Appearing as a guest on Thursday's Piers Morgan Tonight, actress and comedienne Ali Wentworth brought up "reproduction rights" and Planned Parenthood as issues she is concerned about when host Piers Morgan turned the discussion to politics and what American women will be looking for in the presidential election. Wentworth began her answer by flippantly referring to her anatomy:
Well, first of all, I would like my vagina to be taken off the table in politics.
After she and host Morgan joked about her explicit choice of words, she added:
I have a hard time with reproduction rights being in the political arena, but that's me.
After noting the importance of the economy as an issue, she returned to the subject of "reproduction rights":
I do think that when it gets into the Planned Parenthood, all that kind of debate, I really have a hard time with, kind of, men debating what's okay and what's not.
Wentworth's husband, ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, notably tried to force the Republican presidential candidates to debate the issue of whether the government has the constitutional power to ban birth control pills when he hosted one of the debates last January, even though such a ban was an issue none of the candidates had ever discussed wanting to enact.
After a commercial break, the CNN host brought up President Obama's decision to publicly voice support for same-sex marriage, and Wentworth's reaction of kissing several of her female friends on the mouth after she heard that the President was taking such a position.
Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Thursday, May 24, Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN:
PIERS MORGAN: What do you want to see in your President? Because women, I think, will decide this election. And they seem to be, in the polls, fluctuating quite wildly, at the moment. What are you, as a smart woman in America, what do you want?
ALI WENTWORTH: Well, first of all, I would like my vagina to be taken off the table in politics.
MORGAN: Is it on the table?
WENTWORTH: Well, it's been on the table. And it will be on your table, if you don't mind it?
MORGAN: wow, now we're talking!
WENTWORTH: Yes, yes! No, I think, I think that, you know, I have a hard time with reproduction rights being in the political arena, but that's me. You know, obviously, the economy, jobs, all extremely important, and I don't think it's a male female thing to want, you know, our country and our economy to be full and ripe and so, but, as far as being a woman, which I've been for almost close to 10 years now, you know, I do think that when it gets into the Planned Parenthood, all that kind of debate, I really have a hard time with, kind of, men debating what's okay and what's not.
-- Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst at the Media Research Center