National Catholic Register


Irreverently Pro-Life Actor

BY Tom Hoopes

| Posted 2/8/09 at 12:12 PM


Lifesite spotted a “Big Hollywood” article by Star Trek actor Gary Graham about abortion.

He has paid for three of them, he says. Now he has come to realize abortion is murder.

His Jan. 27 comments are irreverent and include profanity, but it is all part of their honest expression of his message:

“I’m going to say it. I’m going to say what millions know in the front of their brains and many, many more millions know in the depths of their hearts … but won’t allow themselves to think it, much less feel it. And believe me, I know I’ll be hated for saying it; I’ll be hated by people who don’t know me, have never worked with me, have never golfed with me, had a drink with me, shot the——with me. They’ve never met me, don’t want to meet me … but they will hate me. I’m going to say it anyway: Abortion is murder.”

He speaks of fathering children during his hippie days, and says:

“I have been on all sides of this issue for most of my life, and I can simply not escape the logic. That fetus a pregnant woman is carrying inside of her, regardless of the gestation stage, is a living, breathing human being. Yes, breathing – the amniotic sac forms 12 days after conception, and in the second trimester, the baby is actually breathing the amniotic fluid. It’s not an ‘unviable tissue mass.’ Not a wart, a mole, a skin outcropping, a boil, or a bundle of uncoordinated cells. It’s not just a ‘fetus’.

“It’s a baby. Not fully developed, true. Like an infant is not a fully developed and mature adult. But it’s a baby.”

He even addresses the health of the mother clause:

“Girls in college told me what a joke that was. They’d go in to see a doctor, tell him they’re pregnant, and the conversation went like this:

“Doctor: ‘You’re feeling suicidal?’ (hint hint, wink nudge.)

“Girl: ‘Oh. Yeah… suicidal. I’m feeling suicidal.’

“Doctor: ‘All right, then.’

He spoke about “viability”:

“But what about three-day old baby? Or even a two-week old baby? If you set it down on the floor and leave it alone…will it survive on its own? Or will it die? So what’s the cutoff for determining whether it’s a baby or not?”

He spoke of the “pro-choice” argument:

“Try this exercise: Every time you hear someone use the phrase ‘…a woman’s right to choose…’ mentally complete the phrase with the following words – ‘… to kill her baby.’ That’s what the argument’s about. A woman’s right to kill her baby.”

Read the whole thing. (Warning: Profanity)