Katy Perry announced a $10K post-election donation to Planned Parenthood

Katy Perry was With Her throughout the presidential election. Katy was so pro-Hillary that Katy was actually one of Hillary Clinton’s first celebrity endorsers, and Katy appeared numerous times at Clinton events, fundraisers and more. I said several times during the past year how much I admired Katy’s willingness to go full-throttle for HRC, especially since I have no doubt that Katy probably got (and is still getting) a sh-t ton of hate from the Deplorables. Many have argued that Katy is too milquetoast, that she doesn’t stand for anything other than boring, bland pop music, but she was one of the few big-name celebrities working her ass off to support Clinton, and doing so regardless of how that support might affect her bottom line, her fanbase or her image.

Katy was supposed to perform at what was supposed to be Clinton’s victory party last Tuesday. Katy was there, with Lady Gaga and Cher, backstage as the night turned sour with a hate-filled vengeance. Katy hasn’t been seen since – she claimed she had a family emergency, and canceled one concert, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it took her several days to regain her composure. So what was Katy’s first, public post-election act? An announcement of a Planned Parenthood donation. ‘Atta girl. Katy posted an Instagram image of PP’s donation page, with this message:

It’s time to turn words into action! There are so many steps to take, but my first vow is to support organizations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government.

I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them.

Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path.

That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood’s broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see. I know what it’s like to need help. I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn’t afford anything in California.

I am grateful for and stand in support of Planned Parenthood for giving Katheryn Hudson the knowledge to plan, and for continuing to be a haven for women to learn all options for their future. Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally.

[From Katy’s Instagram]

Granted, I’m super-emotional these days, but this totally made me tear up. The version of Katy Perry that first came on the scene all those years ago was vapid as hell, but here she is, a major pop star, one of the most popular musical acts in the world, and this is how she recovers from a crushing political disappointment. She turns it into a positive, she uses her celebrity to once again put her money and time where her mouth is, and stand up for an issue that many find “controversial.” I love her for this. She’s become a very admirable young woman with the way she’s uses her platform.

You too can donate to Planned Parenthood – which Donald Trump has vowed to defund – here.


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  1. Millennial says:

    I’m glad she supported PP — I did, too, a couple days ago. But I do have to scoff at the 10k — this woman makes millions.

  2. Esmom says:

    I love her for this, too. I also love an idea I saw floating around on FB yesterday — make your donation in Mike Pence’s name so he’ll be flooded with the acknowledgements.

  3. original kay says:

    I love she did this and in such a public way. Her message was spot on about why PP is so damn important.

  4. Li says:

    Yesterday someone suggested donating to PP in Mike Pence’s name. The donation confirmation would then be sent to him.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      How is this scheme (for lack of a better word) make Pence change his mind about Planned Parenthood? He will feel disgusted not ashamed. Pence is a right-wing conservative white male and nothing will change that.

      • Shambles says:

        It’s not to change his mind. It’s to say, f*ck you, assh*le, we see you and we’re ready. Just like the people protesting in the streets don’t literally think they can change the outcome of the election. They’re telling the Trump administration “we will not be silenced, and we are watching you very closely.”
        These are not gestures of naivety, but solidarity.

      • TotallyOld says:

        Right on Shambles! We all have to be together in this time of great upheaval to come. Please be kind and help everyone you can. No matter the $ or time amount, just do it! I also suggest that you donate to the DNC and help get more Democrats elected to the house and senate in 2018. This is our only hope until 2020.

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, Shambles. The more we can get in his face with actions like this, the more it will show him people have no intention of bending to his twisted agenda. I think it’s a great way to show solidarity.

  5. Jayci says:

    Not a KP fan , but good on her for this . What it also does is remind me how grateful I am for the NHS , and that despite all it’s problems the government here hasn’t taken that from us yet .

    • manda says:

      I know it has ups and downs, but I am so jealous of NHS! You have no idea how incomprehensible insurance plans are. Just so confusing. I’ve always thought if this had been part of the New Deal or something, it would have passed no problem in the US. Now it’s (medical care) is too much of a money maker, for both insurance companies and drug companies, which means we in the US are screwed (unless you’re super rich and I mean super rich. I knew a guy who was very seriously injured in a hit and run, and his care just to get ok enough to get around on a scooter was $5 million dollars!!!)

      I feel like there are discussions about NHS being “new” in Call the Midwife (love this show so much), which leads me to believe it was not super popular at first, but ended up being such a blessing for so many

      • HappyMom says:

        Actually a huge issue is what hospitals charge too. But because they are big employers (especially in areas where there might not be lot of jobs) no politician or lawmaker is going to go after them.

      • Bridget says:

        I just saw what I was charged (pre insurance) for my IUD a month ago. A short, in office procedure with my annual check up, and it was over $2k. There was a separate charge to take the old one out and a separate charge to put the new one in.

      • Sixer says:

        manda – here is a thing about the founding of the NHS. It could never have happened without the labour of black immigrant women (those nurses of the Windrush generation). From its founding and to this day, it relies on immigrants.

