Abortion rights advocates in Hollywood have gone radical – and opened their wallets in more and more creative ways – to advocate for reproductive rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling that overthrew landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade.
Supporters, led by $1 million in donations from Lizzo and Live Nation, are giving their donations to both long-standing advocacy organizations and local groups (especially those that are helping women in need). women’s access to healthcare), while using celebrity and influence to inspire further dedication. As abortion advocates ramp up donations, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with a host, a manager/producer, an engagement officer at an entertainment law firm, and a Hollywood women’s advocate about the organizations they currently work for. support in the fight for abortion rights.
“Hollywood has come together to support leading organizations like the Center for Reproductive Rights – which contested Dobbs before the Supreme Court – to prepare for this moment, and some incredible leaders. appeared,” said Hannah Linkenhoker, director of engagement at the entertainment law firm Johnson Shapiro. The center includes actresses Elizabeth Banks, Amy Brenneman, Lisa Edelstein, Aja Naomi King and Busy Philipps as members of the ambassadorial panel, while producer Heidi Lindelof is on the panel.
Linkenhoker continued: “The center has really created a powerful community in Hollywood,” and that community leveraged funding, exposure, messaging, and more to influence the reproductive rights movement. and access to abortion”.
Many in the entertainment industry are also donating to the venerable Planned Parenthood, including Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, who calls the nonprofit “a trusted resource for women for over 100 years.”
Lizzo has been vocal about her support for Planned Parenthood. Within hours of the Supreme Court ruling, the Grammy Award-winning superstar announced that she would be donating $500,000 in profits from her upcoming tour to the wellness organization. fertility for women across the country. Live Nation, the sponsor of the multi-day tour, has agreed to correspond with Lizzo’s donation, making a substantial sum of $1 million.
This week, Olivia Wilde led an online discussion with doctors from Doctors of Reproductive Health, an organization she has supported for many years. Many stars are also joining the ongoing protests across the country, including Philipps, who was arrested at an abortion rights rally in Washington on Thursday, June 30, and Jodie Sweetin (Happy home and Fuller House), who was recently shoved by police at an abortion rally in Los Angeles. Additionally, Sweetin sponsored an Instagram fundraiser, raising $5,000 for Planned Parenthood.
“Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken,” Sweetin said in a statement. “This will not stop us; We will continue to fight for our rights. We are not free until we are ALL free.”
Other figures in the entertainment industry took to social media to help raise funds. Showrunner and writer Liz Meriwether (Dropout, New girl) recently held an Instagram fundraiser for The Brigid Alliance, raising over $6,000.
“When the leak was revealed in May, I donated to the National Network for Abortion Funds, an incredible umbrella organization that funds many smaller local groups who do the work. on the basis that people get the care they need,” said Meriwether CHEAP. “I am also donating to the Brigid Alliance now, as it directly funds all the travel and logistics of people trying to get an abortion, and demand for this group has skyrocketed. I’m also donating to Plan C, which provides drug abortions by mail to anyone looking for it.”
Debra Messing shared information about The Brigid Alliance and Apiary for Practical Support, a not-for-profit national technical assistant center for organizations that provide practical support to people wanting an abortion. And the band Bon Iver is sponsoring a mind match for The Brigid Alliance, raising $22,000. Linkenhoker is also supporting Keep Our Clinics, a fundraising campaign to support independent abortion clinics, which provide the majority of abortion care in the United States and are most likely located in active states. act to outlaw abortion. Abortion could be banned or severely restricted in more than 20 states this year following Supreme Court rulings (about 5 states currently have bans), which will result in more women having to travel to the states. allow abortion for reproductive health care.
Ariana Debose, speaking to Jimmy Fallon this week, says she’s focusing her funding efforts on making “a difference at the local level, so I’m trying to find abortion funds in my community.” myself that I can support so that I can help anyone in the womb. In the YouTube clip of DeBose’s appearance on the show, Tonight’s show shared a link to the National Abortion Foundation Network with its fans.
And entertainers including Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Handler, Ireland Baldwin and Laura Prepon are sharing and re-sharing their personal stories about abortion, while promoting reproductive rights.
Other Hollywood insiders are thinking of unconventional ways to engage their followers. BoJack Horseman host Raphael Bob-Waksberg proposed a lottery – commit to give five autographed Twitter followers their favorite scripts BoJack Horseman practice if they email him proof that they have donated to the abortion fund.
Several celebrities have focused their attention on political action and the upcoming midterm elections. Julia Louis-Dreyfus took to Twitter and swear to match $10,000 raised for 11 pro-choice candidates for state legislatures, where abortion rights are being laid out in the upcoming midterms. She also vowed to donate $10,000 to 80 local abortion funds.
July 9 could also see a Hollywood contingent show up in Washington, DC, as Women’s March sponsors an abortion rights protest in the nation’s capital. Its registration page provides a box that participants willing to risk being caught can check.
Industry organizations have also banded together to provide their members with information on resources and reputable places to donate. “We have created a list of resources that cover what different entertainment companies are doing,” said Kirsten Schaffer, CEO at Women in Film, which advocates for women in the entertainment industry. for their employees and then general resources. “A lot of them are abortion funds… like ARC Southeast, Northwest Abortion Outreach Fund, Midwest Outreach Coalition, Texas Choice Foundation. People had scheduled abortions and their abortions were aborted, so now they need to get out of state to have that abortion done. And that’s what these funds help them do. “
Schaffer said she’s seen a positive response to Women in Film’s list of resources, including a link to support the National Network for Abortion Funds. “People who are subscribing to our newsletter are connected to sources they really appreciate the care and concern they have. And they also appreciate access to resources,” she said.
Amid a boom in giving, abortion rights advocates in Hollywood warn potential donors to make sure their funds go to legitimate organizations. “Use your network to verify the reputation, check the nonprofit status of the organization – look at their number 990, search on Charity Navigator, review their board of directors to make sure,” Linkenhoker said. that they have credibility,” Linkenhoker said.
And since abortion advocates say their fight to restore nationwide access won’t be long, the strategy rollout has been chosen by many advocates.
“Currently, I’m donating to groups that have an immediate impact on those who currently want an abortion, and then I’ll be doing another round of donations for political action and advocacy groups. tri, who will fight for the long haul,” said Meriwether. “This is going to be a long battle on many different fronts, and I think everyone who advocates access to abortion needs to prepare for the marathon. The most important thing is to stay engaged and active – as my friend Rebecca Traister beautifully writes in Cut“Despair is poison.”