July 21, 2020

Kanye West at Campaign Stop Talks about Abortion Conversations with His Wife; Says Abortion Shouldn't be Banned

Kanye West Campaigning in North Carolina
screen capture from Associated Press video
Kanye West made a campaign stop in North Charleston, North Carolina this weekend for his announced presidential bid, in which he spoke about his thoughts and experiences regarding abortion; both as a son and a father. At the same time, West maintained that abortion should remain legal.

"And for one month, and two months and three months, we talked about her not having this child. [Kim Kardashian] had pills in her hand. You know, these pills you take it and it's a wrap — the baby is gone."

"She said, 'We are going to have this child,’” West said, describing a later phone conversation they had. “I know people who are 50 years old who don't have a child. 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. She stood up and she protected that child.”

"Forty-three years ago, who do you think protected a child? My mom saved my life," Kanye said. "My dad wanted to abort me! My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy!" West broke down as he spoke about the parallels between his father's actions and his own.

“I almost killed my daughter!” West emotionally confessed, crying. “I love my daughter!”

At the same time, West argued that abortion should remain legal. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kanye suggested financial incentives for mothers to keep their babies. “Everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars,” he said as a (fairly unrealistic) example.

West's presidential bid has confused many. He has missed the filing deadlines to appear on the ballots of several states, he reportedly did not have permission from his wife to discuss their conversations about abortion publicly, and entertainment news sites have reported that "sources close to the family" believe that Kanye is in the middle of a severe bipolar episode but won't seek professional help.