Comedian Michelle Wolf, who gained notoriety for trying to make abortion funny, is back at it. In her Netflix comedy special Joke Show, Wolf tries to explain how empowering her abortion was, joining the trend among abortion activists of “shouting” their abortions.
In Wolf’s latest attempt at incendiary comedy, she said talking about your abortion should be like talking “about your gluten allergy.” She continued, “And a lot of people think that even if you’re allowed to get abortions, it should only be for a very few specific reasons. Well, I think you should be able to get an abortion for any reason you want.”
When her comment was met with applause, Wolf went on to ridicule people who think abortion is a “big deal” or think mothers should “take [their] time making the decision.” She claimed, “It can be any deal you want it to be.” If it’s a big deal, “it’s a big deal. If it’s not, it’s not.”
Wolf then said undergoing her own abortion wasn’t a big deal and bemoaned that mothers “feel like you should have this sense of shame after you get an abortion.” After this, she quipped “you can feel any way you want after an abortion. Get one! See how you feel.”
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Wolf then queried the audience, “You know how my abortion made me feel? Very powerful.” Not done shouting her abortion, Wolf continued, “You know how people say you can’t play God? I walked out of there being like, ‘Move over Morgan Freeman, I am God!’” referring to Freeman’s role as God in the film Bruce Almighty.
As usual, Wolf’s attempts to make light of abortion misses important facts. While Wolf claims abortion can be “no big deal” and pokes fun at mothers who regret an abortion, many women experience PTSD-type symptoms after their abortions, sometimes referred to as post-abortion syndrome.
Abortion violently ends the life of a preborn child and many mothers experience coercion, whether relational or economic, that pushes them toward an abortion decision. These conditions are anything but empowering for women, and joking about abortion as “no big deal” is in poor taste, to say the least. As much as abortion activists want to shout their abortions they can’t change the reality of abortion, which is the destruction of innocent human life.
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