Black Pro-Life Leader Criticizes Damon Wayans’ Forced Abortion Video

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Black Pro-Life Leader Criticizes Damon Wayans’ Forced Abortion Video

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 29
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Actor Damon Wayans is getting more criticism for a YouTube video depicting actors staging an attack on a pregnant woman in an attempt to kill her unborn child. Pro-life advocates have been debating whether the video is a sick promotion of abortion or a satirical criticism.

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!”

As previously reported, the Catholic pro-life group Fidelis criticized the video while pro-life blogger Jill Stanek said she can see how it’s a dark criticism of abortion and attacks on women like Laci Peterson.

On Tuesday, black pro-life leader Day Gardner, the head of the National Black Pro-Life Union, said she found the video insensitive.

"Unfortunately, it is a misguided attempt at being funny," she told

"Let’s think about the story line here — a young woman is happily looking forward to becoming a mother when she is unexpectedly attacked, brutally beaten, punched in the abdomen and then stomped on until her crying baby is aborted," she explained.

"The truth is the YouTube video depicts the growing number of violent attacks on pregnant women and their unborn children. The video is not only insensitive and demeaning but also downright stupid," Gardner added.

Gardner went further in her criticism by saying the video depicts African-Americans in a poor light — reminding her of the early roles they were given in Hollywood as ignorant and simpleminded or maids caring for white children.

"The Abortion Man video reminded me of those old studio days," she said.

She said that is especially the case given the high number of criminal cases involving black on black crime and pregnant women.

"It seems no matter how far we’ve come — no matter how educated we are – no matter how talented and successful black ‘Hollywood’ families have become, shamefully, some of us still don’t get it," she concluded. "The truth is we are better than that."

The Abortion Man video has been seen 192,723 times on YouTube.

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