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Published On: Tue, Nov 15th, 2016

Katy Perry drops $10K for Planned Parenthood, praises the impact on her life, bashes parents again

In celebrity news comes confirmation that singer Katy Perry informed social media on Friday that she donated $10,000 to Planned Parenthood with a photo of herself making the donation and praising the outlet for the impact on her life as a teen.

“I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them. Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family.”

katy-perry-vanity-fair-magazine-coverPerry went on to declare that without Planned Parenthood she “may have had a different life path.”

She talks about her financial upbringing, even asserting that her poverty left her parents strapped to deal with her oral hygeine problems.

“I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn’t afford anything in California.”

Check out the transcript of her post below.

Planned Parenthood has been at the epicenter of controversy after Center For Medical Progress videos revealed that prices for fetal tissue was being negotiated, fetal heads were being shipped post-abortion, the staff were very insensitive with the process and the harvesting questions raised more questions, if not legal problems. Many Republicans and pro-life advocates have called for an end to the federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Perry has bashed her parents and her growing up as the daughter of evangelical pastors before.

“I didn’t have a childhood,” she told Vanity Fair magazine in 2011, adding that she was not allowed to say things like “deviled eggs” or “Dirt Devil,” to listen to secular music or read any other books but the Bible.

“Growing up, seeing Planned Parenthood, it was considered like the abortion clinic. I was always scared I was going to get bombed when I was there … I didn’t know it was more than that, that it was for women and their needs. I didn’t have insurance, so I went there and I learned about birth control.”

“Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as ‘Pass the salt…’ It’s a secret, direct prayer language to God,” Perry told Rolling Stone in 2010. “I wasn’t able to say I was lucky because my mother would rather us say that we were blessed, and she also didn’t like that lucky sounded like Lucifer… I wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms, but I think that was the sugar. I think my mom lied to me about that one.”

 

Full post: It’s time to turn words into action️ There are so many steps to take, but my first vow is to support organizations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government. I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them. Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path. That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood’s broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see. I know what it’s like to need help. I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn’t afford anything in California. I am grateful for and stand in support of Planned Parenthood for giving Katheryn Hudson the knowledge to plan, and for continuing to be a haven for women to learn all options for their future. Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally. Go to: https://www.plannedparenthood.org to show your support. #wewontgoback

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