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Katy Perry Donates $10,000 to Planned Parenthood and Pens Motivational Essay

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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.”

It's time to turn words into action❗️There are so many steps to take, but my first vow is to support organizations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government. I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them. Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path. That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood's broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see. I know what it's like to need help. I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn't afford anything in California. 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. Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally. Go to: https://www.plannedparenthood.org to show your support. #wewontgoback

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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.

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Amanda Edwards/WireImage

“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.”