Ani DiFranco defends reproductive freedom in her new song “Play God.” The single is the first new song to be released by DiFranco since her 2014 album Allergic to Water.
“I feel that I’ve earned my right to choose,” DiFranco sings on the bluesy battle cry. “You don’t get to play God, man. I do.” In the accompanying black-and-white clip, DiFranco is seen performing with her band in between shots of protests around the country against restrictive laws surrounding women’s rights.
For DiFranco, who is in the middle of her Vote Dammit tour ahead of the election, the song emphasizes that women’s rights is a civil rights issue. “It is time to acknowledge that unless a woman is in control of her own reproduction, she is not free, and it is the responsibility of our American government to protect and ensure the freedom of all American citizens,” she said in a statement. “It is time we get serious about addressing and achieving this great unfinished business of civil rights in America. The true emancipation and equality of women is dependent on it.”