In the coming weeks, parts of the project (which is comprised of music, comedy, and spoken word) will be released online followed by a vinyl collection of the entire project. 100% of proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood.
A collective statement reads:
“Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.
7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there's a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.”
To give some context, the “lawmakers with extreme views” are the Republicans controlling the U.S. House of Representatives, who recently voted to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
The collection features contributions from, among others, Björk, Common, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Bon Iver, Feist, Sleater-Kinney, St. Vincent, Laurie Anderson, Jon Brion, Mary J. Blige, actor Zach Galifianakis and author Margaret Atwood.
It’s great that the entertainment industry is going to bat for Planned Parenthood. For all the liberal talk we hear out of Hollywood, it’s refreshing to have such a large group of celebrities putting their money and talent where their mouths are.
"We're incredibly grateful to have the support of so many artists and entertainers, many of them who have themselves relied on us for health care," said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years, and one in five women in America have turned to us for care. Planned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we're not backing down now. "
Check out this funny little video where John Legend, Zach Galifianakis, and St. Vincent attempt to cover “Lovin’ You”.