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Kanye West says everyone who has a baby should get $1M, Internet calls his anti-abortion rant 'disgusting'

Kanye explained his stance against abortion, saying that he and his wife Kim had been seriously considering an abortion prior to the birth of their first child
UPDATED JUL 20, 2020
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West (Getty Images)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West (Getty Images)

The outspoken rapper Kanye West continues to be a polarizing figure with his radical opinions and ideals. At a recent political rally in South Carolina, which followed his previous announcement that he was running for president under the Birthday Party banner, Kanye launched into a tearful rant about abortion and revealed his pro-life leanings. Besides revealing that he had nearly aborted his own child North West, whom he had with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, the rapper also admitted that he himself might have been aborted, had it not been for his mother Donda saving his own life.    

One of the other controversial things Kanye mentioned in the course of his speech was the line: “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people.”

At one point in the rally, Kanye explained his stance against abortion, saying that he and his wife Kim had been seriously considering an abortion prior to the birth of their first child, North West, who was born in 2013. Kanye actually broke down in tears after confessing that he had almost had his own child killed. He also mentioned that a timely message from God had changed his mind and that later, Kim had told him in a phone conversation: "We're going to have this baby." Kanye than declared, "So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn't want to," and added, "She stood up, and she protected that child." 

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West speak onstage during the WSJ. Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards sponsored by Harry Winston and Rémy Martin at MOMA on November 06, 2019 in New York City. (Getty Images)

West also revealed that his own mother Donda was the reason he was still alive since he himself was supposed to be aborted. "My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy," a tearful West admitted. 

At one point in his abortion rant, a spectator also came up to the stage to argue with West, after he announced, "No more Plan B - Plan A!" Although Kanye said abortion should be legal, he also added that every person who has a baby should receive a "maximum increase" of $1 million to incentivize a pro-life outlook. "The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range," West stated. "If you had the opportunity to be given a million dollars, just for being pregnant, would you have considered it? And then everybody would start having children, the greatest gift of life."

Kanye West performs onstage during his "Jesus Is King" album and film experience at The Forum on October 23, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Getty Images)

Fans online were clearly surprised by his latest outburst, and took to social media to voice their feelings. One Twitter user posted, "It is clear that Kanye needs some serious help & his breakdown is disturbing. However, the anti-abortion views he espouses through his tears are also very disturbing. His views are problematic and dangerous. We can want him to get help & not be anti-women."

Another outraged woman tweeted "F*** this misogynistic, anti-science, selfish piece of s***. Kim Kardashian was perfectly valid in considering an abortion, Kanye utilizing this difficult, personal decision in his 'campaign' is DISGUSTING and very disrespectful."

Another fan stated, "Kanye crying over almost 'killing' his daughter has nothing to do with planned parenthood or reproductive rights. He’s 'pro-life' because he probably feels guilty that they considered an abortion because Kim was still f***ing married to another man when Kanye got her pregnant."

A fan also weighed in with "Kanye saying his mom chose to keep him. Yes because abortion SHOULD be the woman’s choice. How he took that to be against abortion is crazy to me." Another fan bluntly stated. "Hope Kanye is OK mentally. But this abortion rant that he's doing is so disgusting."