In its latest attempt to deny the basic dignity of all human life, NARAL Pro-Choice America has created a video entitled “Comedians in Cars Getting Abortions.” If you can believe it, someone thought it would be a great idea to present a lighthearted take on abortion. Yes, that’s right – they made a comedy sketch that plays off of Jerry Seinfeld’s popular web series in which he drives around in vintage cars with comedians getting coffee, not abortions, perhaps because he isn’t a sociopath.
In a matter of only six minutes, the sketch manages to make a mockery not only of unborn children, but also women, Christians, doctors, proven medical science, the homeless, and the mentally ill. The video also demonstrates that if the abortion lobby had its way, the procedure would be as normalized and innocuous as having a tooth removed.
The video follows two low-rate comedians, Alice Wetterlund and Nato Green, probably pulled from an amateur improv club in San Francisco. Our two heroes ride around in a red Prius pretending that they’re unable to get an abortion in a country where abortion on-demand has become the law of the land. In addition to having crabby personalities in general, they also seem to have little to no regard for human life. “Also, I mean, look at that kid,” Alice says, pointing out the window to a crying toddler. As the latest cutting-edge research has recently concluded, this child is indeed a living human being who is growing and developing via cellular reproduction. “We don’t need more of those in the world!” she shouts. Yeah, whose idea was it in the first place to have all these cumbersome human beings? Since we don’t owe any kind of responsibilities to them, let’s get rid of them in a way that we’ll just leave unmentioned! Oh but wait, why would a toddler be related to your problem?
In an irrefutable argument that rivals the clarity and eloquence of Aristotle, Alice declares, “I want an abortion because my body is doing a thing right now, that is not incubating a person, and I would like it to continue doing that thing. It’s my choice. OK?!” Ah yes, of course! This is clearly someone who understands the incredible nuance of the abortion debate, and yet she plows through it all with watertight moral reasoning.
First off, if your body isn’t “incubating a person,” then what precisely is it doing? Why would an abortion help your body stop not gestating that inconvenient non-person? How did you find yourself in this situation anyway? Isn’t it just the darndest thing when your body randomly starts not creating a non-person?
The video moves on through a series of “jokes” that don’t help NARAL whatsoever. At one point, Nato nonchalantly says “everyone’s getting an abortion one month after the Coachella festival.” LOL! Next, our protagonists arrive at a crisis pregnancy center staffed by an idiotic Christian who draws exclusively from the Bible to justify her beliefs. Nice, this will show how dimwitted those pro-lifers are for believing that unborn fetuses are actually human beings! Let’s see what the standard medical textbook, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, has to say: “Human life begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete, or sperm, unites with a female gamete, or oocyte (ovum), to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. […] A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).”
The actors then go to the “real” pregnancy center, where Alice is told that if she wants an abortion, she’ll have to go “somewhere where it’s legal, like Canada.” Yes, since abortion is completely inaccessible in America, home of legal second- and third-trimester abortions. Compare this with progressive European countries like Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, and Finland, where abortions are prohibited after 12 weeks.
While being shown pictures of unborn children at different levels of development—forced upon the abortion clinic by fictional government regulations that do actually exist in northern Europe—Alice frantically grabs a white sheet of paper. “That’s what I want. I want a blank one. Just nothing at all.”
For decades, pro-choicers have had to fervently deny that abortion involves a human child. Groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood cannot hide from the truth any longer. They must admit that each and every abortion kills an individual human organism. Their response: “So what?” Apparently ending the life of an unborn child is now a fundamental right, an empowerment to women, and a good in and of itself. I and the pro-life movement firmly believe that the unborn and their mothers deserve better than this.
It is time for the abortion lobby to drop its “comedy” act of blasé moral perversion. It is time for organizations like NARAL to stop exploiting the millions of women who have suffered from the emotional, spiritual, and physical trauma of abortion. And most importantly, it is time for our culture to affirm the inviolable dignity of each and every member of our human community.