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August 23, 2019

Ariana Grande donates Atlanta concert proceeds to Planned Parenthood to fight anti-abortion law

June 12, 2019
Ariana Grande performs at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. in April 2019. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG)

Ariana Grande is the latest high-profile star to either make or promise a sizable donation to the fight against restrictive abortion laws.

The pop star is contributing the proceeds of her June 8 concert in Atlanta ? which total around $250,000 ? to Planned Parenthood, People reported.

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A bill was recently passed in Georgia that would outlaw abortions once a heartbeat is detectable in a fetus, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

“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’s Action Fund President Dr. Leana Wen told People in a statement.

“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.”

Legislators in states beyond Georgia have also signed anti-abortion bills recently. That includes Alabama, which is moving forward with a bill that outlaws nearly all abortions, including in cases of incest or rape.

Last month, Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams vowed to donate all of their episodic fees for the HBO show “Lovecraft Country,” which is being produced in Georgia, to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia.

Meanwhile, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ? who are moving forward with the film “Hillbilly Elegy” in Georgia ? said they will make a donation to the ACLU and promised to boycott the state if the abortion law goes into effect in January.

Grande, 25, has publicly supported Planned Parenthood in the past. She posted a photo to Twitter featuring the hashtag #StandwithPP in 2015.

“Women need to be educated, healthy, and empowered,” she wrote in the tweet.

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