Kathy Ireland, Supermodel
While appearing on the TV show Politically Incorrect, Kathy Ireland participated in a debate about abortion "rights" and whether or not Florida should approve "Choose Life" license plates. Kathy is against abortion and she defended babies in the womb by saying: "I was once pro-choice and the thing that changed my mind was, I read my husband's biology books, medical books, and what I learned ... At the moment of conception, a life starts. And this life has its own unique set of DNA, which contains a blueprint for the whole genetic makeup. The sex is determined. We know there's a life because it's growing and changing."
In October 2002, Kathy Ireland made a compelling argument against abortion on the Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes political debate show. Alan Colmes described Ireland's opinions as religious, but Ireland said that her views on abortion do not stem from faith. She asserted that even atheists could realize that abortion is wrong. Kathy told Alan that her belief is founded in science and technology, which she says, "has come a long way since Roe vs. Wade."
Ireland also defended her values as being pro-women, stating, "We need to support these women who are in crisis pregnancy situations." She claimed that because scientific evidence proves that abortion is murder, "I have no choice but to defend the most vulnerable among us."
Kate Mulgrew, Actress
The American Feminist magazine's Winter 2000-2001 issue spotlighted 15 women who were active in the pro-life arena. Kate Mulgrew, best known for her role as Capt. Kathryn Janeway on the television series, "Star Trek: Voyager," describes herself in the article as a liberal Democrat who opposes both abortion and capital punishment.
"Abortion does not compute with my philosophy," said Kate, who became pregnant at an early age and gave her baby girl up for adoption. In 1998 she was reunited with her daughter and now has sons. "I have to be frank about my experience," she said. "I survived it. Women often don't believe that they can survive nine months of pregnancy and place the child with an adoptive family."
Patricia Heaton, Actress
Co-star of Everybody Loves Raymond, Patricia Heaton serves as the Honorary Chair of Feminists for Life. Through this pro-women interest group, Patricia works to inform people that "Every 36 seconds in America a women lays her body down, forced to choose abortion out of a lack of practical resources and emotional support. Abortion is a reflection that society has failed women."
"Having and raising children is doing something with your life! ... And I have to say that having your kids is one of the greatest things you can do."
During Heaton's acceptance speech for the Emmy award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000, she thanked "my mother for letting me out, because life is really amazing."
She told The American Feminist magazine (Winter 2000-2001) that she believes it is better to "make the system conform to what is best for you and your baby instead of making the baby go away to conform to what is best for the system."
Naomi Judd, Country Singer
In an appearance on the Sally Jesse Raphael show on March 6, 1998, Naomi explained that when she became pregnant as an unwed teenager, abortion was "not an option for me."
Having "worked as a labor and delivery nurse ... I've seen ultrasounds ... you know that those babies are real." She reminded the audience that if she had had an abortion, the world would have been deprived of the great singing talent of her daughter and fellow performer, Wynonna Judd. (Source: Sally Jesse Raphael show, 03/06/98)
Britney Spears, Singer
In an interview in Young Miss magazine dated September 2000, Britney said: "My main goal is to wait until I'm married to have sex. I would never, personally, be able to (have an abortion), because down the road it would always haunt me." (Source: Young Miss magazine, September 2000)
Mel Gibson, Actor
On a 1990 Barbara Walters Special, actor Mel Gibson stated his opposition to birth control, infidelity and abortion.
"God is the only One who knows how many children we should have, and we should be ready to accept them. One can't decide for oneself who comes into this world and who doesn't. That decision doesn't belong to us."
In a land full of scandals and month-long marriages, Mel has been married to his wife Robyn for 23 years, and they have seven children together.
In the magazine entitled Time Pacific dated January 22, 2001, Jess Cagle writes, "Asked if his views on abortion and divorce have softened, he [Mel Gibson] says, 'No, they haven't changed much. People call me Attila the Hun and all this stuff, but it's how I attempt to live my life. There are basically 10 rules, and they work if you adhere to them. Love thy neighbor-that's a good societal plan.'"
Kim Alexis, Supermodel:
"I think that our whole country needs to have more love and compassion for all children. All life is valuable and a gift from God. Pregnancy is not something that "just happens." Pregnancy is a gift from God. I think it is God telling us "OK, you are responsible enough to raise this new young life that I, God, am going to give you." And for people who can't conceive children, God may be asking you for an even more generous response -- to adopt and raise a child."
Dolores O'Riordan, Lead Vocalist, The Cranberries:
"It's not good for women to go through the procedure [abortion] and have something living sucked out of their bodies. It belittles women. Even though some women say, 'Oh, I don't mind to have one,' every time a woman has an abortion, it just crushes her self-esteem smaller and smaller and smaller." (Source: You! Magazine, June/July 1996)
Bob Carlisle, Singer/Songwriter ("Butterfly Kisses"):
"Abortion is an act of desperation. It's an awful solution to a situation that God can work out for good through adoption."
Ronald Reagan, Actor & Former President:
"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." (Source: New York Times, 22 September 1980)
Tonight, I call Americaa good nation, a moral peopleto charitable but realistic consideration of the terrible cost of abortion on demand. To those who say this violates a womans right to control of her own bodycan they deny that now medical evidence confirms the unborn child is a living human being entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? (1988 State of the Union address)
"Simple morality dictates that unless and until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is (alive). And, thus, it should be entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." (1982 speech)
Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to one and a half million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will someday pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. (1983 speech in Orlando, Florida)
Lakita Garth - Miss Black CA 1995 & Runner-Up for Miss Black America:
"If you're pregnant, don't compound the problem by seeking an abortion. Getting an abortion doesn't solve anything. You are much better off in that situation to put the baby up for adoption because you might be able to help a couple that can't have children."
