Abortion in the shadow of Hollywood’s twinkling lights

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

I have found that memoirs of female celebrities these days invariably touch on the issue of abortion.

It should not be surprising, given the fact that abortions became tragically commonplace in the years following the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade.

More than 60 million precious babies have lost their lives to abortion in the decades since that fateful decision. Each of those children had a mother who was left behind—or, in some cases, who died along with them.

The law of averages indicates that a number of actresses have had abortions. In some cases, they go on to become benefactors and promoters of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation.

The two stories I recently came upon were of post-abortive celebrity women who continue to support the abortion industry. I noticed a commonality in their accounts. Both, sadly, had been victims of abuse.

This is the dirty little secret which the abortion industry hides. A number of the women coming to abortion centers have already been abused in some way—physically, sexually, emotionally. The abortionist continues the assault on body and soul by ripping the child out of their wombs.

And in this way the cycle of violence continues.

I pray for the two celebrities who have not yet come to terms for what was lost in those abortions—a unique, unmatched son or daughter. A child was sacrificed who can never be replaced.

Meanwhile, I salute those women—some famous, some not—who publicly regret their abortions and push for change in our laws and change in our culture. These courageous women have used their misery to work in ministries that provide healing and hope to women facing challenging pregnancies.

It takes a great deal of bravery—especially in the shadow of Hollywood’s twinkling lights—to admit that one’s abortion was wrong, that it caused a vulnerable human being’s tragic end. With so many actresses accessorizing their gowns with Planned Parenthood pins on the Red Carpet, speaking out against abortion can seem a countercultural act.

But I truly believe that it will be women, notably women who have had abortions, who will turn the cultural tide toward the side of life. They are among the victims in our nation’s abortion war, and it is their authentic voices which can be most effectively raised in defense of our preborn citizens.

No amount of Hollywood special effects can change the undeniable truth: abortion ends one life and harms another. Who knows—the baby saved from abortion today may grow up to become the screenwriter who pens the story of how the culture of life in America was reborn.

That’s a movie I can’t wait to see!