Published On: Mon, Mar 10th, 2014

Saturday Night Live skit targets ‘grass roots activist’ for shutting down Planned Parenthood

In a skit more politically charged than designed for humor, ‘grass-roots activist’ Bruce discovers he’s the only male at a jewelry party with his date, played by Lena Durham.

While the jabs at Bruce are endless, the audience sounds a little put off by the stereotype of Bruce’s job to advocate for male rights (men should get paid more than women) when it’s revealed two Planned Parenthood clinics were shutdown.

This is a headline from this week as two clinics were closed this last week in Texas.

The explanation and defense of Planned Parenthood is that they provide women with “low-cost medical advice and care.”

There is no mention of the driving opposition to Planned Parenthood as the largest abortion provider in the US. According to its annual report, Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions per year in their “more than 750 health centers.” The report linked below contrasts that total with the 2,300 adoption referrals to other agencies.

Reports are noting the odd skit and mixed response from the live audience who does not laugh at the Planned Parenthood comments.

Here’s the 2011 Planned Parenthood fact sheet  – read it HERE

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  1. Hotcakes says:

    Thanks for the sensible commentary, Laura. As the host for the night, a lot of people are blaming Lena Durham for this skit… It was too dumb (in every possible angle) to be considered offensive per se, except for the one big no no – there weren’t any jokes. On a supposed comedy show. I’d love to know who was responsible for writing it.

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