Halsey talks Roe v. Wade during concert, tells fans they 'deserve' reproductive health care

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Singer-songwriter Halsey is sounding off on the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, which stripped Americans of the constitutional right to an abortion.

In the most closely watched and controversial case to arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court in years, a majority of the justices ruled Friday that the right to end a pregnancy was not found in the text of the Constitution nor the nation's history, a watershed decision that erases a reproductive right the high court established nearly five decades ago.

During their show in Phoenix on Sunday, Halsey said their "heart breaks" seeing a crowd "who deserves the right to the health care that they need (and) who deserve the right to choose themselves in a situation where there is a choice."

"Some of the people I’m looking at right now are going to need an abortion one day, and you deserve that. Whether it’s a life-threatening situation or it’s not, you deserve it," said the 27-year-old singer. "And here in Arizona, you guys gotta promise me that you’re gonna do that work so that the person to the left of you and to the right of you has that right for the rest of their lives."

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Halsey attends the REVOLVE x The h.wood Group Present REVOLVE FESTIVAL at Merv Griffin Estate on April 16, 2022.
Halsey attends the REVOLVE x The h.wood Group Present REVOLVE FESTIVAL at Merv Griffin Estate on April 16, 2022.

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One concertgoer tweeted that it was "sickening" to see how many people walked out during Halsey's speech. In response, the singer wrote, "Downside of doing outdoor venues: no door to hit them on the way out."

The "Bad at Love" singer welcomed their first child, Ender Ridley Aydin, with screenwriter Alev Aydin, in July 2021 and has been candid about their struggles with reproductive health, including suffering a miscarriage while on tour about six years ago.

"I was on tour, and I found out I was pregnant," Halsey told "The Doctors" in 2018. "Before I could really figure out what that meant to me and what that meant for my future… the next thing I knew I was on stage miscarrying in the middle of my concert."

Halsey was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016, a disorder that causes the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus to grow outside the uterus, according to Mayo Clinic. The singer has since attributed their miscarriage to endometriosis and had surgery to treat the disorder in 2017.

"Reproductive illness is so frustrating because it can really make you feel less of a woman," they said. "There's a lot of times when you're sitting at home and you just feel so terrible about yourself.

"You’re sick, you don’t feel sexy, you don’t feel proud. You don’t feel like there’s much hope."

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Contributing: Jenna Ryu, Cydney Henderson, John Fritze

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