Remy Ma has found a new passion project.
After suffering a miscarriage last year, the "All the Way Up" rapper has announced plans to launch a foundation that will help women pay for fertility treatments.
"Last year I found out that I was pregnant, my husband was very excited about it," Remy shared with ET on the red carpet at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Thursday. "I went to the hospital and I found out that I was having an ectopic pregnancy — which is when you're pregnant in your fallopian tubes."
Remy, who has a teenage son from a previous relationship, said that she wouldn’t be able to conceive again without the help of artificial insemination. Despite a potentially steep price tag, the BET Award winning artist and her husband, fellow rapper, Papoose, decided that they were willing to pay whatever it cost to have a baby.
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Throughout the couple’s struggle to conceive, which was first revealed on VH1's Love and Hip Hop: New York, Remy connected with women facing similar reproductive obstacles.
"I had women reaching out to me telling me their stories and I found out that 80 percent of women that have the same issue as me, can't have children because they don’t have the financial means," she explained. "I was really confused because you can use Medicaid, or other government funded programs like Planned Parenthood, to get an abortion, but there’s nothing [to financially assist] women who who would like to conceive."
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Although her motivation isn’t political, Remy included a message for politicians who "claim" to be pro-life.
"You can't get more pro-life than setting up a foundation for women who want to have children," she pointed out.
"I had so much empathy [for these women] because it didn't even cross my mind when I was told how much it cost because I have it," Remy continued. "I never thought ‘what if I didn't have [the money]?'Until I started meeting these women and hearing their stories. These are women who are perfectly healthy, they just have had an issue where they can’t conceive, and they just can't afford it. I would like to do anything in my power to make sure that these women can have children."
For now, the Bronx, New York, native is researching funding opportunities, and figuring out the nuts and bolts of starting a foundation.
"I've started looking into the process, seeing where I can get the funding from," she explained while admitting that the task is already daunting. "So many women who have this issue, I don't even know where to begin."
Nonetheless, Remy has no plans to give up her quest to help other women.
"It's a very touchy subject," she said. "But it's definitely something that is dear to me and close to my heart."
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