Joan of Arc: Into the Fire tickets on sale now!
David Byrne | April 2017
Jo Lampert, the amazing actress who plays Joan of Arc in the musical I wrote that is currently playing at the Public Theater here in NY, wears this shirt when she comes out for bows and the curtain call. She had the wonderful idea to sell the exact same shirt in the theater after the shows with all proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood. That’s what we are doing and in the past two weeks, we have raised over $3k for their organization.
But we thought we could do more to support the larger issue of women’s health, so we have teamed up with the folks at Secretly Group to sell these shirts online as part of their Our First 100 Days campaign. All the proceeds from our online sales will benefit All Above All, an organization focused on creating the support needed to lift federal bans on abortion coverage.
Planned Parenthood and women’s health at large is under siege by the Trump administration and his supporters. In the past, their medical centers have been attacked, health care providers have been subject to intimidation and people have been murdered. The administration’s attacks on a woman’s right to choose encourage this kind of violence. Through various budget cuts over the last decade, many Planned Parenthood centers have been forced to close—so the “I Am Not Afraid” text is sadly quite literal. The fears that have been whipped up in our country are unreasonable and imaginary. Planned Parenthood does important work that encourages women to be knowledgeable and have control over their own lives and bodies. It provides a range of health services—including cancer screenings, HIV testing and contraception.
Though they may advise women regarding abortions, which some find objectionable, they do a lot more… and those things make our country a better place in many ways, some of them surprising.
Counter to what the fear mongers claim, the crime rate has dropped in our country. One study states that a large part of the drop in crime might be due to Roe vs. Wade. The reduction in the number of unwanted children that occurred as a result of this ruling had a delayed effect—about 15 years after the ruling the crime rate began to drop, and it is claimed that this drop was largely due to there being fewer unwanted children in our country.
Planning for parenthood means having kids when you’re ready, when you’re healthy and able to care for them. This is good for everyone, the communities and the nation as a whole. The brave workers who (wo)man these centers and who are working to create access to safe and legal abortion are to be honored, celebrated and cheered—and supported.