Brooke Shields, Actress & Supermodel:
"Too many people use abortion as a form of birth control. And that's very wrong. I could never, ever have an abortion." (Source: Redbook Magazine, August, 1991)
"The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want."
"Many people are very, very concerned with the children in India, with the children in Africa where quite a number die, maybe of malnutrition, of hunger and so on, but millions are dying deliberately by the will of the mother. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today. Because if a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you kill me -- there is nothing between." (Source: Nobel Lecture, Dec 11, 1979)
Kimberly Gloudemans, Miss California Teen USA 1997:
"If I found out a friend was planning to have an abortion tomorrow, I would tell her that I was worried about her safety. Believe it or not, like sex, abortion isn't just physical. It is very emotional and spiritual. Not only can it do a 'number' on her body, but it can also hurt her in other ways too."
Loretta Young, Actress
The American Feminist magazine's Winter 2000-2001 issue paid tribute to Loretta Young, who died in August 2000. She reportedly said to those contemplating abortion: "Be careful, be very careful. Abortion is wrong to start with, but in addition, you don't know who or what you are aborting ... a Joan of Arc, a Mother Teresa or even a pope."
Darrell Green, former Washington Redskins' Cornerback:
"The most simple answer is to look in the mirror. If you appreciate your life and the opportunity you've been given to live, you should reciprocate that to any child in your womb. Carry that child [to full term] just as your mother carried you."
Madonna is not pro-life; however, she did say the following after looking at an ultrasound of her daughter Lourdes: "I was stunned when I saw on the ultrasound a tiny, living creature spinning around in my womb. Tap-dancing, I think. Waving its tiny arms around and trying to suck its thumb. I could have sworn I heard it laughing." (Source: WorldMagazine, December 1996)
Ben Stein, Actor & Host of "Win Ben Stein's Money":
"Since 1973, when the United States Supreme Court, with no precedent before it at all, decided that it was not constitutionally permissible for states to restrict abortions for most women, there have been an estimated 37 million or more abortions performed on United States women and their babies.
Every single one of these abortions violently ended the life of an American baby, as I see it. Last year, the Golden Age year of 1997, saw abortion "clinics" and hospitals end the lives of about 1.4 million American babies.
Now, I want to be the first to admit that not everyone sees abortion as the ending of a life. There are probably some people who still see a baby in the womb as unfeeling tissue, like a mole or subcutaneous fat. They see the baby in the sonogram looking like a baby and they don't believe it's a baby. They see the baby reacting to a needle and moving away from it and they don't think it's a life. They know that a baby in the womb relaxes when she or he hears soothing music and they don't think there's a baby there. There are people who know that babies look just like postpartum babies very soon after conception, when they are still in the womb, and have a strong sense of pain, but those people can still call an abortion something other than the violent killing of a baby. None so blind as those who will not see, goes the adage.
Of course, there are also people who realize very well that a baby is a life in being, but honestly say that these lives are silent, have no votes, and are entitled to less legal and moral protection than the lives of grownups. If these pre-born lives are inconvenient, goes the reasoning of this group, then it is the right of the mother to kill her child. This is a brutal, but honest, approach.
And, of course, there are those who believe that the killing of about a million and a half babies per year is worthwhile if it saves a handful of women from being killed or maimed in illegal abortions. Never mind that every one of those babies is maimed and killed in an abortion, so that you really have a calculus in which the lives of about a hundred thousand babies are traded for the lives of one grown woman. But this quantum of people who see abortion as something other than gruesome, who believe it is justified for the convenience of adults and adolescents, and who will kill any number to save a tiny number, are in an interesting position: they cannot look at their handiwork or the handiwork they defend.
Across the country, they shrink from photos of the babies killed in abortions. Through their mighty political groups, the pro-abortionists compel TV stations to refuse advertisements showing partial birth and other abortion artifacts. They will not even allow viewers (or themselves, I suspect) to see what their policies have wrought. They are, at least to my mind, like the Germans who refused to think about what was happening at Dachau and then vomited when they saw - and never wanted to see again.
For the rest of us, who see abortion as the violent taking of innocent life, it is hard indeed to see our era as a Golden Age. How would we feel if a disease claimed a million and a half unborn lives every year? Would we think we were in a Golden Age? How would we feel if an enemy invader killed a million and a half of our unborn every year?
I know that there are intelligent people who disagree strongly with what I say here. I used to disagree strongly myself - before we had our own adopted son, before we saw what might have been sucked out and ground up in a "clinic" or "women's health centers" (most absurd terms for killing rooms for little girls and boys), before we learned what everyone now knows about just how alive a baby in the womb is. But I think any intelligent man or woman who thinks about just the possibility that abortion is murder will have a hard time stopping before the terminus of the notion that it is murder.
And for those who don't care to make the trip down that road, perhaps you can imagine the feelings of tens of millions of us who see clearly that abortion is a violent killing of the most innocent of humans. Perhaps you can see why some of us don't see this as "A Golden Age" - and why we won't see it that way as long as the killing goes on, no matter how high the market goes. I love the high market, but it's dirt compared with life."
(Source: as quoted from Ben Stein's Homepage)