Actress Sarah Silverman admitted to Bill Maher that she’s never had an abortion. As it goes, this isn’t that big of a deal. However, she framed it in such a way that makes it seem as though she wishes she had.
(Mediaite) — Comedian Sarah Silverman has made women’s reproductive rights one of the major causes of her life, but on Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher she made a shocking admission: She’s never had an abortion.
While she was [in Texas], she confronted protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, including a 9-year-old girl who was holding a sign that read “Abortion is Bloody Murder.”
“We have to see them as human,” Silverman said, “and hopefully maybe they will see us as human.” When the protesters told her she was going to hell, she replied, “I can’t! I don’t believe in God.”
She said her aim is show these people “a human face to this side that they only know as ‘people who want to murder babies.’ And meanwhile, it’s goo. It’s goo that they’re so worried about. And they’re born, and it’s you’re on your own, slut.”
“And the truth is, and I don’t like to admit this,” Silverman continued, “I’ve never had an abortion and I don’t know if I would. But it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t fight to the death for women to make their own choices for their own human bodies.”
She doesn’t like to admit that she hasn’t? Perhaps even more troubling is her belief that a maturing baby in the womb is just “goo”. Medically and scientifically, this is false. Rhetorically powerful, but wholly false. Referring to the baby as “goo” speaks to part of the larger problem. As far as I can tell, the vast majority of those who identify as pro-choice hold this same inaccurate view. It also contributes as a reason why, by and large, many people will never be pro-life. They’ve been convinced by activists and those who have a financial stake in the abortion industry that it’s not a living human being.