This past week I was walking down a busy New York City sidewalk, when I witnessed something shocking.
The sidewalks in Manhattan are notoriously crowded, at times insufferably so. Almost two million people call the 13-mile-long island home, as many as 5 million can commute into the city every day and over 40 million tourists visit every year. So, needless to say, space is at a premium.
On this sunny day, a scream caught my attention. I turned my head in time to see a grown man on a razor scooter mow down a small girl who was walking with her parents. The girl, who was no more than four years old, spun around and flailed to the ground and the man sped on, barely slowing his pace. As he passed me, I noticed the look on his face was neither embarrassment nor worry—he just looked annoyed. As the girl’s parents cried out to him in anger and confusion, he raced away into the anonymous city.
To this man, the girl was nothing more than a speed bump, a minor delay as he hurried to his next appointment. To her parents, she was precious; and as several bystanders and I all rushed to offer assistance, we stood amazed at the carelessness on display.
Later in the week, I saw a video posted by abortion-advocacy group, NARAL. The video, called “Comedians in Cars Getting Abortions” followed comedians Alice Wetterlund and Nato Green as they attempted to “navigate the barriers the anti-choice movement creates to interfere with women’s reproductive choices,” according to the videos’ information section.
(You can watch the video below, but warning, it’s pretty disturbing.)
The video, of course, is a parody of Jerry Seinfeld’s highly successful web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. However, anyone who watches the six-minute film quickly discovers that it fails both in terms of parody and comedy.
Nato Green arrives to pick up Alice who is desperately waiting to get an abortion. When asked by Nato why she wants to get an abortion, she replies, “My body is doing this thing right now, where it is not incubating a person, and I would like for it to continue to do that thing—my choice!” Nato then points to a father and child, off-camera, and says, “That kid is slapping his father,” to which Alice replies, “Like we need more of that in the world.”
They then speed off in their Prius in search of an abortion clinic. On the third try, they arrive only to meet regulations forcing her to wait 32 hours before she can get her abortion. The doctor informs Alice that state law requires she see a photo of her child, after seeing several photos, Alice grabs a blank card and says, “This, this is what I want.”
The video ends with the statement: ‘It should not be this hard to get an abortion.’
This video is a sick and twisted attempt at humor. And it’s so outrageous that I honestly thought it was satire for the first several minutes.
In reality, the video isn’t satire, but NARAL does fail at humor and at the facts. While the video implicitly laments the recent decline in abortions and attributes that decline to stricter state and local regulations, the facts show the opposite. In a report released this year, the Associated Press found that states with the largest decreases in abortions had the fewest restrictive laws on the books—proving that the logic is as blank as the photo Alice preferred.
But the video reveals something darker and more insidious than we’d like to think. NARAL’s video is a testament to how far our culture has come in terms of viewing children as something less than human and devoid of dignity. And if you think the people who feel that way don’t exist, look no further than your neighbors rolling their eyes as your child takes up time at the check out line, or the man on a scooter knocking kids out of the way as he heads down your sidewalk.
It can be easy for us to display blissful ignorance when we find humor in horror and see satire instead of sin. But as Christians, we must guard against these impulses.The solution to crowded sidewalks is not to fill bags with baby parts and crowd heaven with innocence. That will only rob our generation of its future and rob our future of its hope.
We need to remember we serve a Savior who, as a child, escaped a culture of infant death and the mass slaughter of babies to become a man who welcomed children to Him and lauded their faith.