Katy Perry makes her "first vow" in action against Trump by publicly supporting and donating to Planned Parenthood.
The 32-year-old singer is not about to back down on her post-Election promises of not allowing herself or the people she represents to be silenced.
Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organisation and the largest provider of reproductive health services in America. Access to funding and the ability to continue to provide services may prove more difficult with a conservative government in place. In 1994, a gunman killed two women working at two different Planned Parenthood offices. In 2012, an office was bombed and in 2015 a clinic in Washington was set on fire. Anti-abortionists often protest outside clinics.
In the 2016 Presidential debates, Donald Trump made controversial (and factually incorrect) comments about doctors performing abortions, claiming they "rip babies out of the womb". He also strongly suggested plans to overturn Roe vs Wade, the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that helped abortion become more legally accessible to women.
Perry took to her Instagram to share her donation of $10,000 to Planned Parenthood with 58 million followers, and elaborated on what the clinic had done for her throughout her life:
It's time to turn words into action❗️There are so many steps to take, but my first vow is to support organizations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government. I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them. 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. 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. Go to: https://www.plannedparenthood.org to show your support. #wewontgoback
"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 was raised in a strictly religious household and famously explained in her 2012 documentary film that she was not allowed to listen to pop music and was not allowed to eat Lucky Charms cereal, as her parents associated "luck" with "Lucifer".
The Planned Parenthood donation essentially works as a hopeful safeguard against possible budget cuts that could occur after Trump is sworn in as President on January 20, 2017.