Ben Johnson


Conan O'Brien has a laugh at Planned Parenthood's expense

Ben Johnson

HOLLYWOOD, February 14, 2013, ( – Network television broadcasts pro-life jokes as often as Billy Graham quotes Lisa Lampanelli. But the unthinkable happened last week on Conan O'Brien's late night television program.

The late-night comedian had a laugh at Planned Parenthood's expense on Conan, which airs on TBS.

In a two-part skit, Conan aired a segment purporting to show an unborn “fetus” running away after learning its parents were reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West. The baby runs frantically until it arrives outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, when the child freezes and slowly backs away.

“It's awkward,” Conan said.

A cultural critic has remarked that the silly skit drove home an important point. “The audience laughs, and it’s clear that Planned Parenthood is the one place where unborn babies aren’t safe,” wrote Angela Lu in World magazine.

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The reality of the unborn has had an important effect on the Kardashian family. In 2009, Kim's sister Kourney chose to have her baby after reading the testimonies of post-abortive women. “I was sitting on the bed hysterically crying, reading these stories of people who felt so guilty from having an abortion," she told People magazine.

Conan, too, has addressed abortion on his program.

Last year, Chelsea Handler burst into uncomfortable laughter while discussing her abortion with Conan.

The relevant Kimye segment may be seen here

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