'We're teetering on the brink of not being a full democracy': John Legend speaks out on America's current Roe V. Wade battle and vows to donate funds to help women access abortion clinics
- The singer, 43, was speaking the day after the SCOTUS draft opinion leaked
- Opinion would see abortion outlawed in large parts of the United States
- Legend told The Guardian that he is concerned for the future of America
- 'We're teetering on the brink of not being a full democracy' he told newspaper
- He accused American conservatives of only wanting power and authoritarianism
Singer-songwriter John Legend has spoken about America's current battle over Roe V. Wade in an interview published on Monday, and vowed to donate funds to help women access abortion clinics.
The singer, 43, was speaking the day after the supreme court's draft opinion to overturn the 1973 ruling - that guarantees women the right to have an abortion - leaked to the public, sparking huge outcry.
Should Roe V. Wade be overturned, abortion would be outlawed for millions of women across the country, making it very difficult for them to access safe services.
Singer-songwriter John Legend (pictured on May 10) has spoken about America's current battle over Roe V. Wade in an interview published today, and vowed to donate funds to help women access abortion clinics
Legend - a longtime supporter of the Democrat party - told British newspaper The Guardian that he is often unable to keep his political opinions to himself.
He likened the Supreme Court's draft opinion to The Handmaid's Tale - a 1985 futuristic dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood about a patriarchal society in which some women are forced to produce children for the ruling classes.
The novel was adapted into a popular TV drama series in 2017, with the iconic red robes of the 'Handmaids' being used as a symbol by pro-choice activists.
'I can't watch this s**t happen and not say something,' he told the newspaper.
'We're teetering on the brink of not being a full democracy. We're about to implement The Handmaid's Tale into law.'
Legend said that he considered it an 'immense tragedy' that Donald Trump was elected to the White House in 2016, but that he was relieved when he lost the 2020 presidential election Joe Biden 'who actually cared about the country,' he said.
However, the singer said that he is still concerned by what he is seeing in the United States. 'I was happy that we were turning the page from what I thought was a dark era in American history. But now I still feel incredibly concerned,' he said.
Legend went on to say that while he believes that humans generally have good intentions, conservatives are only interested in power.
Legend likened the Supreme Court's draft opinion to The Handmaid's Tale - a 1985 futuristic dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood about a patriarchal society in which some women are forced to produce children for the ruling classes. Pictured: TV adaptation
Pictured: John Legend said he and his wife would donate to abortion clinics on Twitter
'I do believe human beings generally want to do the right thing but the conservative movement is not interested in concessions or compromise,' he told The Guardian. 'They're interested in full power and full authoritarianism.'
The singer said he would not just sit back and hope for a solution, and instead argued that it was time to fight against the perceived threat.
The Guardian said that shortly after the interview, he told his 13.8 million followers on Twitter that he and his wife Chrissy Teigen would donate to independent abortion providers across the country to help women access the procedure.
'Today, @chrissyteigen and I will be donating to @abortionfunds @keepourclinics to help women afford and access the services they need in a safe and timely fashion,' he wrote on May 5. 'We will do what we can to fight for our fellow citizens and democracy. I hope you will too.'
The singer and model, 36, lost their unborn baby boy on September 30, after suffering a month of bleeding as a result of a weak placenta.
Hours after losing their baby, both Chrissy and John shared a series of black-and-white photos from the hospital on social media - a move that provoked messages of support as well as backlash.
John revealed that he had been 'worried' about sharing the pictures, but praised his wife's decision as 'powerful and brave'.
He said that losing the pregnancy was 'difficult' but that he hoped created music out of it could be 'healing for me and for other people too'. Legend's latest album is to be released this year, with some of the tracks inspired by his tragic loss.
Candid: John Legend has opened up about the miscarriage of his son Jack with wife Chrissy Teigen in 2020 (pictured May 12)
Tragic: The singer, 43, and model, 36, lost their unborn baby boy on September 30, after suffering a month of bleeding as a result of a weak placenta
Brave: Hours after losing their baby, both Chrissy and John shared a series of black-and-white photos from the hospital on social media - a move that provoked messages of support as well as backlash
Previously, Chrissy hit out at critics of the photos, insisting that she 'doesn't care' about anyone who was 'offended or disgusted' by them because they were only ever intended to provide comfort to others who have experienced a similar loss.
'I don't care if you were offended or disgusted. I understand it could be that way for people, [but] it's designed for the people that were hurting,' she said in an interview with GMA's Michael Strahan despite noting that 'John was very uncomfortable taking them'.
Although Chrissy says she is still experiencing 'complete and utter grief' in the wake of the couple's loss, she praised all of the people who have shared words of support and love, revealing that she has been sent 'thousands of letters' from fans since her miscarriage.
'I definitely give myself permission to have complete and utter grief. Every day is so different so when people ask me how I'm doing, I'm like, I'm OK... today,' she said.
'I have thousands of letters written to me, and obviously it's so painful to go through something like this as a woman, something that was inside your body that you were nurturing and taking care of, but obviously there's a father involved and the support for the both of us has just been so beautiful, so incredible.'
Proud: Speaking to The Guardian , John revealed that he had been 'worried' about sharing the pictures, but praised his wife's decision as 'powerful and brave' (pictured in April 2022)
She added that the experience has helped to renew her faith in people's kindness, enabling her to see that 'the world is inherently good'.
'And as hard as it is beautiful to see this side of it,' she said.
The heart-wrenching experience has also helped to bring the couple - who married in 2013 - closer together, as well as helping to strengthen their bond with their two children, Miles, four, and Luna, six.
'I just know that I love my wife more than ever,' John said. 'We've been through so many challenges together and they've made us strong, and I know that doesn't always happen when people go through tragedy.
'But I feel like the challenges we've faced together have made us feel even more sure about who we are together as a couple and who we are as a family.
'And [it has made us feel sure] that when we commit to be together forever, we really hold that promise to heart and we take it seriously, and I feel like we're stronger together than we have ever been.'