Jenny Slate Says New Film Is Not an Abortion Comedy

Ben Horton/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Jenny Slate, who has appeared in TV comedies such as Parks and Recreation and Kroll Show, is the star of a new film, Obvious Child.

Slate plays a comedienne who becomes pregnant as the result of a one-night stand, and subsequently decides to have an abortion. Though some media outlets have described the film as an “abortion comedy,” she begs to differ.

Slate explains to ABC News Radio, “I don’t think of it as an abortion comedy. I don’t really know what that is. And I don’t think that abortion is funny, and our film is not making jokes about abortion.”

She adds, “I would hate for people to be deterred because they thought that our movie is thoughtless or rough with a subject that is complex.”

Slate’s star has been on the rise since she was a cast member of Saturday Night Live during its 2009-2010 season. Perhaps her most memorable moment on SNL came during her first show, when she accidentally dropped the F-bomb. She prefers not to dwell on her SNL days too much.

Slate says, “Everybody asks about it. I don’t have anything new to say, and what is boring to me is that I feel like it’s not part of my narrative, like, every day.”

Obvious Child is currently playing in limited release.

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