Maggie Rogers, Cher, Elizabeth Banks, Halsey, Mindy Kaling, Busy Philipps, and many others took to social media to express their outrage and stand in solidarity with abortion rights and Planned Parenthood’s patients and staff.”

Planned Parenthood noted a “massive increase in abortion bans.

“Since the start of the year, more than 500 abortion restrictions have been introduced by state lawmakers across 42 states. Six states — Florida, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Idaho, and Wyoming — have enacted abortion bans so far this year. The Oklahoma ban, which was signed into law just last week, was modeled after Texas’s six-week abortion ban that took effect last September, and leaves millions of people across the region without access to this critical care.”

READ MORE: Senate bid to save Roe v. Wade falls to GOP-led filibuster.

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