Comedian Chris Rock jabbed at the notion of a “safe abortion” during a comedy set.
Rock performed at the Borgata in Atlantic City on Saturday night — less than one week after his infamous confrontation with Will Smith at the Oscars, Philadelphia Magazine reported. Tickets were selling for as much as $1,000 in the hours before the event, marking a massive surge in demand to see the comedian.
The outlet reported that the “only time the audience seemed to collectively cringe” was when Rock commented on abortion. He mocked the idea of a “safe abortion,” observing that a “safe abortion is an abortion where only one person dies, I guess?”
Rock, however, by no means appears to oppose abortion. Rock reportedly joked that he’s not pro-choice but “pro better choice,” telling women that “if you have to pay for your own abortion, get an abortion.”
The notion that abortion is “safe” — despite the child killed through the procedure — is a common catchphrase. The World Health Organization says that “abortion is a safe health care intervention” when carried out using the appropriate method. Planned Parenthood claims that “both in-clinic and medication abortions are very safe” and that “abortion is one of the safest medical procedures out there.”
Planned Parenthood completed 354,871 “abortion procedures” in 2020, according to the organization’s 2020 annual report. The figure amounts to 972 abortions per day and 41 abortions per hour across the United States. Planned Parenthood, based on those statistics, carries out an abortion every ninety seconds.
Though America’s 862,000 annual abortions represent the leading cause of death in the United States, Planned Parenthood’s abortions alone would represent the third-leading cause of death, followed by COVID-19, accidental deaths, respiratory disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease as of 2020.
Planned Parenthood also reported that taxpayer dollars accounted for $618.1 million of Planned Parenthood’s $1.641 billion in revenues — in other words, federal funds accounted for nearly 38% of the organization’s income.
The Supreme Court is presently considering arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which pertains to a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks gestation. As the Justices prepare to release their verdict, a growing number of lawmakers across the country are filing bills to abolish abortion rather than regulating it through heartbeat acts and cutoffs at various gestational ages.
Texas State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R), for example, introduced a bill that would “ensure the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all unborn children from the moment of fertilization.” In an interview last year, Slaton told The Daily Wire that “to end the outright murder of innocent children, states must be willing to stand up and ban it with or without the Court’s permission.”