Actor Michael Ian Black attempted to turn the abortion debate into an economic one Wednesday evening, suggesting that those seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act should also support abortion.
The “Wet Hot American Summer” actor tweeted that although it’s “not a recommendation” to Republicans working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, “aborted babies are A LOT cheaper than babies carried to term."
Not a recommendation to the Republicans trying to replace Obamacare, but aborted babies are A LOT cheaper than babies carried to term.— Michael Ian Black (@Michael Ian Black)1484190605.0
In subsequent tweets, Black responded to criticism of his “abortion joke” by writing that he is “purely arguing economics.”
@Guinz Purely arguing economics.— Michael Ian Black (@Michael Ian Black)1484190688.0
Some Twitter users expressed disgust with the comment.
Thinks he's funny, but that's just foul https://t.co/ZzIQXHvSWq— (Im)patient (@(Im)patient)1484191602.0
The mind of the left: putting price tags on human lives. Nice work, bro. https://t.co/6PSfQCXtti— Cameron Treadway 🗽 (@Cameron Treadway 🗽)1484249201.0
@michaelianblack I'm pro-choice, and this joke is sick.— o.m. (@o.m.)1484190690.0
@michaelianblack a modest proposal, then?— Don’t touch your face! Lynsey (@Don’t touch your face! Lynsey)1484193357.0
House Republicans have indicated that they will seek to strip funds from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. They have also said that they want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.