• Travis Scott donates merchandise profits from Alabama music festival to Planned Parenthood

    By: Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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    Rapper Travis Scott is donating profits from sales of his merchandise at a recent music festival to nonprofit Planned Parenthood, which provides sexual health care in the United States and abroad, following the passage of controversial anti-abortion laws.

    Scott made the announcement during his performance at the 2019 Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Saturday.

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    “We feel for those out in Alabama,” the 28-year-old told the crowd before transitioning to a “Love Galore” duet with SZA. “I love you all. I just want everyone to know that love is the strongest thing that we can have. Love is the only thing we can hold on to, so to anyone out there; man, woman. I wanna dedicate this song to you.”

    Alabama passed legislation Wednesday that would make performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

    Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Ohio each passed their own anti-abortion bills this year, The New York Times reported. The so-called heartbeat bills outlaw most abortions once a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, about six to eight weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant. The Times reported Arkansas and Utah voted to outlaw second-trimester abortions.

    Supporters of the restrictive abortion measures hope to ultimately challenge the Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing women to have abortions until about 24 weeks into pregnancy.

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