A new report reveals some of the intense family drama behind pro-abortion activist Jane Fonda’s parents. The report describes how Fonda’s father was cold and a bully, as well as a shameless womaniser and Jane always blamed her manic depressive mother Frances for their break-up.
The report also indicates Fonda’s mother Frances had nine abortions before Jane was born and committed suicide.
Always outspoken, Jane Fonda is making headlines once more after she returned to the subject of her tragic mother at the weekend, in a speech at a fundraising event in Beverly Hills for a rape victims’ charity.
The audience of philanthropists and activists was stunned when the 76-year-old actress revealed that her mother had killed herself after being sexually abused from the age of eight.
After looking through her mother’s medical records, Jane discovered her terrible secret. She said: ‘The minute that I read that, everything fell into place.’
She didn’t say who had been responsible, but made clear it explained a lot. ‘I knew [the reason for] the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself,’ she said.
Friends say that her mother’s suicide was the single most formative event in Fonda’s multi- faceted life.
In truth, however, abuse allegedly suffered by her mother during her childhood is just one of many unpleasant details in the history of the Hollywood acting dynasty.
Henry Fonda was a rising star in 1936 when he met Frances on the set of a British film, Wings Of The Morning, which he was making in Denham, Buckinghamshire. After a whirlwind romance, she chivvied him into getting married.
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Frances was the daughter of an American industrialist whose family claimed ancestry from Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour – a fact that was reflected in Jane Fonda’s full name being Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda.
Jane Fonda has told friends she believes her mother was sexually abused by a piano tuner. She believe the ordeal left Frances traumatised, and turned her into a promiscuous adolescent who had nine abortions before Jane was born. Her first, much older husband, businessman George Brokaw, was a violent alcoholic who beat her savagely.
Obviously Frances had quite a bit on her plate emotionally — including all of the relationship issues — that ultimately caused her a mental breakdown and led to her taking her own life, but the multiple abortion undoubtedly played a role.
There have been numerous studies that found an association between abortion and suicide. Other studies have found a link between abortion and depression (which is a major risk factor for suicide). For example:
A 1995 study by A.C. Gilchrist in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that in women with no history of psychiatric illness, the rate of deliberate self-harm was 70 percent higher after abortion than after childbirth.
A 1996 study in Finland by pro-choice researcher Mika Gissler in the British Medical Journal found that the suicide rate was nearly six times greater among women who aborted than among women who gave birth.
A 2002 record-linkage study of California Medicaid patients in the Southern Medical Journal, which controlled for prior mental illness, found that suicide risk was 154 percent higher among women who aborted than among those who delivered.
A March 2004 report from the U.S. National Institutes of Health revealed that suicide is now the third leading cause of death among America’s young people. In fact, for teen girls and young women, the suicide rate has tripled over the past 25 years.