by Steven Ertelt
November 16, 2006
Hollywood, CA (LifeNews.com) — Hollywood has always had a hard time accepting the pro-life views of the rest of the nation, and top actors have led pro-abortion marches and fundraised for abortion advocacy groups.
Scarlett Johansson, the "Black Dahlia" actress is the latest to add her name to the list of stars using their fame as a political platform.
Johansson recently attacked President Bush for his pro-life views on abortion. She said women’s rights would be doomed if the law was left up to him.
She accused the president, in an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, of denying women their rights and forcing them to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.
"We’re supposed to be liberated in America but if our President had his way, we wouldn’t be educated about sex at all," she said. "Every woman would have six children and we wouldn’t be able to have abortions."
The list of Hollywood elite who have promoted abortion is long.
Actresses Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow came under fire last year for exploiting Mother’s Day to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. The two sent out an email fundraiser for the nation’s largest abortion business urging abortion activists to take the group up on a Mother’s Day fundraising challenge.
Also last year, more than than 100 celebrities signed up to lend their endorsement to the pro-abortion march because the sponsors were having a tough time getting enough people to attend.
The list of pro-abortion celebrities giving Planned Parenthood and NARAL a hand ranged from musicians such as Christina Aguilera, Lisa Loeb, and Ashley Judd to actors such as Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, and Alec Baldwin and other notables like Ted Turner, Cindy Crawford, and Jane Fonda.
"The right to decide when or whether to have a child is a fundamental human right," said actress Helen Hunt. She decried the cuts in taxpayer-funded abortions President Bush has put in place by reissuing the Mexico City Policy.
"It’s important that all Americans stand up for their rights and the rights of all women worldwide," added LisaGay Hamilton, actress in ABC’s drama "The Practice."
But not all celebrities back abortion. Others say women deserve better than abortion.
Two-time Emmy award winning actress Patricia Heaton, a star on the hit comedy series "Everybody Loves Raymond," is unabashedly pro-woman and pro-life.
Heaton, who has been the honorary co-chair of Feminists for Life since 1998 believes it is better to "make the system conform to what is best for you and your baby instead of making the baby go away to conform to what is best for the system."
"Even though we are a very baby-friendly environment, I still think that there’s a lot of feeling out there that [mothers have] second-class status in society," Heaton said.
Kathy Ireland, the first "supermodel," agrees that the rights of women and unborn children can go hand in hand.
"I’m liberal about the rights of the unborn child," Ireland explained. "I’m [also] a person who always has and always will fight for the rights of women."
Ireland says that once she realized the humanity of the unborn, she could no longer take a pro-choice position.
"From the moment of conception, a new life comes into being with a complete genetic blueprint. The sex is determined. The blood type is determined. It doesn’t start out as one species and suddenly become a human being," she explained.