Actress Ashley Bratcher, who stars in the new film “Unplanned,” challenged fellow actress Alyssa Milano to rethink her abortion activism and consider the “sanctity of human life.”
In an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight, Bratcher criticized Milano and other pro-abortion actors for threatening to boycott the state of Georgia over pro-life legislation.
“As you know, Alyssa Milano has this very loud voice in Hollywood, and she’s very outspoken about where she stands on women’s reproductive rights, and she called for the film industry to boycott Georgia,” Bratcher said.
“Well, I happen to be a proud Georgian who is pro-life, and I support this Heartbeat Bill,” she continued. “… What was really kind of disturbing to me in [Milano’s] letter was that it was really more concerned with tax incentives than it was with the sanctity of human life. I just felt like it was kind of self-motivated.”
Milano is upset about Georgia’s heartbeat bill, which would protect unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeats are detectable. In the past week, celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Penn, Mia Farrow and Ben Stiller have joined Milano in their condemnation of the pro-life bill. They are threatening to boycott the state, where Hollywood films many television shows and movies.
Bratcher, who is pro-life, told the conservative news outlet that she once fell for Planned Parenthood’s propaganda as well.
While working on her latest film, however, “I realized, for the first time, that I had been blinded — that I had believed — the excellent campaign that Planned Parenthood has done in making us believe it’s just a clump of cells, and that is just not the case,” she said.
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She said the story of Abby Johnson, who she portrays in the film, changed her perspective completely. Johnson is a former Planned Parenthood director who became pro-life after watching an unborn baby be aborted on an ultrasound screen.
“All I had to do was hear her describe it, because I had no idea what an abortion procedure actually entails,” Bratcher said.
She said the film, which reaped in an unexpected $6.1 million in its first week, brings Americans face to face with the primary victim of abortion: the unborn child.
“You have to look that baby in the face as it’s being aborted,” she said. “… people are terrified to look at that, but we need to face it as a society. And if we don’t — if we turn a blind eye — that’s regression. … To move forward, we have to come face-to-face with this.”
The Georgia Senate passed the heartbeat bill (House Bill 481) last week. It would ban abortions on an unborn baby after their heartbeat is detectable, around six weeks. It would allow exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life. In addition, the bill would allow parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and include the unborn baby in census data. It also would allow mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.
Gov. Brian Kemp said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk. However, the American Civil Liberties Union already has said it will sue to block the law.