Chris Rock is an award-winning comedian and an actor, but in one of is recent stand-up performances his callous humor appears to come right out of a skit from the liberal program Saturday Night Live, of which he is an alum.
During a recent Netflix special, Rock compared paying for an abortion to hiring a hitman, akin to something Pope Francis said in an interview last summer. Known for controversy, Rock tackled an issue that many celebrities won’t touch.
At times, however, it’s difficult to determine whether Rock’s comments are sincere or tongue-in-cheek.
“There’s a part of me that’s pro-life,” Rock said on his special, “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.” Using his comedy, he did remind the audience that abortion is “killing a baby.” However …
“I believe women should have the right to kill babies,” Rock sad. “That’s right, I’m on your side. I believe you should have the right to kill as many babies as you want. Kill them all., I don’t give a [expletive]. But let’s not get twisted; it is killing a baby.”
So, is it just a joke, or is it liberal apathy?
“Whenever I pay for an abortion, I request a dead baby,” Rock said. “Sometimes I call up a doctor like a hitman: Is it done?’
Make no mistake about it, Rock assured his audience that he is “absolutely pro-choice” because “I want my daughters to live in a world where they have complete control of their bodies.”
But again, Rock went on what many might interpret as a comedic rant, one that might not be so humorous for the pro-life community.
“I think women should have the right to kill a baby until he’s four years old,” Rock said. “I think you should be able to kill a baby until you get that first report card.”
In an interview last year, Pope Francis said:
“I ask, ‘Is it licit, is it right, to eliminate a human life to solve a problem?’ the pontiff asked. “It’s a human life—that’s science. The moral question is whether it is right to take a human life to solve a problem. Indeed, is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem?”
Last August in a stand-up routine, Rock mocked the practice of abortion by saying, “A safe abortion is an abortion where only one person dies.”
It was a comment that lifenews.com says made the audience a little uncomfortable.
Abortion is the number one killer of human life in the United States, but it is not recognized as such. Nearly 1 million unborn babies are killed in abortions every year, and, in the past 50 years, more than 63 million unborn babies have been aborted.
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