Michelle Wolf segment shows ignorance of abortion debate

Caroline Lozano/Opinion Director 

Last week, comedian Michelle Wolf made controversy when she joked about abortion in a segment on her Netflix comedy show, “The Break.”

In the segment, she discussed how abortion is basically “stopping a baby from happening” and went on to attack the pro-life movement, stating that “pro-life is a propaganda term that isn’t real.” 

Wolf then ended the segment with a “salute to abortion” while donned in red, white, and blue and proclaimed to a cheering crowd that men will try to control women’s ability to give life.

Now, before I continue, I would like to mention that I am a firm supporter of the pro-life movement. I believe wholeheartedly that life begins at conception and should be protected at all stages.

However, I also understand the arguments presented by the pro-choice movement, as a former pro-choicer myself, and know for a fact that Wolf’s celebratory attitude towards abortion does not reflect the views of either side.

It was highly disturbing to watch Wolf attempt to downplay abortion as something as simple as ordering food, as seen when she stated on the segment that it should be “on the dollar menu at McDonald’s.”

By watering down the act of abortion, Wolf blatantly ignores the complexities and consequences that surround it, including the testimonies of survivors and countless women who’ve regretted undergoing the procedure.

Being pro-choice, to my understanding, does not actually mean supporters should celebrate tor downplay the act of abortion rather, it is about celebrating women’s choice.

Also, her assertion that supporters of the pro-life movement are uncaring and “anti-woman” could not be any more flawed.

The pro-life movement wants the best for both the mother and child. It is made up of hard-working people from all backgrounds who believe in the right to life. It is not some patriarchal conspiracy to control women, despite the constant insistence that it is.

The arguments presented on Wolf’s tasteless and ignorant segment will only hurt her in the end.

Whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, abortion should not be seen as a sacrament or a badge of honor. It should not be a cause for celebration nor should it be viewed as a form of female empowerment.

It’s a very serious act that ends with the termination of a human life. It’s morally detestable. No amount of jokes, puns, and dishonest statements from Wolf or those who agree with her will ever change this.

 

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2 Comments on "Michelle Wolf segment shows ignorance of abortion debate"

  1. Nicholas Green | July 20, 2018 at 2:12 AM | Reply

    Telling others how they should feel and how the way they currently feel is wrong? How delightfully authoritarian.

  2. Michelle Wolf is a comedian and this is her type of humor. Not sure how someone goes from being pro-choice to pro-life, it’s almost always the opposite. Like everyone, you’re entitled to your opinion, but I do believe that pro-lifers are fundamentally anti-women because they actively work to restrict a woman’s right to choose to abort a fetus. Saying it is morally detestable is a perfect example. You’re shaming women who have made this choice, are considering this choice, or who will make this choice in the future. People should have the right to choose what happens to their bodies, it is that simple.

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