Pop singer Ed Sheeran has denounced the use of his song "Small Bump" in an anti-abortion campaign. The campaigners have used the song to support their cause less than a week before Ireland's referendum on abortion. The British pop star's song "Small Bump" was reportedly being played by anti-abortion activists campaigning in Dublin's city centre.
Irish citizens will vote Friday on whether the country will repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution, which states: "The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right."
If repealed, women would be able to access abortions up to 12 weeks. Abortions up to 23 weeks could be performed in "exceptional circumstances," according to Simon Harris, the country's health minister, or amid concerns for the mother's mental health, such as the risk of suicide.
In his Instagram post, Sheeran, who is currently playing a series of concerts in Ireland, said: "I've been informed that my song Small Bump is being used to promote the pro-life campaign, and I feel it's important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the song is about."
Small Bump, released in 2011, is from Sheeran's debut album +. The song's lyrics include: "You're just a small bump unknown, you'll grow into your skin/With a smile like hers and a dimple beneath your chin/Finger nails the size of a half grain of rice, and eyelids closed to be soon opened wide/ A small bump, in four months you'll open your eyes."