Actor Jim Caviezel is a rare, pro-life standout in Hollywood.
Known for portraying Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” Caviezel recently spoke on the Christian podcast “Edifi With Billy Hallowell” about his Catholic faith, his new film “Infidel” and his pro-life convictions, Live Action News reports.
Caviezel said he once saw the horrors of abortion in-person, and he knows how barbaric it is.
“I’ve looked at the barbarism of abortion,” he said. “I’ve seen one of them … there is no hiding anymore. Even if I don’t really know who Jesus is … something in me, my own conscience hits me: ‘That’s immoral. That’s wrong. Why are we doing this?’”
Quoting the Declaration of Independence, Caviezel said all human beings are supposed to be created equal, but society does not not recognize the truth. He said there are “highly immoral” things being done to people that violate that ideal, including killing unborn babies in abortions.
Caviezel said human rights should begin when human life does: the moment when the sperm fertilizes the egg at conception.
“But some governors will tell you different, when they’re born now you can go ahead and kill them,” he said, likely a reference to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s comments about infanticide.
“And people will sit back and go, ‘You know what? To each his own.’ Well, until it comes to your back door, until it’s your own kid, or until it’s your own life,” Caviezel said.
The Christian actor has been an advocate for life for many years. He and his wife Kerri adopted two children from China, both of whom had special needs. Their first adopted child, Bo, came to the Caviezels after a traumatic first five years of life. The little boy had a brain tumor and had been abandoned before he was taken in by an orphanage and subsequently adopted by his loving parents.
Caviezel told Catholic Digest in 2009 that being pro-life is more important to him than his career. He said: “How are we so arrogant to think the 51.5 million babies who have died in this country… Look, I am for helping women. I just don’t see abortion as helping women. And I don’t love my career that much to say, ‘I’m going to remain silent on this.’”