In becoming the youngest-ever solo act at the Glastonbury Festival on June 24, Billie Eilish has used her platform – as she has many times before – to speak out about abortion rights in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overthrow Roe. v. Wade.
Before performing “Your Power”, Eilish told the audience that the song is “about the concept of power and how we always need to remember not to abuse it”.
“Today is a really dark day for women in the US,” she added. “And I’m only saying this because I can’t bear to think about it right now.”
Eilish has spoken about abortion rights several times in the past. During a June concert in Manchester, the pop star debuted a new song called “TV,” in which she sings: “The internet has gone crazy watching movie stars on trial / While they’re taking down Roe v. Wade”. Prior to that, Eilish said, “My body, my fucking choice” during an October 2021 show in Texas, and in 2019, she joined 140 artists to sign an open letter protesting the abortion ban.
After the Supreme Court’s decision, countless actors, artists and musicians responded, with Jack White and Taylor Swift included among them. Phoebe Bridgers also led her own Glastonbury crowd chanting, “Fuck the Supreme Court!”
Meanwhile, companies like Disney, Amazon and Netflix have offered to reimburse employees for travel expenses if they need to have an abortion in a state where it’s still legal. Check out our roundup of ways you can support reproductive rights if you want to help.
Billie Eilish calls the Supreme Court’s repeal of abortion rights “a really dark day for women” pic.twitter.com/oRvVbsCJxj
— Consequence (@consequence) June 24, 2022