Young Republicans to Make Abortion Funny

By
Photo: Rebecca Stumpf/Corbis

Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald has a disturbing dispatch from the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington today, where young Republicans are trying to figure out how to appeal to millennials with some edgy abortion humor. 

“How do you make abortion funny?” That was a key question mulled at a major conservative gathering Friday on how to make social conservatism appealing to young people, after an election where Republicans got trounced in the battle for millennial voters (who are are moving even further and further away from the Christian right on marriage and other issues).

Abortion has to be made funny, the thinking goes, because funny sells on social media, and that’s where one goes to court young people. “You can engage with sarcasm, it’s hard with the abortion issue, but you have to,” said Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins at a breakout panel at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington today on how to win millennial voters. “Unfortunately we have to, because this is the generation that we’ve been dealt.”

It all makes me worried these kids haven't been paying close enough attention. It's not abortion that gets the big laughs, it's the ignorance of anti-abortion politicians.