Famous People Speak on Abortion


Celebrities -

"People should never, ever have an abortion. Don't talk to me about it being a woman's right to choose what she does with her own body. The choice is between life and death."
-Jane Russell, silver screen star, abortion sufferer and pro-life advocate

"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."
-Kathy Ireland, model/businesswoman

"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."
-Mel Gibson, actor/director

"Indeed the tragedy of abortion haunts women from all walks of life. Abortion advocates are spending millions to package their tired rhetoric and half-truths in cutting-edge advertising campaigns targeted to young women......The early feminists were pro-life. And really, abortion is a huge disservice to women, and it hasn't been presented that way. As Feminists for Life - what we're trying to do is support women, and so what we want to do is - reach women on campus - college campuses so that, when they get pregnant, they can find housing. They can find money they need to stay in school."
-Patricia Heaton, actress/Honorary Chairperson of Feminists for Life

"I had the abortion and paid for it all my life until I healed and am now able to help other women."
-Jennifer O'Neill, actress and Cover Girl Spokesperson for 30 years

"Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy......I practiced my belief at great cost to myself....Women often don't believe that they can survive nine months of pregnancy and place the child with an adoptive family. Life is not always easy."
-Kate Mulgrew, actress (she became pregnant at an early age and decided to place her baby girl for adoption)

"The 1970s women's movement robbed us of our political birthright by changing the feminist platform to support abortion....Abortion hasn't fixed the litany of problems that women were promised would be resolved."
-Margaret Colin, actress/Honorary Co-Chair of Feminists for Life

"I used abortion as birth control. Abortion destroys self-worth and dignity."
-Star Parker, author and radio talk show host

Political leaders -

"The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all."

- Thomas Jefferson

“Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born."
- Ronald Reagan

“We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.”
- Ronald Reagan

“We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life -- the unborn -- without diminishing the value of all human life . . . there is no cause more important.”
- Ronald Reagan

“The real question today is not when human life begins, but, What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother's body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law—the same right we have.”
- Ronald Reagan

"The care of human life and not its destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government."
- Thomas Jefferson

"Wherever and whenever you avert your eyes from a wrong, from an injustice, -- you become part of the problem."
- Henry Hyde (U.S. Congressman from Illinois)

"The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing".
- Edmund Burke (British statesman and philosopher)

Spiritual leaders -

"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me. There is nothing between."
- Mother Theresa

"America you are beautiful . . . and blessed . . . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life."
- Pope John Paul II

"It seems to be clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime."
- Mahatma Gandhi (Abortion is Bad Karma, p.1 online)

"Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking."
- Dalai Lama (1993 New York Times interview)

"It is a poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."
- Mother Teresa

"There are two victims in every abortion: a dead baby and a dead conscience."
- Mother Teresa

“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is "Abortion", because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, "Murder" by the mother herself... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love... And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.”
- Mother Teresa

“We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, killings, of wars, or of hatred...If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?”
- Mother Teresa

"The Catholic community must offer support to those women who may find it difficult to accept a child, above all when they are isolated from their family and friends. Likewise, the community should be open to welcome back all who repent of having participated in the grave sin of abortion, and should guide them with pastoral charity to accept the grace of forgiveness, the need for penance, and the joy of entering once more into the new life of Christ."
- Pope Benedict XVI

"The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right -- it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society."
- Pope Benedict XVI

Writers -

“Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.”
- T.S. Eliot

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
- Elie Wiesel (also a political activist and Holocaust survivor)

“A person's a person, no matter how small.”
-Dr. Seuss

Others -

“My mother did not want a seventh child, so she decided to get rid of me before I was born. Then a marvelous thing happened. My aunt dissuaded her, and so I was permitted to be born. Think of it: It was a miracle!”
- Arthur Rubinstein, by common assent “the world’s greatest pianist”

“Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question of whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of its life. And that is nothing but murder.”

Dietrich Bonheoffer (German Lutheran Pastor, Theologian and Martyr, who opposed Nazism)

“The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being... If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.”
-John Calvin (Theologian)

"The fundamental fact of human awareness is this: I am life that wants to live in the midst of other life that wants to live. A thinking man feels compelled to approach all life with the same reverence he has for his own. Thus, all life becomes part of his own experience. From such a point of view, “good” means to maintain life, to further life, to bring developing life to its highest value. “Evil” means to destroy life, to hurt life, to keep life from developing. This, then is the rational, universal and basic principle of ethics. "
- Albert Schweitzer (Theologian, organist, philosopher, physician and medical missionary)

“Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!”
- Susan B. Anthony (American women's civil rights leader)

“Pregnancy is not a disease for which abortion is the cure. Abortion is not health care and should not be included in these insurance plans at taxpayers’ expense.”
- Dr. Charmaine Yoest (AUL President and CEO)

"No problem is so great that it warrants destruction of innocent life."
- Denise F. Cocciolone (Founder/President of the National life Center)


"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
-Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood), Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

"...'human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." (on blacks, immigrants and indigents)
-Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, 1922

"An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun."
- A 1963 Planned Parenthood brochure confirming that life begins at conception

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