Throughout her storied life and career, Stevie Nicks has been fiercely dedicated to empowering and fighting for the rights of women. With the recent passing of her “hero,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and as women’s rights continuing to be attacked by the Trump administration, the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman is feeling the stress of the upcoming election, and, most pressingly, the threat it poses to women’s right to choose.
“Abortion rights, that was really my generation’s fight,” Nicks said in an interview with The Guardian yesterday as this week’s Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett continue. “If President Trump wins this election and puts the judge he wants in, she will absolutely outlaw it and push women back into back-alley abortions.”
Nicks went on to voice her thoughts through the frame of her own experience with abortion. She spoke about the impact that terminating a pregnancy during her relationship with The Eagles’s Don Henley in 1979 had on her life and legacy.
“If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac,” she explains. “There’s just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly. And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs … I would have had to walk away.” She paused and continued. “And I knew that the music we were going to bring to the world was going to heal so many people’s hearts and make people so happy. And I thought: you know what? That’s really important. There’s not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers. That was my world’s mission.”
At 72, Nicks is getting candid so that her perspective can shed further light on what’s at stake for reproductive health and rights in the 2020 election, and why protecting a women’s right to a safe abortion, as well as improving federal funding for abortions and coverage of contraceptive methods is essential. Moreover, letting women consider what is best for their health and lives not only supports their fundamental human right, but has also been shown to lead to better birth outcomes. In fact, a new study released yesterday by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that women living in states with fewer restrictions related to reproductive rights have lower rates of low birth weight, especially for Black women, who experience higher rates of infant and maternal death in the U.S.
With just 19 days until the election, Nicks’s powerful revelations come at a critical time. Find more information on creating a voting plan, here.