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Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco - Baby Roe (single)

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An outspoken activist throughout her career, Ani DiFranco considers reproductive freedom a civil rights issue. “Baby Roe” is the latest chapter in her commitment to support comprehensive civil rights for women. With women’s autonomy again in jeopardy and on the ballot this November, DiFranco is urgently trying to bring attention to this vital issue. Download from the Righteous Babe Store or find at your preferred music service HERE.

DiFranco says, “The song "Baby Roe” is a direct descendent of the book “The Family Roe” by Joshua Prager*. This finely researched and grippingly told work chronicles the unfolding of events surrounding the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Prager lets you way behind the curtain to meet all the characters involved, including the adult child of Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe), born and adopted-off in the course of her mother’s quest for the right to a legal abortion. Baby Roe, unaware of her role in history until she was an adult, remains, nonetheless, in support of a woman’s right to choose. As I would be. There is no tragedy in not being born into a particular body, at a particular time. We are all born many times, into many bodies, and life is much longer than the ego would have us believe. It is infinite, in fact."

In 2016 DiFranco released the pro-choice declaration “Play God” after performing the song on tour over the years. Ani’s label and charitable foundation Righteous Babe has supported women’s rights initiatives and pro-choice organizations, including NOW, National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, National Institute of Public Health and Emily’s List.

*Visit Josh Prager's Official Website to learn more about him and "The Family Roe":