The former president of Planned Parenthood says she was not amused by a joke about abortion told by Michelle Wolf at Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner.
But, Cecile Richards added, Wolf did score with a point about the hypocrisy of some male politicians who've railed against abortion while secretly blessing the procedure to rid their mistresses of love children.
"She's a comedian, that was her job," Richards, a pro-choice activist who ran Planned Parenthood for 12 years, said Monday to Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day."
But "this isn't a topic I make jokes about because, of course, I see what women face in this country, just to access this care -- and how much stigma and shame there already is in America."
During her raucous monologue before a room of reporters and politicos, Wolf said Vice President Mike Pence "is also very anti-choice -- he thinks abortion is murder. Which, first of all, don't knock it 'til you try it. And when you do try it, really knock it -- you got to get that baby out of there."
The flame-haired comic also quipped: "I know a lot of you are very anti-abortion unless it's the one you got for your secret mistress."
Richards said the latter crack by Wolf was "making the point that a lot of the folks, male politicians in particular, who rail against access to safe and legal abortion do so until it's something that they actually find benefits themselves."
The most recent politician caught in such a scandal was former Rep. Tim Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican, who resigned last October after revelations that he had pressured a woman he was in an affair with to have an abortion.
Wolf has been under heavy fire for her take-no-prisoners delivery, which also tweaked President Donald Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
But she told Terry Gross in an interview airing Tuesday on NPR's "Fresh Air": "I wouldn't change a single word that I said. I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns."
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