Salt-N-Pepa Singer Rejected Demand to Have Abortion to Save Her Singing Career

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 9, 2023   |   6:00PM   |   Washington, DC

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Cheryl James of the hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa opened up Tuesday about how the entertainment industry tried to pressure her to abort her daughter.

In an interview Tuesday with the Tamron Hall Show, James said her daughter was one of the best things that ever happened to her, AceShowbiz reports.

James, the “Salt” of the group, and Sandra Denton, or “Pepa,” spoke with Hall about how they balanced their careers with raising their children even though many in the entertainment industry told them that they could not do both.

James said she faced pressure to choose her career over her children, even to the point where someone from the industry urged her to have an abortion, according to ABC Audio.

“I don’t think I’ve ever said this out loud, oooh, Tamron! I was actually asked to have an abortion,” James said. “I won’t say by who – but to your point, yeah, you just have to know that it’s something that you’re capable of handling if you want a kid and you want to have a career. And it’s definitely harder.”

Despite the struggles, James, 57, said it was worth it because her children are one of the most important things in her life.

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“Having my daughter, besides finding Jesus, is the best thing that I’ve ever experienced, my kids,” she said. “Like, I needed that lil’ baby in my life, you know? She kept me company on the road.”

Denton told Hall that the entertainment industry discourages motherhood, but women can do both.

“And that was why we are true to who we are,” Denton said. “They could recognize ’cause we wanted to be moms and we was moms. We said, ‘We can do it’ and whatever came my way, I handled it, which was taking the good with the bad … ’cause someone has to do it! When they think it can’t, they panic, the labels and people. ‘Oh my god, how are you gonna? The sales! Sales, sales!’ But you know, we did it.”

Other celebrities have shared similar stories about the pressure female entertainers face to abort their unborn babies. Earlier this year, former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Kaya Jones opened up about the “train of trauma” she suffered after having three abortions as a young woman. Jones described the entertainment industry as almost like a sex trafficking ring that objectifies women and girls and, when they become pregnant, pressures them to abort their unborn babies. Later, Jones said she found forgiveness and healing in Christ.