Much has been written about the extreme pro-abortion bias in Hollywood. The fallout from a celebrity sharing a Pro-Life video on Facebook shows just how powerful that bias remains.
Last week, Ashton Kutcher, star of “That 70s Show” and currently “The Ranch,” shared a video excerpt of the powerful Pro-Life testimony of Frank Stephens. Stephens, who has Down syndrome, appeared before Congress in 2017 to advocate for scientific research for Down syndrome. His testimony gained national attention at the time because he boldly condemned the discriminatory abortions of children diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth.
Stephens called attention to the growing anti-Life movement to “eliminate” Down syndrome by encouraging women who receive a prenatal diagnosis for their child to kill that child in abortion. Stephens did not shy away from comparing this to the eugenics of the Nazis, calling this growing regime of discriminatory abortions a “final solution” for people with Down syndrome.
In one of the most moving moments from his testimony, Stephens said, “I completely understand that the people pushing for this particular ‘final solution’ [aborting babies with Down syndrome] are saying that people like me should not exist.”
Kutcher shared an excerpt of this powerful Pro-Life testimony on Facebook with the simple message, “Everyone’s life is valuable.” Kutcher has not publicly stated his stance on abortion, but the message seems to endorse Stephen’s testimony.
Previously, Kutcher has shared how having a twin brother with disabilities has taught him about love and the value of every life. When he received the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award in 2017, he was moved to tears describing what his brother has meant to him.
He explained, “My brother was born with cerebral palsy and it taught me that loving people isn’t a choice and that people aren’t actually all created equal. The Constitution lies to us. We’re not all created equal. We’re all created incredibly inequal to one another, in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But we all have the equal capacity to love one another, and my brother taught me that.”
He went on to say, “When I got older, I spent years and years feeling bad about it, our inequalities. He also taught me that he had gifts that I didn’t have. Extraordinary gifts that I didn’t have, and that every time I felt sorry for him in life, I made him less. He taught me that and he gave that to me.”
Writing for Live Action, Cassy Fiano-Chesser noted that Kutcher’s current television show, Netflix’s “The Ranch,” on which he stars and is an executive producer, featured a strongly Pro-Life storyline. While the television industry heaps fawning praise on any show that includes a glamorous portrayal of abortion, Kutcher’s show took a surprising turn.
Kutcher’s character, Colt Bennett discovers his ex-girlfriend Heather is pregnant with their baby. Colt, a former football player, gives Heather, played by Kelli Gross, a baby’s football jersey to show his love and support for their preborn child. Heather remains determined to undergo an abortion.
In response, Colt tells her, “It’s not about what I want anymore, this isn’t about me, it’s about this kid, and we’re going to have to make sacrifices.” Unable to convince Heather not to undergo an abortion, he gives her a St. Christopher medal and accompanies her to the abortion clinic. Once there, Heather is unable to make herself go through with taking the Life of their preborn baby and they leave happily together with their baby.
Despite all this evidence of Kutcher’s respect for all human Life and his subtle Pro-Life advocacy, he was quick to claim he was not Pro-Life after his post went viral. In a follow-up post, he wrote:
It seems my posting of Frank Stephen’s moving testimony has turned into a partisan recruiting campaign. Stop! Let’s make it a thinking campaign.
I don’t see the issue of embryonic screening as a simple pro-life vs. pro-choice issue. In fact, I really don’t see abortion as a simple black and white issue.
He added, “To be clear, I am generally against the government regulating a woman’s medical choices,” a euphemism for abortion that ignores the living, preborn child.
Many Facebook users replied to the post pointing out that if he was not Pro-Life, he should not have shared a Pro-Life video with the unambiguous message, “Everyone’s life is valuable.”
Kutcher’s backtracking shows how unacceptable any Pro-Life message is in Hollywood. Kutcher’s wife, Mila Kunis, revealed how absurdly anti-Life and insulated Hollywood is when she said in an interview that she did not even know the Pro-Life movement existed until Pro-Lifers made donations in her name to protest her pro-abortion advocacy.
Despite his wife’s ignorance and Hollywood’s tyranny of anti-Life bias, Kutcher is advancing the Pro-Life cause by sharing the value of every human Life, born and preborn. Though he makes claims to the contrary, the truth he has shared remains.