Sarah Silverman’s attempt to make access to abortions cool has officially hit a new low, as the comedian is starring in a new fake PSA that features “Jesus” telling Silverman “fertilized eggs aren’t people.”
In a new faux-public service announcement released Tuesday, Silverman is visited by “Jesus” in a dream. The two, while sharing some popcorn and watching a NCIS marathon, begin discussing women’s reproductive rights, and Silverman asks Jesus when life begins.
“At 40,” Jesus responds half-heartedly.”But fertilized eggs aren’t people. People are people. But people who believe fertilized eggs are people are people, too. You have to love them. You’re not better than them.”
Silverman then goes on to discuss why women should have the right to an abortion and criticizes both state legislatures and the United States Congress for attempting to pass bills that would limit access to such procedures. The comedian specifically targets pro-life legislation signed into law by Texas Gov. Rick Perry last year, the same bill that prompted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster.
“Using religion to dictate legislation is un-American,” Silverman says. “But it’s happening.”
The PSA is designed to promote “From V to Shining V,” a national pride day for women to be held Sept. 28. “From V to Shining V” is the product of Lady Parts Justice, a “national women’s movement” whose mission is to halt anti-abortion legislation and keep pro-life politicians from getting elected. For the national pride day for women, Lady Parts Justice seeks to set up rallies at all 50 state capitals.
Silverman has become the face of Lady Parts Justice, notably for auctioning a vaginal napkin she had used at a fundraiser in November. The event reportedly raised $50,000.
Watch Silverman’s PSA below.