Hollywood stars Sarah Silverman, Michelle Wolf, Margaret Cho, and Amy Schumer have become rich and famous for their over-the-top, profane “comedy.” Since they gravitate toward anything perverse, to say their performances are “cringe-worthy” is being kind.
This certainly best describes their recent political strategy to use distasteful comedy shticks as a means of convincing Americans that “abortion is funny” and no women should hesitate to have one.
At last spring’s White House Correspondent’s dinner, comedienne Michelle Wolf shocked guests when she said that abortion opponents should not “knock it 'til you try it.”
“And when you do try it, really knock it” she added. “You know, you've got to get that baby out of there. And yeah, sure, you can groan all you want. I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion. You know, unless it's the one you got for your secret mistress.”
On her (now cancelled) Netflix show, “The Break,” Wolf celebrated July 4th with a mock “Salute to Abortion” parade, enthusing: “Abortion shouldn't be a luxury. It shouldn't be the new 'I summer in Montauk,' it should be on the dollar menu at McDonald's.”
Amy Schumer — now pregnant with her first child — once riffed in her stand-up routine: “I have an excuse, actually, why I’ve been drinking so much. I haven’t said this out loud yet — this is exciting — I’m drinking for two. Thank you, wow. I mean, just for now. Somebody’s being evicted.”
Such abortion “humor” likely offends most Americans, yet it’s entering the mainstream, part of a highly-coordinated movement to change American culture and remove moral qualms about abortion — particularly among Millennial females. While celebrity comedians promote deranged “make abortion funny” routines, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey are endorsing the #shoutyourabortion” campaign, recently lauded in “O” magazine. Both slogan campaigns are part of a trend with a boldly stated goal: to get people to feel good about abortion. Gone are the days when the pro-choice movement said abortion ought to be “rare.”
The public face of the movement is Lizz Winstead (a co-founder of "The Daily Show") who teamed up with Obama political operatives Arun Chaudhary and Scott Goodstein to launch a nonprofit called Lady Parts Justice League (LPJL).The league sponsors comedy shows and activist events nationwide to galvanize Millennial females into taking action against prolife legislation and legislatures at the federal and state level.
Earlier this year, Sarah Silverman headlined a telethon event hosted by LPJL in which performers acted out a charade against a proposed law in Oklahoma that would prevent baby body parts from being used in manufactured food products. (The law in question was created in response to a claim that a food lab was considering using embryonic stem cells to create artificial flavors.) After the charade, Sarah Silverman yelled out, “if anything has ever made me want to eat an aborted fetus, it’s this law.”
Following another charade performance, Silverman responded again on cue and stated: “F****** funerals for f****** aborted fetuses? I would like to speak at those funerals. He lived the way he died. He died the way he lived. The size of a sesame seed with no discerning brain function.”
Winstead’s newest partner is none other than porn-star Stormy Daniels, who headlined as the “new face of feminism” at LPJL’s recent star-studded “Golden Probe Awards” in New York’s Town Hall. Margaret Cho, who proudly brags about having an abortion and used sacrilegious humor to post on Twitter “God created abortion,” served as the host. Vanity Fair covered the event and followed up with a favorable profile promoting Daniels.
Winstead’s LPJL is fueling the "Expose Fake Clinics" harassment campaign which aims to shut down pregnancy clinics which offer abortion alternatives, claiming their existence is responsible for the guilt and shame surrounding abortion. This hostile grassroots movement is gaining steam and has attracted liberal heavyweight New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is using state funds to run a publicity campaign called "Know Your Options" which steers women to abortion providers. Cuomo stated in his press release that he is "combat[ting] the insidious spread of misleading, medically inaccurate information about reproductive health."
If successful, these attacks will limit women’s access to real choice. Prolife pregnancy centers provide life-saving services to hundreds of thousands of women across the country, of all backgrounds, regardless of their political leanings. At the over 2,700 pregnancy centers nationwide, women can receive pregnancy tests, counseling, accurate ultrasounds with a licensed technician, assistance in applying for government aid, referrals to doctors and maternity homes, diapers, baby clothes, parenting classes, and post-abortion counseling — free and privately funded. But choosing to parent or make an adoption plan threatens the abortion industry’s profits and Winstead’s goal to “Make Abortion Great Again.”
Common-sense Americans ought to rally around pregnancy centers and Hollywood needs to push back against Winstead et al. Aborting an unborn baby was a laughing matter for a sociopath and convicted serial killer, Philadelphia’s Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who, after snipping the spinal cord of a near-term baby who survived an abortion, joked with his staff, “This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.’” Do women really want to laugh along with him?
Maria McFadden Maffucci is the editor of the Human Life Review, www.humanlifereview.com, a quarterly journal devoted to the defense of human life, founded in 1974 by her father, James P. McFadden, Associate Publisher of National Review. She is President of the Human Life Foundation, based in midtown Manhattan, which publishes the Review and supports pregnancy resource centers. Mrs. Maffucci’s articles and editorials have appeared in the Human Life Review, First Things, National Review Online, National Review, Verily, and Crux. A Holy Cross graduate with a BA in Philosophy, she is married to Robert E. Maffucci, and the mother of three children. Her interests include exploring opportunities for individuals with special needs. To read more of her reports — Click Here Now.
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