In an essay he wrote in support of abortion activists, actor Mark Ruffalo celebrated the fact that his mother chose to abort his sibling years ago. The essay, posted on the "Stop Patriarchy" account on Saturday, was meant to be read at an abortion rights rally held in Jackson, Mississippi on August 17. In it, he defends his mother's choice and accuses members of the pro-life movement of using terrorist tactics. Ruffalo's essay was first reported on by LifeNews.com.
Ruffalo, who is best known for playing Bruce Banner (aka The Incredible Hulk) in the movie The Avengers. The openly liberal actor voiced his support for Barack Obama during last year's election, and has been an advocate to stop fracking, claiming it hurts the environment.
In the essay, Ruffalo described how his mother aborted his sibling, but does not elaborate on the circumstances. "I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman," he said. "It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning." At no point did Ruffalo address viability of the baby his mother aborted, nor the moral implications of ending a human life. Instead, Ruffalo makes his argument a one-sided affair, focusing instead on the rights of women rather than the personhood of an unborn child.
Ruffalo also attacks the pro-life movement in no uncertain terms. "There is nothing to be ashamed of here except to allow a radical and recessive group of people to bully and intimidate our mothers and sisters and daughters for exercising their right of choice," he wrote. "Or use terrorism and fanaticism to block their legal rights or take the lives of their caregivers."
LifeNews.com spoke with Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, who said “While Mark Ruffalo’s concern for his mother and a desire to not see any other woman go through the same pain is admirable, he has dismissed the fact that it is the preborn baby that endures the greatest loss during an abortion. It’s time that Hollywood celebrities use their fame to stand up for the lives of the preborn.”
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