Pro-Life Advocates Upset by Damon Wayans Forced Abortion YouTube Video

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 24, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates Upset by Damon Wayans Forced Abortion YouTube Video

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 24
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Some pro-life advocates are upset by a new video appearing on YouTube that portrays a fictitious scenario of a man assaulting a woman and causing her to have an abortion.

However, other pro-life advocates say the video may aide the cause by showing how abortion has resulted in an increase an violence against pregnant women like Laci Peterson.

Actor Damon Wayans posted the YouTube video of himself dressed in a superhero costume and taking the name "Abortion Man."

The video depicts Wayans who comes to the “rescue” of a young man who has fathered a child.

In the two-minute sketch, the superhero physically assaults the mother until the baby is finally “kicked” out. The jubilant father says: “Thanks, Abortion Man. You saved my life!”

The Catholic pro-life group Fidelis called on YouTube to remove the controversial video, which has already accumulated over 141,000 views.

“Damon Wayans apparently thinks that beating a pregnant woman is funny," Fidelis president Brian Burch told "Making light of the physical assault of women is not only in poor taste, but actually promotes criminal activity."

“The sick attempt at comedy is especially troubling since the amount of violence towards pregnant women has increased in recent years. In fact, Americans well remember that Scott Peterson killed his wife, Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant when she was last seen on Christmas Day, 2002,” Burch added.

But leading pro-life advocate Jill Stanek says she’s heard from numerous readers of her blog who say the video is satirical.

Stanek says the argument that Wayans’ video is meant as a critique of abortion and attacks on pregnant women could have some validity.

"Could they be right?" Stanek asked. "The more I think about it, the more I agree with these guys."

"Abortion Man is an indictment against drive-by fathers. It hyperbolizes coerced abortions," she added and contends it puts the video in a new light if its point is to satirize the violence inflicted on pregnant women and unborn children.

Either way, Burch says the public needs to be better informed about the "dark secret" that "some men love abortion because it eliminates any responsibility they have as fathers."

"Abortion makes babies a woman’s problem. And even this video won’t deny the most obvious truth: Abortion ends a baby’s life,” he said.

Damon Wayans started his career as a stand-up comic and he has appeared in several movies, including The Last Boy Scout and Major Payne. From 2001 to 2005, he starred in the ABC sitcom My Wife and Kids.