Kanye West slammed by Planned Parenthood over abortion remarks, organization says it stands with Black women
Planned Parenthood has responded to rapper Kanye West's comments where he compared them to a Satanic baby-killing cult. The organization has called the comments ignorant. In an interview with Forbes, where he spoke on the issue of abortion, West said he believes that "Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work."
Responding to West's comments, the Director of Black Leadership and Engagement at Planned Parenthood, Nia Martin Robinson told TMZ, "Black women are free to make our own decisions about our bodies and pregnancies, and want and deserve to have access to the best medical care available."
"Any insinuation that abortion is Black genocide is offensive and infantilizing. The real threat to Black communities' safety, health, and lives stems from lack of access to quality, affordable health care, police violence, and the criminalization of reproductive health care by anti-abortion opposition," Robinson added.
Planned Parenthood also took to their Twitter handle and shared, "We don’t know who needs to hear this, but when we say that no one should stand between a woman and decisions about her body when it comes to health care, that really means NO ONE."
Social media users slammed Kanye on Twitter for his comments. One such user had shared, "He is against abortion and has valid reason then he shouldn’t get an abortion and worry about his own body and leave folks alone and let options be available for all. He made his choice and that’s his business." Another user commented, "To add on planned parenthood isn’t just about abortions it’s about helping many different aspects of health issues. And even so, abortions are still needed and it’s a women’s right to do so within the laws we have in place, no full-term babies are being aborted."
"The way this fool just spews quick sounds bites that he reads on social media is just nauseating. He possesses no intelligible knowledge on anything," wrote another Twitter user. A social media user who echoed the sentiments shared, "I wonder what his wife thinks of this. Who is pro-vaccine and has publicly advocated for Planned Parenthood in the past. I think he's just spewing conservative stuff for his weird run for POTUS he announced. I have a teenage daughter, and thank you PPFA for all you do."
West had admitted, "I am pro-life because I'm following the word of the bible." He also took tp Twitter to share a screenshot of a Google search and had asked, "What does a 6-month fetus look like?" He had captioned the image, "These souls deserve to live." He deleted the tweet shortly after he had posted it. Still, many social media users were able to get screenshots of the post and slammed him online. So far, West's wife and reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who has publicly supported Planned Parenthood in the past, has not yet made any comments regarding her husband's stance on Planned Parenthood. The interview also saw West declaring that he was no longer a Trump supporter.