Ed Sheeran Unhappy His Song is Being Used by Pro-Life Groups

Ireland is about to go to the polls to vote on whether or not to legalize abortion. Pro-life groups have been campaigning hard to keep the 8th Amendment, which gives personhood status to the unborn, in their Constitution and have adopted UK singer Ed Sheeran’s song “Small Bump” as an anthem of sorts.

Here are the lyrics to the song, which Sheeran says he wrote for a friend who had a miscarriage.

You’re just a small bump unborn, in four months you’re brought to life
You might be left with my hair, but you’ll have your mother’s eyes
I’ll hold your body in my hands, be as gentle as I can
But for now you’re scan of my unmade plans,
A small bump in four months you’re brought to life
A small bump in four months you’ll open your eyes
I’ll whisper quietly, I’ll give you nothing but truth
I’ll hold you tightly, I’ll give you nothing but truth
If you’re not inside me, I’ll put my future in you
You are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
Oh, you are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
And you’ll be alright
Oh, 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
And I’ll hold you tightly, I’ll tell you nothing but truth
And I’ll hold you tightly, I’ll give you nothing but truth
If you’re not inside me, I’ll put my future in you
You are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
Oh, you are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
And you’ll be alright
And you can lie with me
With your tiny feet
When you’re half asleep
I’ll leave you be
Right in front of me
For a couple weeks
So I can keep you safe
‘Cause you are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
You are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
And you’ll be alright
‘Cause you were just a small bump unborn for four months then torn from life
Maybe you were needed up there but we’re still unaware as why.
Sounds pretty life affirming, right?

However, Sheeran isn’t very happy that pro-life groups are using his song and said in an Instagram post that he did not approve of the groups using the song and “Little Bump” is not sending a pro-life message.

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While Sheeran doesn’t explicitly say he supports abortion rights, it’s likely that this statement reflects that. Otherwise, he’d have no issues with pro-life groups using his song.

Other Irish celebrities have also come out in favor of repealing the 8th including Liam Neeson, Saoirse Ronan, Liam Cunningham, Cillian Murphy, Aisling Bea and more.

Ireland votes on May 25.

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