Pro-Abortion Actress Ashley Judd Considers Running for Senate

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 4, 2012   |   1:03PM   |   Washington, DC

Ashley Judd, a pro-abortion actress, is considering a Senate bid against the pro-life senator who is the leader of Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

The Hollywood movie star is seriously considering a 2014 bid against Sen. Mitch McConnell and has reportedly spoken to pro-Breton Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) about whether such a bid would be feasible. A Politico report indicates she has discussed a potential campaign with a pollster and begin doing opposition research on herself to see how she may fare.

Whether Judd jumps into the race remains far from certain. She’s reportedly also weighing whether to wait until 2016 to instead take on freshman Sen. Rand Paul, sources say.

But if Judd does become a candidate, she would be the biggest celebrity to run for the Senate since Al Franken’s successful 2008 bid for the Minnesota seat. And her entrance would add a level of star power to a race that was already poised to be the highest-profile in the country with the Senate Republican leader up for a sixth term in 2014.

“She is doing all the things that a serious candidate exploring a race should do,” Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told POLITICO after speaking with her. “I think there are a lot of people, and I was one of them, who wanted to let her know that her candidacy would be an exciting prospect for us. That’s what I wanted her to know. A lot of the labor unions, they were telling me that too.”

A Judd spokeswoman declined to comment beyond an earlier statement when the actress said she was “very honored” by the consideration, but didn’t shut the door on a run.

Judd is a vocal supporter of the Planned Parenthood abortion business and that support is continuing, as she has signed on earlier this year to headline a fundraiser for the Indianapolis affiliate of the abortion giant. That event recently took place.

“She has been a pretty high-profile advocate for women’s rights and humanitarian efforts across the globe,” said Jon Mills, spokesman for Planned Parenthood, told the Indianapolis Star newspaper.

As the paper noted:

Planned Parenthood officials said that Judd’s name came to the top of the list of possible speakers, which included actress Susan Sarandon, during a meeting.

“Everybody really liked Ashley,” Mills said.

As an advance thank-you gift, Mills said they are putting together a care package, which includes a book on the history of the organization, another book, “Indianapolis Then and Now,” and possibly a gift certificate from Hollyhock Hill, one of Judd’s favorite Indy eateries.

Ashley Judd is no stranger to aggressively promoting the organization that destroys the lives of more unborn children than any other. She joined many of her Hollywood friends in 2004 to headline a pro-abortion march in Washington along with other celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Lisa Loeb, Christina Aguilera, Lisa Loeb, Ellen DeGeneres, Emme, Cindy Crawford, and Jane Fonda.

Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton, the prolife star of the hit comedy series “Everybody Loves Raymond” talked years ago about why she wouldn’t join her friends at such a pro-abortion event.

“Many of the celebrities on the list are my friends,” Heaton explained, “but when it comes to championing abortion, we go our separate ways.”



“I find it impossible to subscribe to a philosophy that believes that the destruction of human life is a legitimate solution to a problem that is mostly social, economic and psychological,” said Heaton. “In reality, most women ‘choose’ abortion because they believe they have no other choice.”

“Women who experience unplanned pregnancy also deserve unplanned joy,” said Heaton, who believes abortion is evidence that society has failed to meet the real needs of women.

Marchers in the event said, “We won’t go back,” but Heaton responded, “If it is up to march organizers, we won’t move forward either. It’s time to raise the bar, not protect the status quo. Every woman deserves better than abortion, and every child deserves a chance at life.”

Heaton is the honorary chairwoman of Feminists for Life, a pro-woman, pro-life group that works to find solutions to abortion that affirm the dignity of women.

“Being a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Heaton concludes. “As a member of Feminists for Life, I want to share the joy of motherhood with other women, to enable women to make life-affirming choices for themselves and their children, and to elevate our society’s perception of mothers.”