Last year, pro-life advocates defended Natalie Portman as the Hollywood elite bashed her for calling motherhood “the most important role in my life.”
However, it turns out Portman is perfectly fine with pregnant women who reject becoming a mother when pregnant and decide to have an abortion instead. Last week, the acclaimed actress appeared at a “Women for Obama” event in Las Vegas, to promote Obama and talk about her pro-abortion views.
As Charlie Spiering of the Washington Examiner reports, Portman encouraged women to get out the vote for Obama.
“Talk to everyone you know, tell your story, that’s how we can become positive,” Portman said. “Luckily we have a president who has so many positives that we can create this win by saying the great things he has done, not talking trash.”
Portman was particularly adamant about defending the “right to choose,” explaining her perspective as a mother.
“As a new mother – as all of you as mothers, its hard to hear, you know, the word ‘right to life.’ I think as our opponent because we all cherish life, we all love the miracle, the absolute wonder of what our bodies can do and what we are able to create, and we are lucky enough to be able to create as women.” Portman said.
“But we also know that losing our right to choose means that we put our sisters in jeopardy,” she warned. “It doesn’t end abortion, it just ends freedom to abortion and safe abortion.”
Portman also highlighted the rest of the President’s accomplishments, reminding the women that he had done enough to deserve re-election.
“I kept seeing his accomplishments and I wondered, ‘What more does he have to do to deserve four more years?” she said.
Last year, Portman was honored for her dramatic role in “Black Swan,” and she began her acceptance speech with the usual gratitude for the people whose relationship to the movie, however large or small, paved her way to the stage to receive one of the most coveted awards of the evening. After thanking fellow nominees, her parents, and the directors past and present who guided her career, Portman saved her concluding praise for “my beautiful love,” dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.
Then, as if to underscore how the bright and promising career and the accolades she’s received up to that very moment paled in comparison, a visibly pregnant Portman thanked Millepied for giving her “the most important role of my life.”
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The comment about becoming a mother likely drew approving smiles from most of the millions of Americans and worldwide viewers tuning into the televised Oscars ceremony, but it was revolting for Slate writer Mary Elizabeth Williams.
“At the time, the comment jarred me, as it does every time anyone refers to motherhood as the most important thing a woman can possibly do,” she wrote today. “But the reason why didn’t hit until I saw the ever razor sharp Lizzie Skurnick comment on Twitter today that, ‘Like, my garbageman could give you your greatest role in life, too, lady.’”
“When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, there are a lot of amazed and awed moments in between the heartburn and insomnia. But is motherhood really a greater role than being secretary of state or a justice on the Supreme Court? Is reproduction automatically the greatest thing Natalie Portman will do with her life?” Williams wondered.