Comedian Chris Rock Calls Abortion "Beautiful," Set to Host Oscars

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 14, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Comedian Chris Rock Calls Abortion "Beautiful," Set to Host Oscars Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 14, 2005

Los Angeles, CA ( — Comedian Chris Rock is the subject of national controversy following recent remarks he made during a comedy routine. Rock, slated to host the Oscars next month, promoted abortion in a profane rant, according to a Drudge Report article.

"Abortion, it’s beautiful, it’s beautiful abortion is legal. I love going to an abortion rally to pick up women, cause you know they are f——," Rock said during his club routine.

Dorinda Bordlee, an attorney with Americans United for Life, has seen the comedy routine and says it is meant as a parody.

"Rock’s routine is actually a parody which uses humor to make the point of how legalized abortion facilitates the sexual exploitatation of women," Bordlee told

"Chris Rock uses the effective tool of satire to show that abortion on demand has made women more into sex objects than we’ve ever been in the history of the world," Bordlee explains.

In fact, Rock talks about women who he says flippant choose abortion, when he opines, "It costs $5,000 to deliver a baby. It costs $1,500 to have an abortion. Face it: It’s either Jimmy or cable."

While Rock may understand the concept that pro-life advocates have been presenting for years, the politically charged comedian still backs abortions.

In his 1997 book "Rock This," the comedian says, "Abortion [is] a women’s issue. We should have separate Supreme Courts: one for men, one for women. It’s bad enough that a bunch of men get to vote on abortion. I wouldn’t want a bunch of women voting on what I could do with my [testicles]."

This isn’t the first time the abortion part of his routine has brought him criticism.

Rock was heckled in 2001 at Carnegie Hall when he went into the abortion monologue.

"Abortion should be legal until the kid’s 6 years old and you see that first report card" didn’t win any fans.

Oscar telecast procuder Gil Cates chose Rock to host the Oscars to boost ratings. According to Drudge, leading members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are concerned about the choice of Rock as the host of the awards show.

The abortion comments follow on the heels of a recent interview in which the comedian blast the Oscars.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rock claimed: "I never watched the Oscars. Come on, it’s a fashion show. What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one!"

Gates, however, was apologetic.

"Chris’s comments over the past few weeks are meant to be humorous digs at a show that some people, obviously including Chris himself, think may be a bit too stuffy

According to the Drudge report, Rock said his comments were taken outof context.

The awards show is set to air February 27.