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What can Nick Cannon and Nicki Minaj teach us about abortion?

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One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, yet in pop culture accurate portrayals of real people’s stories are rare. In this special interview, two reproductive justice advocates listen and discuss two songs: Nick Cannon’s ‘Can I Live?’ and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Autobiography’, and ask: what messages are pop songs sending about reproductive health issues?


  • Alicia Walters, Movement Building Director at Forward Together
  • Samara Azam-Yu, Executive Director at ACCESS Women’s Health Justice

Host, Producer: Jasmin Lopez

Editor: George Lavender



This story was originally created as part of a joint reporting project on reproductive rights in pop culture. It has been updated with new resources by partnership with Ms. Magazine.

This work is part of a Media Consortium collaboration made possible in part by a grant from the Voqal Fund.



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