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If there’s one thing Halsey won’t do, it’s to stop fighting for the right to safe and legal abortion. The week after the Supreme Court Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. calfthe singer shared her own abortion story and publicly pledged to stay in the fight.
“I miscarried three times before my 24th birthday,” the singer wrote in an open letter published by Fashion. “One of my miscarriages required ‘follow-up care,’ which is a gentle way of saying I would need an abortion because my body couldn’t terminate the pregnancy entirely on its own and without medical intervention I would risk going into sepsis.” As Halsey via Reflecting on their procedure, he said they “cried” and felt “helpless,” adding, “I was desperate to end the pregnancy that was threatening my life.”
Halsey, who was diagnosed with endometriosis, has previously opened up about her miscarriages. In 2018, they spoke about the horrific moment when they realized they had miscarried mid-stage. “The feeling of looking a couple hundred teenagers in the face while you’re bleeding through your clothes and still have to do the show, and realizing in that moment … I never want to make that decision again of doing what I love or not can’t because of this illness,” she recalled during an appearance The doctors.
Partly because of her medical history, Halsey was so terrified that something might go wrong when she was pregnant with her son Ender that she rewrote her will to include explicit instructions about donating her organs. “How funny that while my own heart would be nothing more than a series of involuntary movements on an operating table, a heart beating in my stomach could mean I couldn’t agree to saving my own life,” Halsey noted in Fashion. “That’s what some people who want to see the end of abortion rights believe is right.”
The singer welcomed her son in July last year and said while some might expect her position on abortion rights to have changed since becoming parents, the reality is quite the opposite. “In fact, I’ve never given it more thought,” they wrote. “My abortion saved my life and made way for my son. Every person deserves the right to choose when, if and how to have this dangerous and life-changing experience.”
Halsey is currently on hers love and power Tour that includes a slideshow promoting abortion rights and encouraging fans to “be the revolutionaries”. During their stop in Arizona on June 26th, right after Dobbs decision was announced, the singer spoke directly to the crowd. “Some of the people I’m seeing right now are going to need an abortion one day, and you deserve it,” they said onstage, per E! News. “And here in Arizona, you have to promise me that you’re going to do this work so that the person on your left and on your right has that right for the rest of their lives.” They also made it clear that fans who don’t support reproductive rights , would not be missed. “If you don’t like it, you can go straight home. I do not care. If you don’t like it, I don’t know why you came to a Halsey concert.”
Some fans reportedly walked out of the concert, but the singer stayed true to his word and took to social media to resist the idea that they were being paid to entertain and not share political views. “No, you paid to see me use a stage as a form of expression in the way I chose.” they tweeted a few days after the concert in Arizona. “Sorry you lack the critical thinking to realize that the rhetorical power of music doesn’t always serve your escapism.”