        And for all Americans unconvinced by universal healthcare, tell them this: the NHS is far from perfect. But, the UK spends about half the proportion of its GDP on healthcare than the US does, and on 11 of 13 health outcomes measured by the OECD, the UK does better than the US. Universal healthcare is a no-brainer.

      • Jayci says:

        2k for an IUD ? God I find that almost incomprehensible… are you charged for smear tests and screening too ?

      • manda says:

        Sixer, thank you for your response, I have been curious about it’s origins, and you’ve given me something to look into. I have some research to do!

        As far as outcomes being better in the UK, it’s not surprising. It seems easy to see a doctor. Here, it is not, so people put things off. Or, if they have crappy insurance, they put things off. I’m sure there are UK people that put things off, too, but the easy access has to curb a lot of that, I would think

      • Nic919 says:

        Canada’s health care is also very good. Tommy Douglas, grandfather of Keifer Sutherland, started in Saskatchewan in the 60s the first universal health care program and other provinces soon followed. It may not be a perfect system, but if you get cancer, or get into an accident, you don’t ever have to worry about mortgaging your house to pay for hospital bills.
        There may be waits for cosmetic things like knee replacements, but not for emergency or serious illness.

        No politician, even the most right wing ones, would dare try to remove it. Bernie Sanders points out how much less per capita Canada spends on health compared to the US …and more importantly the difference in drug prices is noticeable too. Many Americans come to Canada to get cheaper prescription drugs.

    • manda says:

      Jayci–a lot of insurance plans cover female “wellness” checks without even a copay (obvs, because those are cheaper than treating cancer down the road) (a copay is “nominal” charge, your share of what is paid, and then the insurance pays the rest, they vary from like 5 to 35 dollars, in my experience, but I have always had fairly good benefits)

    • Ange says:

      Right? I’m getting knee surgery in a few weeks and with my doctor’s visits, MRIs, specialist consult, hospital stay and the surgery it’s costing me the grand total of $80. Not to mention I only got the ball rolling on it 3 weeks ago. It’s In Australia but same thing, I really don’t know how people can have a problem with public health.

  6. HappyMom says:

    The day after the election-once I dragged myself out of bed and stopped crying- I made donations to both Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center. It’s important that we make our voices heard in concrete ways.

  7. Bridget says:

    It turns out, we didn’t need celebrity endorser Katy Perry. That was the last thing we needed. We needed the Kathryn Hudson who didn’t have the money to get her teeth fixed to speak up. Dang. Good for her on her donation, and good for her call to action.

  8. Lindy says:

    I’m glad she’s doing that. PP will need all the help it can get in the coming years. Anyone who’s trying to find ways to make a difference should be celebrated, whether it’s time, money, volunteering, sharing information…

  9. KasySwee says:

    I am trying not to be bothered by the amount but given what PP is up against, especially in states like mine, and how much KP makes from her music and ad endorsements, it seems like an incredibly faint gesture. Peope like KP don’t benefit from PP–poor and marginalized women do. And that’s all she will commit to them? OK but excuse me as I refrain from praising her.

  10. jetlagged says:

    Just about the only thing that has made me feel better in the last few days are the donations I’ve made to various organizations. So far six very worthy groups have gotten my money.

    One website asked if I wanted my name listed on their public donor list, and I actually hesitated before clicking ‘Yes’ out of some irrational fear my name would end up on some government watch list. But click ‘Yes’ I did. This election broke my heart, and then it made me angry. No more complacency, and definitely no moving to Canada. If they want my country, they are going to have to fight me for it. #WereStillHere

  11. Tourmaline says:

    That’s wonderful of Katy and I love that she shared what PP meant to her.

    I foresee the public defunding of PP to be a total slam dunk in Washington, and soon, so private donations are going to be SO crucial going forward. It is hard to overstate how vilified PP is among the right who have rose to power in the past week.

  12. Trillion says:

    I think I just forgave her for everything I dislike about her.

  13. Eric says:

    Please continue to be active. Active in your city or community or at the state level. If you live in a red state (or red county of your state), consider pledging allegiance to the environment or support those marginalized near you. There are many who need assurance now more than ever. We in California love our neighbors of any religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Spread it around!

  14. Kyrgios says:

    So who’s on the short list of Democrat politicians who can challenge Trump at the next election? Can i suggest that they be someone who is not beholden to Wall Street?

  15. sodapop says:

    just made a donation to planned parenthood in Pence’s name, encouraging all friends to do the same ha

  16. Chanteloup says:

    Thank you, Katy.
    And all those who join in standing up against hate.
    Me, too.

  17. Cee says:

    I also used PP while living in NJ (my college insurance was great but did not cover EVERYTHING). I had a huge cyst which was making my life impossible due to the pain and a friend drove me to PP – they did a full gynecological scan, gave me meds and told me to stop running, exercising and lifting things because I could rupture my ovary. No other clinic or doctor wanted to see me, even though I had international insurance.

    I also saw men getting health care. Some had cancer. PP was their only option. I now live back home, where I have great health insurance and can use the state insurance as backup, but I’ll still donate to PP.