Amy Schumer's New Birth Control Sketch Is Hilarious - And Terrifying

by Maria Guido
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If you’re a woman in America, who gets to decide the type of birth control that you use and how you pay for it? In a perfect world, the answer would be “You, silly. You’re the one with the uterus.” But it’s not a perfect world. Amy Schumer knows this, and she manages to make us laugh about it in a new sketch for her Comedy Central show, Ask Amy Schumer.


“Ask your doctor if birth control is right for you. Then ask your boss if birth control is right for you. Ask your boss to ask his priest. Find a Boy Scout, and see what he thinks…”

It’s funny because it’s true. American women have endured an insane amount of invasion in choices that should be theirs and their doctor’s alone. Last year’s Hobby Lobby decision actually dictated that “‘closely-held’ for-profit companies can claim a religious exemption to avoid including all forms of contraception in their employees’ health plans.” Translation – the company you work for may have a religious objection to the fact that you use birth control. So they’re not allowing their insurance plans to cover whatever form they have a problem with. Because that makes total sense. In 2015.

Also, the ending of her video where a pharmacist basically tosses a gun at a kid no questions asked may seem incendiary — but it’s not far from the truth either. A bill passing through the Alabama legislature right now would allow children under 18 to posses handguns to be used for hunting and recreational sports. So we can pass a law saying a child is mature enough to handle a gun, but we still think women can’t be trusted to handle their contraceptive choices. Amazing.

We’re laughing… to keep from crying.

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