Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner's long-time boyfriend and father to baby Stormi, recently announced that he would be donating all of the profits earned from merchandise sales at Alabama's Hangout Fest 2019 to Planned Parenthood.
During his Hangout Fest performance, he announced “I want to just donate my net profits from my merch today to Planned Parenthood. We feel for those out in Alabama. I love y’all. I just wanted you to know that love is the strongest feeling we have.”
The news was also later posted to Kylie Jenner's Instagram Story. She noted the support that she and Travis have for women in Alabama who are struggling in the wake of the state's new legislation on abortion.
On May 14th, 2019, lawmakers in Alabama voted to ban abortion statewide, citing concern for the lives of unborn babies. The only instances in which abortion would remain legal include cases where the life of a pregnant mother or the life of the baby, itself, would be put at risk should the baby be carried to term. This exception would also apply to babies who would pass shortly after birth having been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition in utero. Pregnancies that resulted due to rape or incest would not be an exception to the ban.
This law has caused massive outrage as the state has essentially taken away a woman's right to make choices about her own body, especially as the majority of lawmakers voting on the ban were male. Doctors in Alabama are subject to legal repercussions and could be sentenced to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion in any case, as the act of performing or attempting to perform an abortion is now a felony. In cases where an abortion is attempted, but ultimately fails, a doctor could spend up to 10 years in prison.
After news of the ban broke, Planned Parenthood Southeast president and CEO Staci Fox shared that the organization would be engaging in legal action against the state to ensure that the women of Alabama maintain the right to choose.
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner have taken a clear stance against the decisions made by lawmakers in Alabama. The announcement of their position and Scott's choice to donate his merchandise profits to Planned Parenthood while performing in the state of Alabama makes the statement all the more powerful.