Teen Vogue has published an article about an “abortion comedy tour,” drawing criticism from pro-life supporters.
In a July 18 opinion piece, Solange Azor wrote for the publication about the Lady Parts Justice League, a comedy tour she interned with in 2017.
“Lady Parts Justice League is a grassroots, comedy driven, pro-abortion organization founded by comedian and activist Lizz Winstead in 2015,” Azor said. “They are a group of comedians and performers who use their art to raise awareness about the erosion of reproductive rights.
“Consequently, their style of comedy varies from staging counter protests at fake abortion clinics to posting online memes about harmful legislation in the United States.”
Azor said she was “slightly hesitant” of the group’s mission to use comedy in abortion politics, but she said the “Vagical Mystery Tour” uses “laughter to bring people in, and then takes that opportunity to remind them that every person has the capacity to be an advocate.”
The group shouts back at pro-life supporters who may be protesting at clinics and “make jokes out of the situation.” The group also volunteers with the clinic if needed.
“What makes Lady Parts Justice League critical in the current political moment is their ability to push both anti-abortion and pro-choice advocates to be unapologetically supportive of women that choose to obtain abortions, no matter what their reasons,” Azor said.
Cassy Fiano-Chesser, a blogger at Live Action, however, wrote in response to the opinion piece that abortion isn’t funny.
“Teen Vogue applauded the comedy tour for bringing ‘joy, pleasure, and relief’ to discussions on the topic — even though there is nothing joyful about a woman in a situation so dire that she feels she has no choice but to take the life of her preborn child,” she said.
“Are these the messages that young girls need to be hearing?” she added. “This kind of extremism has no place in a publication marketed towards children, and yet, that’s exactly what Teen Vogue continues to do.”
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
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