By Jonathon Van Maren
Ever since the trash-talking (and over-rated) George Carlin used his comedy stand-up tours to engage in longwinded and profanity-laced defences of abortion, edgy comedians seeking to shock and offend have followed in his footsteps in an attempt to use their platforms to fire up support for feticide. Sarah Silverman triggered widespread outrage in 2012 when she tweeted out a photograph of her flat stomach and the caption: “Got a quickie aborsh in case R v W gets overturned.” She later admitted that her abortion jokes weren’t funny — but she’s certainly not the only one giving them a try.
Many late-night hosts go for abortion jokes, as well, but they have so transparently abandoned neutrality and so brazenly embraced Planned Parenthood’s agenda that they can scarcely be called comedians. Samantha Bee returns to the subject obsessively and peppers her performance with outright lies about abortion. Chelsea Handler devotes a good deal of time to it as well and has used her own prior abortions to lend credibility to her position. Michelle Wolf got explicit at last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner while mocking Mike Pence: “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 really got to get that baby out of there.”