Katy Perry took to Instagram on Friday to share that she’d made a donation to Planned Parenthood in her “first vow” to “support organizations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government.”
The “California Girls” singer wrote that it was “time to turn words into action” and detailed how her donation was dedicated to her teenage self “who made several visits” to clinics in order to educate herself about sexual health.
“[It was] a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing,” she writes. “I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them.”
The 32-year-old singer described how the newfound knowledge helped her focus on her dreams of pursuing music until she knew she was ready to plan for a family, writing that if she hadn’t educated herself, she may have ended up living a different life.
Perry shared some background on her life growing up, writing that she came from a “lower- to middle-class family” without the benefit of ever having health insurance. As a teenager, the singer’s parents attempted taking her to Mexico to get her cavities checked by a dentist because California was too expensive.
“I am grateful for and stand in support of Planned Parenthood for giving Katheryn Hudson the knowledge to plan, and for continuing to be a haven for women to learn all options for their future,” she writes.
“Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other,” she adds. “I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally.”