Lily Allen has spoken out about having an abortion – she says women don’t have to “justify” a termination of pregnancy on “exceptional reasons”.
The British singer – who appeared on stage with teenage star Olivia Rodrigo as a surprise guest at Glastonbury to perform her hit F*** You, in response to the US Supreme Court decision to end the country’s constitutional right to abortion — made the comments in a statement on Instagram.
After the move, many people shared experiences about extreme situations and reasons for abortion, such as ectopic pregnancies or when rape victims become pregnant. But Allwho is a mother of two, said women who justify their abortions are “playing into the bad guys’ hands.”
“I wish people would stop posting examples of exceptional reasons for abortion,” she wrote. “Most people I know, myself included, just didn’t want a ****** baby. AND THAT’S REASONING ENOUGH! WE DON’T HAVE TO APPROVE IT.
“It shouldn’t be said, and I think all these examples play into the bad guys’ hands.”
Allen, 37, joined 19-year-old Rodrigo on the opposite stage at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, the day after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case.
Rodrigo said it was “the biggest dream come true” to perform with Allen, but that she had mixed feelings because she was “heartbroken about what happened in America yesterday”.
She went on to say that “so many women and so many girls will die because of it,” before introducing Allen’s song and dedicating it to “five members of the Supreme Court who showed us that at the end of the day, they really don’t care.” freedom”.
Allen is married to Stranger Things and Black Widow star David Harbour, 47, and has two daughters, Ethel and Marnie, with ex-husband Sam Cooper. Before her children were born, she suffered a devastating miscarriage when she was seven months pregnant.
She and Rodrigo are among a number of celebrities who have been convicted by the Supreme Court.
Billie Eilish also spoke out against the controversial statement at Glastonbury during her historic headline set as the youngest solo headliner ever, just hours after the decision was announced.
“Today is a very, very dark day for women in the US,” she said. “I’m just going to say that because I can’t think about it right now.”
Protests took place across the UK following the decision to remove the US constitutional right to abortion, which is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of the country’s states.
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British star James Corden is also among the celebrities who have condemned the “incomprehensible” decision, saying it brought the country “back to a dark age” and endangered “millions of women and their families”.
Corden hosted The Late Late Show in the US for eight years, but earlier this year announced his decision to step down in 2023.
Speaking in London on Monday, on the first of a special series of tapings for the show The Late Late, he drew comparisons between the American and British legal systems.
“It was here in 1967 that David Steel, a Member of Parliament, introduced a bill legalizing abortion in the UK,” he said.
“If that ever changed, it would take at least 326 elected officials to vote in favor of something like that. It would then take 400 more appointees in the House of Lords to vote on that bill before it could ever become law.
“So that’s almost 800 people who all have to agree before the fundamental rights of half the population in the UK are at risk.”