In an impassioned Instagram post on November 11, Perry revealed that she was making a donation of $10,000 to Planned Parenthood, and her decision to do so wasn’t just because she supports the organization and their mission. Her life was directly affected by the services Planned Parenthood provides, and she shared some scenes of her own teenage years that helped illustrate exactly why this was a no-brainer move for her.
“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,” she writes. “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.”
She goes on to stress how Planned Parenthood’s affordability and access is crucial, and how she knows firsthand how that can affect the health of someone who’s financially strapped: “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.”
Perry is one of the several taking part in the #twitterblackout movement, and she’s clearly understanding of how effective social media can be to throw weight behind a cause. This post reflects that and her passion for PP. She’s definitely not sitting still on the activism front.