- 30 Jun 22
The Irish singer and poet joins a host of musicians to speak out about the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe V Wade last weekend.
Imelda May has compared the US Supreme Court's "horrendous" decision to overturn Roe V Wade to "the dark ages."
The Dubliner, who performed at Glastonbury on Sunday, hit out at the US court’s decision to remove the constitutional right to abortion under the landmark 1973 case law.
May told the PA news agency: "It’s horrendous. We are back to the dark ages. Just because they banned abortions, doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.
"It just means it’s going to happen unsafely and there will be casualties. They are essentially forcing people to give birth – forcing women to give birth, the guys don’t have to do anything.
"When you see it happening in what you think is a democratic country or society, you think is a first-world country, you realise it can happen anywhere. Men shouldn’t be making decisions about women’s issues."
The Irish singer and poet joins a host of other public figures who spoke out about the Supreme Court decision at Glastonbury. Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and Olly Alexander where among others to speak about the issue.
The musician described her seventh time playing the festival as "magical as ever." She spoke about the Glastonbury site, saying: "The place itself is sacred; that’s why the key lines are there underneath the ground. It’s been sacred for thousands of years, it’s been recognised as a magical place.
"Michael Eavis was the genius who decided a festival on the sacred site would be perfect.
"I think most musicians or writers are creatives, I know I am. You pick up on vibes in places. I have done a lot of festivals; they have totally different vibes," the Liberties native continued.
"This one has such fantastic electricity about it. There’s a definite vibe about it."
May described her first set on the Poetry and Words stage, reading from her debut book, A Lick And A Promise, as "gorgeous".
"I normally put poetry in a gig. There’s been poetry segments which I couldn’t do at Glastonbury because you have to condense your show to an hour, so it was really lovely to be able to do the poetry separately," she said.
Discussing her Glastonbury set, which featured tracks from her album 11 Past The Hour, the singer said it was about "the joy that music brings and how we’ve missed it" because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We missed being all together, connection, that’s what I write about and that’s what I do and I’ve worked hard on this show and have a gorgeous time all together.
"I think we all know that, more than ever, we’ve missed each other, we’ve missed festivals, we’ve missed live music."
You can read more about the overturning of Roe V Wade here.
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