Nia Long Urges Women To Be Responsible When Making The Decision To Become A Parent


Nia Long addressed some of the criticism she has received for appearing to celebrate her choice to have her children before marriage on the cover of Essence magazine.

Long expressed that she is in favor of proper family planning and also explained that she makes responsible choices to ensure that her boys are safe–emotionally and financially.

Long did say that she is not doing the parenting alone as she has an involved co-parent. She told The Root:

“I think women need to be responsible before making the choice [to become a parent] and do it for the right reasons. If you’re going to have a baby to save a relationship, that doesn’t work. If you’re going to have a baby to collect a check from someone else, that’s not the right thing. You have to be responsible and be able to stand on your own.”

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