Ariana Grande quietly supported protests against a wave of recent anti-abortion laws this week, by donating money to Planned Parenthood.
According to People Magazine, the singer donated proceeds from her concert Saturday in Atlanta to the organization. The donation totaled around $250K.
“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 president Leana Wen, MD, said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The donation comes weeks after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a “heartbeat” bill into law. The new law, which will be effective on Jan. 1, bans abortions after a fetal heart rate is detected, or around 6 weeks.
Grande has been more vocal about social and political issues of late. On Saturday, an anti-gay protester stood outside her concert arena in Atlanta. Grande swiftly issued a response early Sunday.
“Man… saddened but not surprised by this one bit. i’m so sorry any of my fans had to encounter this,” she wrote. “We will do our best to ensure this doesn’t happen again. proud of u all for not fighting / engaging violently,” she continued. “Never worth it. wishing him peace & a healed heart cause girl yikes.”