There Is Nothing Funny About Abortion

In the midst of a vulgar, over the top “comedy” routine at the annual White House correspondents’ dinner, Michelle Wolf decided to joke about abortion.

Comedian Michelle Wolf attends the Celebration After the White House Correspondents' Dinner hosted by Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf on April 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.

By Michael Brown Published on April 30, 2018

There is nothing the least bit funny about abortion. Not for the baby’s mother. Not for the baby’s father. Not for the abortion workers. And, above all, not for the baby, who is brutally terminated in the womb.

There is nothing funny about the remains of abortion (clinically called the “products of conception”). Nothing funny about the severed parts of tiny humans — little hands and little legs and little eyes. Nothing funny about Planned Parenthood making money off these dismembered babies.

There is nothing funny about the after-effects of abortion. Nothing funny about the grief and guilt experienced by many a mother (and father). Nothing funny about the women who are unable to conceive after an abortion. Nothing to laugh about at all.

Yet in the midst of a vulgar, over the top “comedy” routine at the annual White House correspondents’ dinner, Michelle Wolf decided to joke about abortion.

“Get That Baby Out of There”

This was beyond tasteless. Beyond crass. It’s almost beyond belief.

Speaking of Vice President Pence, she said that he is “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 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.”

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Perhaps Wolf was right to raise the issue of hypocrisy. There have been conservative politicians who allegedly urged their mistress to have an abortion. Perhaps some corrupt preachers have done the same.

But to joke about abortion itself? To joke about using violent means to dislodge a little baby from its mother’s womb? How does one respond to this? To repeat her words: “When you do try it, really knock it. You know, you’ve got to get that baby out of there.”

Would We Tolerate a Holocaust Joke?

How would we respond if she decided to joke about the Holocaust? “You better get those ovens super hot! There are a whole lot of Jewish bodies to burn!”

How would we respond if she decided to joke about slavery? “How many Africans can you cram into the belly of a ship? Don’t worry about overcrowding. You can toss the extras overboard!”

How would we respond if she decided to joke about human trafficking? “You know why selling people is so much better than selling drugs? You can only sell drugs once.”

One of the side-effects of abortion is that it desensitizes a culture. As Mother Teresa famously said, “Abortion kills twice. It kills the body of the baby and it kills the conscience of the mother.” And it kills the conscience of the nation.

We would be horrified with such “jokes.” From the left to the right, we would say, “Off limits! There’s nothing to laugh about here.”

And anyone who was idiotic enough to crack such “jokes” would be universally panned, if not banned.

Why, then, is it OK to joke about abortion? About a decision that is terribly painful for many mothers to make? About a gruesome procedure that slices up or burns up or sucks out a helpless human being from the sanctuary of its mother’s belly?

Killing Our Conscience

Wolf has been rightly criticized for her savage attack on Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But Ben Shapiro was correct to tweet: “The worst part of Michelle Wolf’s garbage performance last night wasn’t her nasty riff on Huckabee Sanders. It was that dumpster fire abortion joke. But few were as offended by her literally celebrating baby killing as they were by her knocking eye shadow.”

One of the side-effects of abortion is that it desensitizes a culture. As Mother Teresa famously said, “Abortion kills twice. It kills the body of the baby and it kills the conscience of the mother.” And it kills the conscience of the nation.

If you wanted any proof for that, look no further than the White House correspondents’ dinner, where a comedian thought it funny to crack a joke about abortion on live national TV. And look no further than the wide scale absence of outrage on the left in response to her “joke.”

Personally, I would love to see the day when Michelle Wolf becomes a passionate pro-life ally. She wouldn’t be the first to make a radical turn.

But for the moment, what we have is shame and woe. Shame for aborting more than 55 million babies. Disgrace for mocking their agony.

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  • DaJuan Hayes

    “Edie, have you ever had an … abortion?”

    “An ABORTION? Oh Coco, I’ve had more kids pulled out of me than a burning orphanage!”

    • John

      “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:13-16

      • michael

        It’s a roast so they are supposed to be rough.

        • Ecominer

          What’s that saying about Karma?

          • michael

            Karma Chameleon

          • Shaune Scott

            Karma isn’t a b*%?h; it’s a mirror.

        • Chip Crawford

          Roasts have gone on in good fun for decades without resorting to brutal abuse. You are not the only one who has accepted the blurring of the line for the “cause” of their hating and resisting. However, all of that remains invalid. The woman had poor writing, likely her own, mainly saying “f…” and spewing gratuitous abuse aimed at the political clime of the crowed.

          • michael

            It’s up to that organization to do their research before picking a comedian. It’s easy to research because you can find videos of semi famous comedians on YouTube

  • Tim Pan

    As Christians we must pray for her soul.

  • Paul

    Surprisingly I have encountered a funny one named the caller abortion. The provider was Rush Limbaugh and it was his ceremonious hang up method on loony callers using the sound of a vacuum IIRC. That was like 20-30 years ago, no funny abortions since.

  • Patmos

    Ms Wolf, gaining the world at the cost of her soul. If only she knew the sheer terror of that foolish transaction. Well, she will someday.

  • Chip Crawford

    That this train wreck of a person could get work at a mainstream event shows once again a new low in our culture. The Trump haters have helped this lowering of the bar. The woman who was in charge continued the sickening as she benignly rubbed Sarah H. Sanders’ back after the shaming and spoke no doubt some tritisms poor Sarah had to negotiate. Then she responded in a CNN round table on it with that toneless smile and citing the 1st Amendment — the answer all, no matter how vile and hurtful. She claimed she knew little of the commedian’s material, had passed through during a rehearsal, but
    didn’t catch anything. Not believed. But 1st Amendment, you know. All’s fair in Trump hater land, Rebellion Central, the Ungovernable Resistance. It is a toxic brew. May their souls be saved in the day of judgment. In the meantime, may the voters eschew all such from office across the land.

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