UPDATE 3/3, 3:20a: Matthew Balan at NewBusters.com reports that while ABC News mentioned Jane Russell’s botched abortion as a teen, it failed to mention that the incident converted her into a staunch pro-lifer.

3/2, 4:44a: I had no idea Jane Russell was pro-life. How sweet. I might add that a multitude of post-abortive mothers could testify today to being rendered infertile by legal back alley abortions. From the Boston Globe, March 1:

Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame as the sexy star of Howard Hughes’ 1941 Western The Outlaw, died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. She was 89.

Although Russell largely retired from Hollywood after her final film, 1970’s Darker Than Amber, she had remained active in her church, with charitable organizations and with a local singing group until her health began to decline just a couple weeks ago…. She died at her home in Santa Maria….

Despite her mother’s Christian preachings, young Jane had a wild side. She wrote in her 1985 autobiography, My Paths and Detours, that during high school she had a back-alley abortion, which may have rendered her unable to bear children….

She was the leader of the Hollywood Christian Group, a cluster of film people who gathered for Bible study and good works. After experiencing problems in adopting her 3 children, she founded World Adoption International Agency, which has helped facilitate adoptions of more than 40,000 children from overseas….

“Without faith, I never would have made it,” she commented a few months after her third husband’s death. “I don’t know how people can survive all the disasters in their lives if they don’t have any faith, if they don’t know the Lord loves them and cares about them and has another plan.”…

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her name to either the Care Net Pregnancy and Resource Center of Santa Maria or the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County.

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