- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Foo Fighters and Mary J. Blige are among dozens of musicians and celebrities who are teaming up for a charity box set to benefit Planned Parenthood.

The project, dubbed “7-inches for Planned Parenthood,” is a collection of 7-inch vinyl records featuring mostly unreleased music and performances donated by artists including Bjork, Bon Iver, Feist, St. Vincent and members of The National, as well as comedians Margaret Cho, Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis, Billboard reported.

“Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood,” reads a description on the project’s Facebook page. “If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.

“7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat,” the description states. “This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there’s a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.”

The National frontman Matt Berninger and his band’s manager, Brandon Reid, first came up with the idea for 7-inches after Donald Trump won the presidential election.

“The day after the election was very hazy,” Mr. Reid told Billboard. “We were throwing ideas back and forth and started to think about immediate things [President Trump] was going to attack and it was frightfully clear Planned Parenthood was on the top of that list. Many of us in music business are transient, don’t have health insurance and rely on Planned Parenthood so we got the idea off the ground.”

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said she appreciated the support.

“We’re incredibly grateful to have the support of so many artists and entertainers, many of them who have themselves relied on us for health care,” she said in a statement, Billboard reported. “Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years, and one in five women in America have turned to us for care. Planned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we’re not backing down now.”

On Monday, 7-inches released a comedic video featuring John Legend, St. Vincent and Zach Galifianakis rehearsing a cover of Minnie Riperton’s 1975 hit single “Lovin’ You.” Other performances from the project will be released in batches digitally, Billboard reported.

Pre-sale information is coming soon, the project’s Facebook page states.

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