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Pearl Jam donating proceeds from merch sales to Planned Parenthood
Pearl Jam is donating 100 percent of T-shirt proceeds and 25 percent of all goods sold on the band's official website through March 12th to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. According to Alternative Nation, the goal is to help ensure equal health care for everyone, especially in states where clinics have been or might be defunded. The band is also donating proceeds to Planned Parenthood Global in support of health care partners across Africa and Latin America impacted by the recently reinstated global gag rule.
The limited edition shirt was designed by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament.
Ament said in a statement, "We’ve been wanting to do something to help since we heard about the defunding and closure of some of the more isolated clinics, like El Paso and Midland, that has resulted in women having to drive hundreds of miles for reproductive care. Planned Parenthood is being threatened with massive cuts and it’s more important than ever to show our support for one of our favorite organizations.”
The global gag rule is a U.S. government policy that blocks federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services. The policy has been in effect for 17 of the past 32 years. It was rescinded on January 23rd, 2009, as Democratic President Barack Obama took office and reinstated on January 23rd, 2017, as Republican President Donald Trump assumed the office.