Hollywood Celebrities Lend Support to Pro-Abortion March, Rallies

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 11, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Hollywood Celebrities Lend Support to Pro-Abortion March, Rallies

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 11, 2003

Hollywood, CA (LifeNews.com) — Several Hollywood celebrities are lending their support to the April 2004 pro-abortion march as well as other rallies and events sponsored by abortion advocates to celebrate the next anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

In a recent email to supporters, the Feminist Majority Foundation says more than 400 national and local organizations have already signed on as co-sponsors of the so-called "March for Women’s Lives," that pro-abortion groups hope will draw half a million people.

Now, march organizers are using celebrities to attract more attention to the event.

Celebrities such as comedian Margaret Cho, Jurassic Park actress Laura Dern, comedian and actress Janine Garofalo, poet Alix Olson and actress Alfrie Woodard, who has appeared in such films as Radio and K-PAX, have marked their calendars to attend.

This isn’t the first time Garofalo has backed abortion. She’s already given money to Emily’s List, the pro-abortion political outfit, as well as written a check to Howard Dean, the ex-Vermont Governor and former Planned Parenthood board member who is one of the leading Democratic presidential candidates.

Meanwhile, rockers Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge will perform at the Feminist Majority’s Rock for Choice concert in Los Angeles this January.

One leading pro-life advocate says the celebrities may not make the kind of impact hoped for by pro-abortion groups.

Wendy Wright on Concerned Women for America told LifeNews.com, "a recent survey conducted by the Horatio Alger Association showed that young people are more influenced by their parents than by celebrities."

"Thankfully, parents have a greater moral impact on their kids than do actresses that the kids might see in a one-time news story. These actors provide a contrast against which parents can point out what embodies a healthy lifestyle," Wright added.

While the number of pro-life notables such as Patricia Heaton, Mel Gibson or Ben Stein continues to grow, most Hollywood celebs have a long history of supporting abortion and pro-abortion organizations or political candidates.

Many attended a recent event sponsored by billionaire investor George Soros that accumulated $10 million for an effort to defeat President George W. Bush.

Some of the Hollywood icons in attendance included actors such as Daniel Stern, who starred in the movie City Slickers and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played the role of Elaine on the sitcom Seinfeld.

Other pro-abortion celebrities have already given money to pro-abortion candidates.

Movie director Steven Speilberg, Hollywood powerhouse Tom Cruise, Disney executive Michael Eisner, Barbara Streisand, Christie Hefner, of Playboy fame, Former MASH star Mike Ferrell, Mel Brooks, whose Broadway show "The Producers" has been a smashing success, Gweneth Paltrow, Susan Sarandon, and others lead the list of those who have recently supported pro-abortion candidates.

Meanwhile, "Chicks Rock Chicks Vote," is a new voter registration organization founded by The Dixie Chicks, whose lead singer¬†Natalie Maines was roundly criticized for making anti-Bush statements. The group’s web site links to a number of pro-abortion groups such as the Feminist Majority Foundation and White House Project.