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Thoughts on still another pro-abortion “comedy”

by | Jul 10, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Granted, I am at a considerable disadvantage. I read about pro-abortion theatrical productions but, with a few exceptions (typically movies), I am not going to pay to see such propagandistic drivel.

So when I offer a few thoughts today about Abortion Road Trip, I am relying on what its ardent supporters are saying about this play currently part of the Capital Fringe Festival here in Washington, DC.

By the way, here is part of the group’s explanation of what it is about:

Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Capital Fringe thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of the DC’s independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.

So what does Abortion Road Trip amplify?

How about, for starters, how this “story of three women in a cab headed to New Mexico from Texas for an abortion” got selected.

According to Tracey Erbacher the artistic director of Theatre Prometheus, where the play is being performed, it goes back to last November.

They were trying “to choose between several strong, gripping stories for our Fringe play. We were split on which to choose.”


So much for division. The impending apocalypse on the horizon, Erbacher writes

I woke up the next morning feeling, as so many of us did, shocked and overwhelmed, desperate to do something, but feeling that there was nothing I could do. But then I thought of Abortion Road Trip, and I emailed our team. The response was almost immediate: everyone poured out their fears, and their anger, and their determination, but with a common theme: Yes. I’m in. Let’s do this. And I felt more hopeful in that moment than I would have thought possible.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Abortion Road Trip is…a comedy…“one that you really, really need.” Erbacher offers the customary don’t-take-abortion-so-seriously justifications:

Abortion doesn’t have to be tragic. It doesn’t have to be “the most difficult choice a woman can make.”

Sometimes it can be funny.

Sometimes it can be serious.

Sometimes the choice is easy, or nuanced, or exactly right.

But, whatever it is, abortion is never wretched, never an abandonment, never the choice of selfishness over selflessness, and never, ever, ever the annihilation of a helpless unborn child.

Best of all for the cutting-edge (so to speak) types, abortion can also be artistically empowering. Erbacher’s last paragraph tells her readers

Our power as artists lies in the choices we make about the stories we want to tell. And now, right now, we think we all need a comedy about abortion.

If you want to read a highly sympathetic review written by Jon Jon Johnson (and, no, I am not kidding, that’s his name), you can go here for A Capital Fringe Peek at the comedy Abortion Road Trip.

By way of illustrating the tolerance of pro-abortionists, Johnson concludes by telling us there were two pro-lifer protestors outside the theatre. If only they were as open-minded to other perspectives as are Jon Jon and Tracey, they would appreciate

This is, ultimately, the kind of show that we wish the protesting duo would watch, and in turn perhaps open a meaningful dialogue by humanizing the living, breathing people.

Need I state the obvious? That Abortion Road Trip would never, ever consider “humanizing the living, breathing” unborn child?

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