Musicians React to Supreme Court Decision on Right to Abortion

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Megan Thee Stallion, performing at England's Glastonbury Festival on Sat. June 25, 2022. During her set, Megan spoke out against the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade. (Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)

When the Supreme Court issued its decision on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization on Friday, effectively overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that granted the right to abortion, social media predictably exploded.

Musicians were among those who immediately spoke up, and their reactions were overwhelmingly against the court's decision. Many took to Twitter and Instagram. Others spoke up from the highly visible stages of Glastonbury and the BET Awards, which became pulpits for people demanding respect for individuals' freedoms.

A few musicians quickly penned songs in response to the rulings, or rewrote Americana chestnuts—including "The Star-Spangled Banner." Several stars and music industry groups, including Lizzo and Rage Against the Machine, pledged significant profits from upcoming tours to support abortion-rights advocacy groups.

Here is a list of musicians' reactions and actions:

  • Hurray For The Riff Raff encouraged fans to share information about abortion access organizations, and linked to the New Orleans Abortion Fund.
  • Maggie Rogers wrote: "abortion is healthcare. bodily autonomy is a human right."
  • The pop duo Sylvan Esso tweeted that "we are full of rage," adding that the band would "play this festival tonight and go directly to dc to protest."
  • Rock songwriter MAITA was succinct about her frustrations, tweeting simply: "abort the supreme court."
  • Paula Cole declared that the ruling "has officially ratified gender apartheid."
  • Kathy Valentine, bassist and guitarist from The Go-Go's posted: "It breaks my heart to think of all the intelligent, creative, innovative minds and careers of women" limited by the ruling.
  • Public Enemy's always outspoken frontman Chuck D called the decision "F a s c i s m."
  • While accepting the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist award at the BET Awards, Jazmine Sullivan asked men to stand up for women's rights. "This is not just a women's issue," she said. "This is everybody's issue."

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