Ariana Grande Donates Atlanta Concert Proceeds To Planned Parenthood
Ariana Grande is making her stance known on Georgia's controversial abortion ban.
Following her June 8 concert in Georgia's capital, Ariana Grande is the latest celebrity to take a stance against the controversial "heartbeat bill" by donating a portion of the show's proceeds -- approximately $250,000 -- to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood President Doctore Leana Wen confirmed Ari's generous donation, telling PEOPLE in a statement:
“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. 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. We are so grateful to Ariana for her longstanding commitment to supporting women’s rights and standing with Planned Parenthood to defend access to reproductive health care. We won’t stop fighting — no matter what.”
It comes after a number of anti-Pride demonstrators protested outside her Atlanta show, with one fan posting a video of the protestors with the caption, "f**k these dudes outside the Ariana Grande concert spreading homophobia and being f***ing stupid and it took EVERYTHING in me not to kick him in the balls with me heels on".
Ariana replied, saying she was "saddened but not surprised" and apologised to fans while saying she was proud of them for not fighting or engaging violently with the demonstrators.
The controversial abortion bill was introduced by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on May 7, in a move that would make abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The move has brought a wave of criticism against the state, with several production houses -- including Netflix, AMC, CBS and more declaring they would likely boycott making films in Georgia if the bill were to go ahead.