Days ago, NARAL Pro-Choice America released a video spoof of Jerry Seinfeld’s show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” They called it “Comedians in Cars Getting Abortions,” and it’s angering people on both sides of the abortion debate.
In the video, actors Alice Wetterlund and Nato Green (who are apparently comedians), head off to get an abortion. As they get ready to start their journey, they see a young child slapping his father. Wetterlund comments that she doesn’t want a child because “we don’t need more of this in the world,” referring to the child.
Along the way, the pair face problems that make it appear that it’s difficult to get an abortion in the United States. The narrative, however, fails to mention the fact that there are nearly 3,000 abortions every day in the United States.
First, they drive to an abortion facility that is now closed; and then they mistake a pregnancy resource center for an abortion clinic. The woman volunteering at the pregnancy center tells them that at eight weeks the baby is able to recognize iPhone passwords. She also mocks Christianity and Jesus.
Finally, the pair find an abortion clinic, but they can’t actually get an abortion.
“We can’t just let you have an abortion,” the abortionist says. The abortionist then tells the actors that if they want an abortion procedure, they should go to Canada instead.
Contrary to NARAL’s misrepresentation, scheduling an abortion in the United States is quicker than scheduling most any other surgical procedure. A patient cannot walk into the doctor’s office and expect to get a tumor removed or a tooth extracted in a moment’s notice.
The duo is then shown a completely inaccurate photo of a baby at 15 weeks.
The video was meant to be funny; however, folks aren’t laughing. Pro-choicers and pro-lifers reacted with outrage that anyone would think abortion is funny.
@heatherwilhelm I am pro-choice.
That is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen.
— rb0786 (@bayo0786) July 13, 2016
— Five Card Charlie (@KC_Rounder) July 13, 2016
Comments on the actual video YouTube page included:
“This was pretty awful in every way imaginable — a deeply serious topic no matter which side of it one is on, reduced to several unfunny punchlines. I can only guess that NARAL was going for the boring-poem-about-bored effect, but they end up undermining their own argument. Repugnant and loopy.” – Whatswongnow
“Garbage. If your job was to swing a pro choice conservative immediately to team pro life, you were successful” – Ryan Williams
“This ad was put out by NARAL. As a person against abortion, thank you NARAL! This is the best commercial the anti-abortion people could ever have. Since you probably get government money and the anti- abortion side could probably not afford this, thank you for being so kind as to make this for them.” -Clyde Cavalieri