Actress Sally Field lashed out at pro-life state leaders in a new interview, claiming their efforts to protect unborn babies from abortion are “backward, so ignorant and really just power hungry.”
Field, known for her roles in “The Flying Nun” and “Gidget,” had an illegal abortion in 1964 when she was 17 years old, and her anger appears to come from a place of unresolved pain and trauma.
Speaking with Variety recently, the 75-year-old actress became upset when asked about states like Texas and Florida that recently passed laws banning abortions.
“Those men who are doing that, and they’re mostly male governors who are doing it, are so backward, so ignorant and really just power hungry,” Field said. “I think it’s criminal. They’re so wanting to roll back the achievements and important progress for women, for blacks, for the LGBTQ community.”
However, polls show public support for the Texas heartbeat law and the Florida 15-week abortion ban, including among women. A recent AP poll found strong public support for banning abortions after the first trimester (about 12 weeks), as the new Florida law does.
These two laws alone may save tens of thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year, and even more states are passing similar legislation this spring.
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For Field, however, these laws seem to have touched a nerve. Speaking with Variety, she hinted about lashing out physically at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis if she ever sees them in person.
“I can’t say enough horrible things about what I feel about those men,” Field said. “If you see them coming toward me, those two governors specifically, lead me out of the way because I cannot be responsible for what I would do. [Addressing her publicist] Heidi, do you hear me? Lead me away.”
It appears that Field may be misdirecting her anger toward pro-lifers because of the sexual abuse she suffered as a young woman allegedly from her stepfather and, later, an anesthesiologist who helped to abort her unborn baby.
Here’s more from People:
Field wrote in her memoir that she became pregnant just before getting her breakthrough role on the TV show Gidget, with an unnamed boy she met after her high school graduation, USA Today reported. Her stepfather — whom she also alleges sexually abused her until she turned 14 — set up the abortion in Tijuana, with Field writing that she “couldn’t stand his imperceptible note of triumph.”
Aborting her unborn baby was traumatic in and of itself. But her trauma was compounded by the anesthesiologist who Field said groped her breast during the abortion.
“Gathering as much force as I could, I batted his hand off,” she wrote in her 2018 memoir.
It is understandable that Field would feel intense pain and trauma because people abused her and her unborn baby. But rather than fight against abortion, she fights for it. She has been an outspoken abortion advocate in recent years, including joining a 2017 campaign to promote the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
Women like Field are told that pro-lifers are to blame for the pain of their abortions, but the real source of their suffering is the destruction of their unborn babies’ lives. Pro-lifers are eager to help post-abortive mothers and fathers find healing and forgiveness through counseling, Bible studies and retreats. Find more details at Rachel’s Vineyard and Project Rachel.