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Olivia Rodrigo gives away free Plan B at Missouri show, calls for 'funding abortion'

Olivia Rodrigo gives away free Plan B abortion pill
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Olivia Rodrigo gave away free boxes of Julie emergency contraception also known as Plan B — at her recent show in St. Louis, Mo., where abortion is a felony.

Doing what Olivia Rodrigo does takes serious guts.

The 21-year-old popstar is being commended by fans and activists after giving away free boxes of Julie emergency contraception also known as Plan B — at her recent show in St. Louis, Mo.

Nonprofit Missouri Abortion Fund and pro-choice group Right By You handed out the medication alongside information on how to find abortion care, as well as a card that read: “Funding abortion? It’s a good idea, right?”

"It's brutal out here in Missouri, but we are here for abortion access and hand out Plan B," the Missouri Abortion Fund wrote on X, formerly Twitter, referencing Rodrigo's lyrics.

The show was part of Rodrigo's GUTS World Tour. When kicking off the event in February, the singer also launched a reproductive health initiative, Fund 4 Good, through which a percentage of profits from her concerts go to local chapters of the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Providing an abortion is a Class B Felony in Missouri, carrying a prison sentence of up to 15 years. State legislators passed the total ban in 2019, known as a "trigger ban," which went into effect immediately once the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.

The law has no exceptions for rape or incest survivors. In fact, lawmakers in the state recently rejected a law that would have protected victims' access to the treatment.

Robin Frisella, Community Engagement Director at Missouri Abortion Fund, told Rolling Stonethat the response from concertgoers in St. Louis was "extremely encouraging," and that many were "very surprised that they were not asked to pay."

"It was great to hear that response and for new people to find out that we exist," she said. "I have Gen Z daughters and so I just absolutely love this generation. They're just curious and want to be empowered. The opportunity to learn more about their own reproductive health care does that."

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Ryan is a staff writer at the Advocate, and a graduate of New York University Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing, with a focus in television writing and comedy. She first became a published author at the age of 15 with her YA novel 'Someone Else's Stars', and is now a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. In her free time, Ryan likes watching New York Rangers hockey, listening to the Beach Boys, and practicing witchcraft.
Ryan is a staff writer at the Advocate, and a graduate of New York University Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing, with a focus in television writing and comedy. She first became a published author at the age of 15 with her YA novel 'Someone Else's Stars', and is now a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. In her free time, Ryan likes watching New York Rangers hockey, listening to the Beach Boys, and practicing witchcraft.