Planned Parenthood Blasts Kanye West ‘Offensive’ Abortion Claims

Planned Parenthood Blasts Kanye West ‘Offensive’ Abortion
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Planned Parenthood issued a scathing retort on Wednesday (July
8) to what they called outrageous, false claims by Kanye West.

It started with an interview with
Forbes magazine
in which the rapper discussed his purported
plans to run for president. In the piece, West said “Planned
Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to
do the Devil’s work,” while offering no evidence or facts to
back up his claims.

“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,” says Nia Martin-Robinson, director
of Black Leadership and Engagement, Planned Parenthood Federation
of America, in a statement shared with Billboard.

“Any insinuation that abortion is Black genocide is offensive
and infantilizing,” Martin-Robinson adds. “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. At Planned Parenthood, we trust and we stand with Black
women who have, and continue to lead the charge when it comes to
the health, rights, and bodily autonomy of those in their
communities.”

To date, West has claimed he is running for president, but it
does not appear he has filed any official paperwork with the
Federal Election Commission; a spokesperson for West has not
responded to multiple requests from Billboardseeking information
about the alleged White House bid and at press time had not
responded to the Planned Parenthood statement.

In a follow-up story on
Forbes
, the magazine noted that West’s unsubstantiated claims
are similar to those anti-abortion activists have made for years
attempting to link the organization’s work with founder Margaret
Sanger’s support for eugenics; Forbes noted that in a letter from
1939 frequently cited by right-wing politicians and abortion foes,
Sanger outlined a plan to reach out to black leaders “to help
dispel community suspicions about the family planning clinics she
was opening in the South.â€

Politifact gave the claim that Sanger was a supporter of Black
genocide its worst “Pants
on Fire
†rating, claiming that “supposed evidence that
Sanger supported black genocide is a loose collection of her most
objectionable statements, her ties to the disgraced eugenics
movement, and her work on what was called the Negro Project. That
effort, started in 1939, brought birth control services (but not
abortion) to black communities in the South.â€

Last year, West — whose wife, Kim Kardashian-West visited
a PP center
to talk to women and dispel the myth that they are
“like this abortion clinic,†calling them an “amazing place
that provides so much to so many!†— made what PP called a
false equivalency between
Plan B and abortion
 in an interview with radio host Big Boy.
Additionally, in the Forbes interview the rapper explained, “I am
pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible.â€

A 2014 study published by the
Guttmacher Institute
 disputed the claim that most abortion
clinics are located in predominantly Black or Hispanic
neighborhoods, finding that fewer than 1 in 10 abortion clinics are
located in predominantly Black neighborhoods.

West, who so far has not provided any proof that he’s taken
concrete steps to launch his alleged campaign, has already missed a
number of crucial deadlines to get on the ballot in key states.
While he’s dumped his support for Pres. Trump, West has revealed
a few facts about his long-shot, third-party campaign: his slogan
is “YES!â€, he’s running under the “Birthday Partyâ€
banner, he just registered to vote for the first time this week
after never having voted in any election before, and he’s eager
to reinstate prayer in schools, which has been prohibited by a
Supreme Court ruling for nearly 60 years.

Planned Parenthood issued a scathing retort on Wednesday (July
8) to what they called outrageous, false claims by Kanye West.
It started with an interview with
Forbes magazine in which the rapper discussed his purported
plans to run for president. In the piece, West said “Planned
Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to
do the Devil’s work,” while offering no evidence or facts to
back up his claims.
“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,” says Nia Martin-Robinson, director
of Black Leadership and Engagement, Planned Parenthood Federation
of America, in a statement shared with Billboard.
“Any insinuation that abortion is Black genocide is offensive
and infantilizing,” Martin-Robinson adds. “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. At Planned Parenthood, we trust and we stand with Black
women who have, and continue to lead the charge when it comes to
the health, rights, and bodily autonomy of those in their
communities.”

To date, West has claimed he is running for president, but it
does not appear he has filed any official paperwork with the
Federal Election Commission; a spokesperson for West has not
responded to multiple requests from Billboardseeking information
about the alleged White House bid and at press time had not
responded to the Planned Parenthood statement.
In a follow-up story on
Forbes, the magazine noted that West’s unsubstantiated claims
are similar to those anti-abortion activists have made for years
attempting to link the organization’s work with founder Margaret
Sanger’s support for eugenics; Forbes noted that in a letter from
1939 frequently cited by right-wing politicians and abortion foes,
Sanger outlined a plan to reach out to black leaders “to help
dispel community suspicions about the family planning clinics she
was opening in the South.â€
Politifact gave the claim that Sanger was a supporter of Black
genocide its worst “Pants
on Fire†rating, claiming that “supposed evidence that
Sanger supported black genocide is a loose collection of her most
objectionable statements, her ties to the disgraced eugenics
movement, and her work on what was called the Negro Project. That
effort, started in 1939, brought birth control services (but not
abortion) to black communities in the South.â€
Last year, West — whose wife, Kim Kardashian-West visited
a PP center to talk to women and dispel the myth that they are
“like this abortion clinic,†calling them an “amazing place
that provides so much to so many!†— made what PP called a
false equivalency between
Plan B and abortion in an interview with radio host Big Boy.
Additionally, in the Forbes interview the rapper explained, “I am
pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible.â€

A 2014 study published by the
Guttmacher Institute disputed the claim that most abortion
clinics are located in predominantly Black or Hispanic
neighborhoods, finding that fewer than 1 in 10 abortion clinics are
located in predominantly Black neighborhoods.
West, who so far has not provided any proof that he’s taken
concrete steps to launch his alleged campaign, has already missed a
number of crucial deadlines to get on the ballot in key states.
While he’s dumped his support for Pres. Trump, West has revealed
a few facts about his long-shot, third-party campaign: his slogan
is “YES!â€, he’s running under the “Birthday Partyâ€
banner, he just registered to vote for the first time this week
after never having voted in any election before, and he’s eager
to reinstate prayer in schools, which has been prohibited by a
Supreme Court ruling for nearly 60 years.

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