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Olivia Rodrigo speaks out about abortion rights during live show

"Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians"

By Hollie Geraghty

Olivia Rodrigo wears a green vest in the music video for deja vu
Olivia Rodrigo in the music video for 'deja vu' (Picture: YouTube).

Olivia Rodrigo has become the latest musician to speak out about abortion rights, following Politico‘s leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

The draft opinion — written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito — is not finalised, but if there is a majority of justices willing to overturn the decision, this could result in abortion being illegal in 22 US states.

Phoebe Bridgers and Halsey are among artists who have already voiced their support of the right to access safe and legal abortions.

Now, Olivia Rodrigo has spoken about the issue, addressing the crowd during her ‘Sour Tour’ at The Anthem in Washington DC last night (May 4).

“Because we’re in DC, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say how heartbroken I am over the Supreme Court’s potential decision,” she said.

“Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians. I hope we can raise our voices to protect our right, to have a safe abortion, which is a right that so many people before us have worked so hard to get.”

Earlier this week, Phoebe Bridgers shared that she’s had an abortion. “I had an abortion in October of last year while I was on tour,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “I went to Planned Parenthood, where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.”

Halsey also posted about the their views on the issue, describing it as a “cruel attack” on abortion rights.

“This is one of the most significant events we will witness in our lifetimes,” Halsey wrote. “The effects of this decision will spiral into lethal situations for our entire country. Most seriously impacting people of color, rural areas and socioeconomically impacted communities.”

They continued: “I know it seems like this conversation is happening constantly and many of us have lived with the mental security that we would never witness the revocation of this right. I know it seems like every time we worry, it’s a false alarm, but it’s not. That security comes from people like you.”

“This is not a false alarm. Again. This is not a hypothetical,” they continued. “Many of those who seek abortion out of state will be at risk of persecution as well.”