Hollywood celebrities often star in films and TV shows that feature pro-life plot lines. Unfortunately, these pro-life messages don’t follow them out of the studio. These are just a few actors whose pro-abortion views don’t match the encouraging work they’ve produced.
1. Mark Ruffalo
Ruffalo is staunchly pro-abortion. Not only did he deem it “common sense” to support abortion rights, he even claimed he was proud his mother aborted his sibling.
Columnist Kathryn Lopez made an important contrast between Ruffalo’s comments and the movie “Just Like Heaven.” Ruffalo starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in this 2005 film, which Lopez said had an undeniably pro-life message:
“In the 2005 movie “Just Like Heaven,” Ruffalo played a role that tackled the challenges of life, death and modern health care as his character fell in love with a woman in a coma. The storyline was fanciful, but it presented audiences with an underlying — if much debated — understanding: that living bodies, no matter how damaged, deserve consideration and demand respect, as all life does.”
His onscreen respect for vulnerable life unfortunately does not seem to translate to the real world.
2. Dianna Agron
Quinn Fabray was the squeaky clean, devoutly religious cheerleader on “Glee.” That was briefly in season one. Viewers soon found out that Quinn cheated on her boyfriend Finn by sleeping with his best friend Puck. Unsurprisingly, she finds herself pregnant. Unlike many young teenagers today, Quinn doesn’t go to a Planned Parenthood to seek “help.” She chooses life for her unplanned child and gives her up for adoption.
In reality, however, Agron is proudly pro-abortion. Here she is speaking at a NARAL event:
If only Agron would have shared with the audience how Quinn, when faced with a difficult situation, ultimately chose life for her child.
3. Ellen Page
Oh, Juno. This one is pretty obvious. When The Guardian asked Page about the controversy her role as the pregnant teenager Juno caused in 2007, her response would make any pro-lifer shake their head:
“I was like, you know what? You all need to calm down. People are so black and white about this. Because she kept the baby everybody said the film was against abortion. But if she’d had an abortion everybody would have been like, “Oh my God.” I am a feminist and I am totally pro-choice, but what’s funny is when you say that people assume that you are pro-abortion. I don’t love abortion but I want women to be able to choose and I don’t want white dudes in an office being able to make laws on things like this. I mean what are we going to do – go back to clothes hangers?”
In another interview, Page again claimed Juno’s decision was not exactly “pro-life”:
“I think she dealt with it in a democratic way. She goes to the clinic and Juno deals with it in a relatively nonchalant manner and the reason she decides to leave is actually just because of some random, weird reason. It’s about fingernails.”
That interview was seven years ago. I hope an older Page would now realize her comments were baseless. Contrary to Page’s interpretation, Juno’s decision to walk away from the abortion clinic because of fingernails was not a “random, weird reason.” The character understood that at this point in her pregnancy, her baby had her own unique fingernails – a distinctly human feature. With that realization, she couldn’t deny the humanity of her child in the womb. Watch the clip below – it’s still, in my opinion, the best scene in the film:
4. Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman’s role as Lynette Scavo on “Desperate Housewives” offered at least one particularly pro-life moment. Speak4life.org highlighted the scene in which Lynette is initially dismayed by her late pregnancy announcement at age 40, questioning if she can manage another mouth to feed. But, after considering the “gift” of being a mom, she quickly changes her mind.
Once again, however, we see the actress’s ideals don’t exactly resemble those of the character she portrayed:
“She was the co-chair of the September 15 NARAL Power of Choice luncheon where the chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker. NARAL said Huffman ‘is one of the entertainment community’s greatest champions of a woman’s right to choose.’”
In 2011, Huffman and her husband William H. Macy even performed a cringe worthy duet at a NARAL Pro-Choice America event, in which they mocked Bill O’Reilly and sang lyrics such as, “I’m supporting my parents’ two unpopular wars, so let me decide what goes on in my drawers”:
5. Allison Janney
Janney is best known for her role on the long running series “The West Wing,” but her minor role in “Juno” is what’s worth consideration in regards to her views on abortion. In 2009, Janney voiced her support for pro-abortion President Barack Obama and promoted the efforts of the pro-abortion organization EMILY’s List:
“With Republicans already on the air attacking our candidates and busy distorting President Obama’s accomplishments, every contribution EMILY’s List receives will be put to use right away,” Janney said. “Your contribution will be used immediately to recruit strong, pro-choice Democratic women candidates and build a talented, progressive field for 2010.”
Compare this with Janney’s role in “Juno.” When her daughter reveals that she is pregnant and is giving her child up for adoption, Janney’s character, Bren, is distraught. But, after some reflection, she acknowledges that another couple is going to experience the joy of being parents in an otherwise unfortunate predicament:
“Somebody else is going to find a precious blessing from Jesus in this garbage dump of a situation.”
In a later scene, Bren accompanies Juno to her ultrasound. When she sees the stunning image of her granddaughter, she is visibly emotional and cries tears of joy. What’s more, she defends her daughter’s parenting skills to a rather rude ultrasound technician. The scene is endearing, hysterical and worth watching.
It’s unfortunate these actors can’t realize and appreciate the pro-life messages in their own work. I guess once the scripts are put away and the cameras are turned off, their true agendas get the spotlight.