Pro-Life Leaders Criticize SNL for Making Light of Abortion in Pro-Choice Segment

Milton Quintanilla | Contributor for | Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Pro-Life Leaders Criticize SNL for Making Light of Abortion in Pro-Choice Segment

Pro-Life Leaders Criticize SNL for Making Light of Abortion in Pro-Choice Segment

Saturday Night Live drew backlash after its recent broadcast promoted abortions through a comedy sketch with a clown who had an abortion.

According to Faithwire, the skit featured “Goober the Clown,” played by actress and comedian Cecily Brown, who has been a cast member on the late-night show since 2012.

The segment was a part of the “Weekend Update” portion of the show. During the segment, cast member and “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost noted the Supreme Court heard arguments last week on Texas’ heartbeat bill, which bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

After Jost’s remarks, Goober, who was wearing a top hat, spinning bow tie and red clown nose, appeared in the scene to joke around and talk about her abortion experience. After spraying Jost with a flower water gun, sparking laughter from the studio audience, Goober revealed that she had had an abortion just before she turned 23.

“I had an abortion the day before my 23rd birthday!” the clown proclaimed.

The controversial segment remained centered on “clown abortion concerns” as a way to drive home the comedian’s point that all people should have access to abortions.

“I wish I didn’t have to do this, because the abortion I had at 23 is my personal clown business, but that’s all some people in this country want to discuss all the time,” Goober said before citing several abortion-related statistics.

“Did you know one in three clowns will have a clown abortion in her lifetime? You don’t because they don’t tell you,” the Goober asserted. “They don’t even know how to talk to other clowns about it!”

Towards the end of the performance, Goober made a case for abortion, asserting that her abortion affected the trajectory of her life and career.

“I know I wouldn’t be a clown on TV here today if it weren’t for the abortion I had the day before my 23rd birthday,” she said.

The skit was applauded by members of the audience as well as from pro-choice groups online.

“So much love to Cecily Strong for sharing her abortion story.” Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio tweeted. “This is so honest & powerful.”

Our stories power our fights for justice and freedom — even when, no joke, they make us laugh, too. Thanks, Cecily,” wrote Planned Parenthood President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson.

Pro-life leaders, on the other hand, found the SNL skit to be tactless.

Jeanne F. Mancini, the President of March For Life, an annual rally and march in protest of abortion, tweeted, “Taking the life of an unborn child isn’t a laughing matter. Not for the mother or the baby.”

“Sacrificing your child to play a clown on SNL. Not worth it,” Live Action Founder and President Lila Rose added.

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.