Nicki Minaj Haunted By Her Abortion

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Rapper Nicki Minaj admitted to Rolling Stone that she still thought about the abortion she had in high school. Opening up on a subject that has been the center of fan speculation for some time, Minaj said, “I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.” She goes on to say that, though she doesn’t regret her decision, it had “haunted” her ever since.

While I applaud Minaj for speaking on such a dark subject with honesty, there is a sad disconnect between her words and her actions. I don’t insist that every star embrace their “role model” status, but it is lamentable that a woman who knows so well the dangers of teen promiscuity would promote sexuality to the extent she does. Minaj has built her entertainment career on pandering to the lowest common denominator, pushing sex to a degree even the oversexualized music industry has seldom seen.

Promoting the Wrong Values

Her top hits include “Anaconda” (“P***y put his ass to sleep, now he calling me Nyquil”), “Starships” (“But f**k who you want, and f**k who you like”), and “Super Bass” (“When he give me that look then the panties comin’ off”), all of which promote the kind of promiscuity that led to her “haunting” decision. No, Nicki Minaj is under no obligation to use her platform to change culture for the better…but why not do that when given the opportunity? Especially when you know so well the consequences of casual sex?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans make up 36.2% of abortion patients in the United States, a statistic made startling by the fact that they comprise only 12.6% of the population. And though teen pregnancy rates are on the decline, 2010 still saw more than 600,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant. Approximately 77% of teen pregnancies are unplanned.

The Untold Stories

Women have the “right to choose” in 21st century America, but the sorrow Minaj describes is an under-reported side effect of that freedom. A recent study of California Medicaid patients found that women who had abortions were 160% more likely than woman who gave birth to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first three months after the event. The study went on to say that psychiatric treatment rates remained higher for at least four years after the abortion.

The left has won the war on abortion; nothing short of a miracle would turn back that tide. But in their quest for freedom, they’ve ignored the consequences. The pro-choice movement promotes abortion as just another women’s health procedure, downplaying the psychological effects with every tool in their arsenal. And the media has embraced the declining rates of teen pregnancy without acknowledging that the problem is still immense.

Nicki Minaj’s stance in her lyrics may not have the slightest effect on teen behavior one way or the other, but it is nonetheless an appalling celebration of the sexual culture that has dominated the country for at least two decades. And as illuminated in her interview, she should know better.