Rage Against the Machine will donate nearly half a million dollars to reproductive rights organizations in Wisconsin and Illinois, the group announced on Instagram Friday night.
“We are disgusted by the repeal of Roe V. Wade and the devastating impact it will have on tens of millions of people,” the group wrote. “More than half of the country (26 states) is likely to ban or severely restrict abortion very soon, if not immediately, disproportionately impacting the poor, working class, and undocumented BIPOC communities.”
The band revealed that they raised $475,000 through the sale of charity tickets for their concerts at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Elkhorn, Wisconsin and the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
“Like the many women who have organized sophisticated resistance railways to challenge these attacks on our collective reproductive freedom, we must continue to resist,” they wrote.
The statement comes after news on Friday that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, entirely repudiates the 1973 ruling that guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights.
Rage Against the Machine is among many artists who have spoken out following the Supreme Court ruling. Phoebe Bridgers made her voice known at England’s Glastonbury Festival, leading a chant of “Fuck the Supreme Court!” with the crowd. Billie Eilish, who also performed at Glastonbury, also expressed her outrage on stage.
“Today is a really, really dark day for women in the United States,” she said.
Several other artists, including Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and Harry Styles, have taken to social media to address the subject.
Also on Friday, Lizzo announced that she would be donating $500,000 from her upcoming “special” tour to support abortion access groups. Live Nation will match their donation, bringing the total sum to $1 million.