A Sunday show MSNBC panel cracked up after comedian guest Laurie Kilmartin joked that she’d like to “make sweet love” to the Supreme Court leaker, adding that if this person is discovered to be a Republican, she’d “joyfully abort our fetus and let them know.”
Kilmartin, a staff writer for Conan O’Brien, made those comments on “Ayman” during a panel discussion on the bombshell leak of a draft majority Supreme Court opinion that would uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
Host Ayman Mohyeldin asked her and the other guests for their thoughts on a recent op-ed published by MSNBC that asserted Republican outrage at the leak is hypocritical and that “right-wingers are suddenly fans of propriety again is because so much of their political agenda requires using the Supreme Court to advance policy far too unpopular for the democratic process.”
“Do you agree that this is going against the undemocratic will, but this is the only way Republicans can achieve this?” Mohyeldin asked Kilmartin.
“Yeah, I guess so,” she said, before derailing the conversation with her take on the leaker.
“I would like to find out who the leaker is, so I could make sweet love to that person, because that person is a hero to me. Okay?” Kilmartin said, drawing chuckles from the other panelists.
“And if the leaker — a lot of people are saying it could be a conservative — if the leaker is a Republican, and if I get pregnant during our lovemaking, I will joyfully abort our fetus, and let them know,” she added, deadpan, as Mohyeldin broke down laughing at the idea of a pro-life conservative being told his unborn child would be killed.
“I don’t know if that answered your question,” said Kilmartin. “I probably didn’t.”
“It was a little off topic,” Mohyeldin admitted with a big smile on his face.
After more discussion, Kilmartin told another joke about how Democrats should respond if Roe v. Wade is overturned that stupefied the panel.
“There’s obviously little bit of disappointment with the Democrats just over the last couple of years not rushing to codify Roe v. Wade when they had a supermajority during Obama. But what do you think they should be doing right now?” Mohyeldin asked her.
“Well, this is controversial, but I think that every Democratic member of Congress who’s over the age of 87 should go on a hunger strike for abortion rights, because let’s face it, they don’t have much longer anyway,” Kilmartin suggested.
“You might as well go out a hero in a blaze of glory. Be the Bobby Sands of abortion!” she said, referring to the Irish Republican Army member who died of a hunger strike in 1981 while imprisoned in Northern Ireland for his role in the 1976 bombing of the Balmoral Furniture Company in Dunmurry.
“Okay — Laurie bringing the heat tonight,” Mohyeldin said after the stunned panel sat silent for several seconds.
“Guys, that’s my answer,” said Kilmartin, struggling to contain her laughter. “You know I am a comedian. I know we have like two very serious answers and then I’m just giving a joke, and everybody’s like, that’s a terrible policy. It is, guys. You don’t have to take me seriously.”
“Listen, that’s why we want you on the show, because we need a little levity,” Mohyeldin told her.