Planned Parenthood has hit back at claims made by rapper Kanye West on Wednesday, that the organization is ‘placed in cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.’
Kanye, 43, made the inflammatory remarks in a controversial interview with Forbes Magazine, where he also states that he is ‘pro-life/ because he’s ‘following the word of the bible.’
However, Nia Martin-Robinson, who is Director of Black Leadership and Engagement at Planned Parenthood, has rebuked the star, calling his claims ‘offensive’ and ‘infantilizing.’
Inflammatory: Kanye West, 43, (above in February this year) claimed in a Wednesday interview that Planned Parenthood is run by white supremacists to do ‘the Devil’s work’
‘Any insinuation that abortion is Black genocide is offensive and infantilizing,’ Nia’s statement began.
‘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.”
Nia added, ‘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.’
Hitting back: Nia Martin-Robinson, who is Director of Black Leadership and Engagement at Planned Parenthood, has rebuked the star, calling his claims ‘offensive’ and ‘infantilizing’
Back in 2017, Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West met with Sue Dunlap, the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, in order for her to form an opinion on the organization and its services.
‘The perception of Planned Parenthood is that it is an abortion clinic; that is nothing what it is like,’ enthused Kim, 39, in the episode, praising the group, while her sister Khloe stated that was pro-choice.
Kim added: ‘Hearing that first hand [women’s stories] really made it real for me.’ She later posted about the experience on Instagram saying she stood with Planned Parenthood.
Advocate: In 2017, Kim and her sisters Khloe and Kourtney visited Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and she later endorsed the organization saying ‘I stand with #PP’
‘My sisters and I visited Planned Parenthood recently and learned that the House of Representatives forced through a bill that strips health care coverage from millions of people and raises health care costs, including Planned Parenthood patients,’ she wrote.
Adding: ‘They are such an amazing place that provides so much to so many! #istandwithpp.’
Kanye has also received a huge backlash for revealing his anti-vaccine stance, telling Forbes: ‘It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed… So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious.’
The rapper also claimed that he had COVID-19 in February this year and took hot showers and watched instructional videos to treat himself. He then referred to any potential COVID vaccine being a ‘mark of the beast.’