‘Saturday Night Live’: Planned Parenthood provides ‘low cost medical advice and care’
NEW YORK CITY, March 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Saturday Night Live described Planned Parenthood as a benevolent medical association that provides “low cost medical advice and care” to women during this weekend's episode.
The remarks came during a skit that featured Bruce (Mike O'Brien) accompanied by his statuesque Venezuelan girlfriend, Marisol (Cecily Strong), to an all-female jewelry party.
Bruce, a “men's rights activist,” had boasted to her that he had just "shut down two Planned Parenthoods."
Guest host Lena Dunham of the HBO series Girls tells the woman that Planned Parenthood is "a place where women can go for low cost medical advice and care."
"That's a good place!" Marisol exclaims after hearing this antiseptic description.
The boyfriend, who is portrayed by the New York screenwriters as a beta male with tiny arms and a pinched voice, admits he was a virgin until meeting her – something scorned by popular culture.
"Sex with you is no good," Marisol says. "I don't like your body. I don't like your face. So, I thinks that maybe you should go. OK, bye-bye."
The women conclude the sketch by mocking Marisol's Hispanic accent and vowing to find "massive guys" for future amorous encounters.
The sketch advances several of Planned Parenthood's chosen messages.
Dunham ignores abortion altogether, although abortion constitutes more than 90 percent of the organization's services to pregnant women. In 2012, Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions and received $540.6 million in taxpayer funding. Meanwhile, it reduced prenatal services by 32 percent and cancer screenings by 14 percent.
“Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion services for women who make the deeply personal decision to end a pregnancy,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said last month.
Before saying he closed two abortion facilities Bruce tells the ladies, “I fight for the right to be paid more if you're a man.” This is a reference to the purported 23-cent pay gap between men and women, a concept CBS News described as “a complete myth.” In fact, unmarried women who have never had a child make more money than unmarried men.
However, Planned Parenthood has stated it plans to spend at least $18 million in the 2014 midterm elections, repeating a message Nancy Pelosi unveiled: that pro-life Congressmen are also waging an economic “war on women.”
The vulgar website Jezebel called Dunham's stint as host "a feminist extravaganza."
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In addition to lauding Planned Parenthood, Dunham performed a skit nude, playing Eve refusing to cover herself with fig leaves after she and Adam committed the first sin in the Garden of Eden.
“Some people complain about the nudity on Girls,” Dunham said in her opening monologue. “But every show has its thing. You know, like Seinfeld had the puffy shirt, Home Improvement had the neighbors talking over the fence, and we have very graphic sex scenes. That’s our thing.”
If it succeeded in purveying feminist propaganda, it failed in other respects. The episode was the second lowest rated SNL program of the season, a 19 percent drop in one week.
Dunham is no stranger to political controversy. In 2012, she made a political ad comparing voting for Barack Obama to having sex.
The ad drew outrage from pro-life and pro-family groups, who called it "flippant," "shallow," and "disturbing."
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