Cyndi Lauper, the 1980s hit singer known for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” advocated for the killing of unborn babies in abortions Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards.
In a reference to her most famous song, Lauper told the audience that “girls just want to have … control over our bodies,” meaning abortion, Breitbart reports.
“I won a Moon Person at the very first VMAs in 1984,” Lauper said before presenting an award Sunday. “Things are a little different now.”
“Yeah, girls still want to have fun. But we also want to have funds, equal pay, control over our bodies, you know, fundamental rights,” she added and then raised her fist in the air.
Other celebrities – including Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Pink and children’s author Judy Bloom – also have been advocating for abortions over the past two weeks in response to the new Texas heartbeat law. The law, which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy, and could save tens of thousands of lives every year.
Lauper did not mention the Texas law in her speech Sunday, but posts on her Twitter account confirm that she opposes it. On Sept. 1, the day when the law went into effect, she shared a post from the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas that read: “Abortion is health care. Abortion is essential. Bans off our bodies.”
She also shared a comment from actress Kerry Washington slamming the life-saving law as a violation of women’s “reproductive freedom.”
Lauper has advocated for abortion in the past, too. Earlier this year, she joined Amanda Shires, Sheryl Crow, Linda Perry and other musicians in releasing a song promoting abortion for the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, according to the report.
Though about a dozen states have passed heartbeat laws, Texas is the first to be allowed to enforce its law. The others have been blocked by the courts.
The law has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies from abortion. In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, and about 85 percent happened after six weeks of pregnancy, according to state health statistics. That means more than 100 unborn babies with beating hearts may be spared from abortion every single day.
Whether the Texas law will remain in effect or ultimately be upheld as constitutional in court remains uncertain, but pro-life leaders are hopeful now that the Supreme Court has a conservative majority.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are reaching out to pregnant women across Texas with compassion and understanding, offering resources and emotional support to help them and their babies. Earlier this year, state lawmakers increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.
Women may call or text 1-800-712-4357 or chat online with OptionLine, a 24-hour bilingual hotline run by Heartbeat International that has helped connect millions of women to pregnancy and parenting resources.