Some of the most outspoken artists in President Donald Trump's America are uniting behind a common cause: standing in solidarity with Planned Parenthood.
"7-inches for Planned Parenthood" – pun intended – will bring some of the biggest names in music, film and comedy together for a delightfully retro 7" vinyl box set. The records will feature a range of diverse artists, including John Legend, the Foo Fighters, Common, Bjork and Bon Iver, while comedic sets will reportedly include Jenny Slate, Margaret Cho and Zach Galifianakis, among others. And before you panic about not having a working turntable handy, it's worth noting that you'll also be able to get the releases on several digital platforms as well, including Apple Music.
"Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood," 7-inches Collective said in a statement Monday. "If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings."
The organizers say their creative initiative is a direct response to Trump and other conservative lawmakers’ threats to strip the nonprofit organization of all federal funding.
Planned Parenthood, founded in 1916, provides over four million STD tests, educational programs for nearly 1.5 million young people and more than 500,000 breast exams and Pap tests annually, nationwide. The organization’s unintended pregnancy services have become the focal point of a decades-long battle to strip federal funding for abortion providers globally, however – a battle conservative hardliners like Trump have been winning since January.
Despite a global gag order to cease all U.S. funding to abortion providers internationally, Planned Parenthood is still fighting to maintain its access to federal money, while states like Maryland have decided to stand with the nonprofit, passing measures to protect its funding during the upcoming Congressional budget debates.
"This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected," the group’s statement continued. "Do we know there’s a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance."
100 percent of the project’s proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood, including digital streams and purchases of the 7-inch vinyl box set.
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