Amanda Shires has joined up with her creative partner and husband Jason Isbell to release “The Problem,” a track that grapples with reproductive autonomy and reflects on Sept. 28th’s International Safe Abortion Day.
“I’m proud of this song,” Shires wrote via social media. “It wasn’t an easy one to write, but it was worth every tear and all the heartbreak along the way… I hope you can listen with an open heart. This song is about unconditionally supporting someone you love. This is a love song. Let’s be there for each other.”
Proceeds from “The Problem” will go toward the Yellowhammer Fund, an organization based in the southern U.S. which “envisions a society in which reproductive decisions are made free from coercion, shame, or state interference, a society in which individuals and communities have autonomy in making healthy choices regarding their bodies and their futures.”
Adds Yellowhammer Fund executive Laurie Bertram Roberts, “‘The Problem’ tells a story that’s rarely heard or discussed—especially by southerners—and we are grateful that Amanda is shining a light to keep the conversation going. With the 2020 election looming, we want to continue destigmatizing abortion and we hope that normalizing conversations around it will help folks feel more comfortable seeking the essential health care they need… We at Yellowhammer Fund deeply appreciate that Amanda understands why accessible abortion for all is so essential and we’re beyond thrilled to join her in this venture.”