On January 27 actor Gary Graham wrote an incredible op ed on Breitbart's Big Hollywood professing his belief in the sanctity of human life while confessing he "paid for three of them [abortions] and was responsible for probably several more." In his piece Graham makes a plethora of solid pro-life points, displaying sound knowledge on pro-life apologics, human biology, and politics. Good for him. I imagine his writing stuff like this comes with great professional and personal risks.
Read Graham's bio here. It states he is probably best known for his role as Det. Matt Sikes in the tv series Alien Nation and subsequent Alien Nation tv movies. Trekkie fans will know Graham for his recurring character Ambassador Soval in Star Trek: Enterprise.
Read Graham's column on page 2 (swear words tempered, but be prepared)...
[HT: LifeSiteNews.com via reader Mary Ann M.]
I'm not a person filled with hate. I don't brew strong stomach acids when I hear/see things I think horrendously idiotic or unjust in the news or on the street. Initially, my reaction is to laugh. The irony is simply too much, and I crack up. Generally, it's either laugh...or cry. And who wants to spend the day in tears? For I would, were I to give in to that option of dealing with the utter, naked insanity in our midst on a daily basis. I'm not just talking about something that 'isn't quite right' or... 'is just a tad out of whack'...I'm talking about the United States of America in this year of 2009 being completely off its moorings and slipping into the abyss.
"What the h*** is Graham on about now?? What momentous, screeching rant is he conjuring up now; can somebody put him on a stupid TV show so he'd shut up already??" - Your name here.
No. 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 sh** 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....
Screams, bomb blasts, machine-gun rounds rip through plaster, I duck, but the copper-tip spears tear into meat, I run, the fire sears flesh, more screams, are they coming from me, or are they my head being torn from...my...
In the sixties and seventies I was a proud part of the peace generation. Long-haired hippies, rocker-lovers, lover-rockers, music festivals, drug explorations, peace not war, and there's this cute piece right next to me, I've got a sleeping bag, would you like to get warm, and there's a little hash left, you're so pretty... Hey don't laugh, we thought we were changing the world. Free love, baby, do it if it feels good, don't look back, power to the peeps, and do your own thing. Wow, really? You mean you can be cool, have a lot of sex...and save the world all at the same time? Da** this is so f*cking bitchen! Ooh, my hair's getting really good in the back... (Brown shoes... don't make it! -- F.Zappa)
But wait - I'm in college. I'm on a fast track to jump into the business world. I'm going to be some stick-up-the-butt loser in some establishment straight-a** job, when I really just want to party. Oops, I mean... I want to help save the world! Through drugs, sex and rock and roll. All right, we don't really have a solid business plan made up yet...but we're working on it. Of course I'm a Democrat! Duh!
End of flashback.
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.
And the first time I got a girl pregnant, I would have wrestled you to the ground for saying that. How f*cking dare you? You don't know what you're talking about! You piece of crap, you don't know!
Well I do know. And I stand condemned. I've paid for three of them and was responsible for probably several more, I'm not really sure. But it breaks my heart. Because I've been convicted in my soul. It took years after the fact, but I was shown the Truth. And not to get mumbo-jumbo, oogly-boogly on you, but it was a spiritual awakening that did it. It happened unexpectedly, and it threw me to my knees in sudden tearful epiphany of what it meant for a man to be with a woman, what sex was really designed for by our Creator and... what abortion is.
And up until that point, I was completely 'Pro-Choice'. I had bought the whole 'women's rights' thing, completely agreed with 'the constitutional right of a woman's freedom to choose'...and I was just fine with that. Sure took the pressure off of me, a guy, interested in sex who had been raised in the era of, "Hey, you get a girl pregnant, you marry her!" But times had changed. Now abortions could be had legally if a doctor determined the life of the mother was in danger. 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."
Abortion as a method of birth control became the norm. I knew a few girls who had had as many as five of them by the time they were twenty-five. And they seemed fine on it...mostly because everyone around them was telling them that they should feel fine about it.
So this abortion thing was pretty da** convenient for a guy. And for a time, I was quite the Lothario. I kept a roster of seven girlfriends. Why seven? I don't know...maybe Lucky Number 7 (yeah maybe)...or seven days in a week (more likely). But I would meet someone new, and I would simply go through my list...and kick one girl off. I would simply stop calling her. And to my great shame...this was my chosen method to 'decathect.' In retrospect, I wish I'd had the balls of utter honesty in my early relationships; but I was a drug-addled, post college idiot and that was the best I could muster. This was my m.o. and I knew I wasn't alone...not by a long shot. We were proud products of the Love Generation.
Jump forward thirty years and Nancy Pelosi tells us yesterday that 'family planning' is now a fiscal responsibility to 'reduce costs.' Her defenders will say that NO, she's talking about condoms and sex education. But anyone with a mind who's been around for a while knows that 'family planning' is code for abortion. She is asking for 200 million dollars for Family Planning Services to 'expand the economy.' These are taxpayer dollars, dontcha know. Your money. She says states are in terrible fiscal crisis and it's 'part of what we do for childrens' health and education'..." I'm trying to figure out how ripping an unborn child from it's womb is aiding in it's health or education, but maybe I'm missing something here.
I've heard it argued that a fetus is not a baby because it could not survive outside the womb on its own. 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 cut-off for determining whether it's a baby or not?
It really comes down to this: when does life begin? When is it a baby? At the point of conception? First trimester? Third? At the point of actual delivery? When the umbilical cord is cut? Two weeks afterward? When?
I'm telling you, once you draw that line and say this is the moment it's a human being...you've lost the argument. Because it's arbitrary. On this date it's a baby, but yesterday it was just a bunch of cells...this blob of a nothing and you can do anything you want with it, it's okay. Babies have been born premature in the second trimester and lived. Happens all the time. So please, somebody tell me how is taking a baby and delivering all but the head, then plunging a tube into its skull and sucking the brains out...how is that not murder? This is what happens in partial-birth abortions, and unfortunately, this happens all the time, too.
And we as a nation...as a people...are all right with this?
I understand the hate that is leveled at someone like me who reminds people of this. To contemplate the reality is daunting. The act is horrendous and made more tragic when you consider the numbers of babies that are being disposed of every day.
Our willingness to tolerate such a holocaust says volumes of how our entire culture has been coarsened. How life itself has been cheapened. We are told to have sex any time we feel the urge. Condoms are handed out in grade schools. Promiscuity is not only condoned, it's tacitly encouraged. Illegitimacy has enslaved an entire underclass of our citizens, relegating them to government assistance for a lifetime, bankrupting cities, and holding an entire subculture down in dependent despair. But if you should get pregnant and it's just not a 'convenient' time for you, don't worry, there are Family Planning Services, funded, thanks to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, by your tax dollars. That inconvenient fetus can be surgically ripped from its uterine moorings, ground up and tossed into the trash like so much garbage. Problem solved, and the mother can resume her egocentric lifestyle. But the scars on that woman's soul will never quite heal. I'm a man, but I've got them on mine.
I've heard from liberals the following quote: "We want abortion to be legal...but rare." And I ask, Why rare? What's wrong with abortion, that you think it should be a rare occurrence? I've had moles removed from my skin. Doctors don't tell us that a mole removal should be rare. So what's with this 'rare' business? Or is it a tacit agreement that abortion...is plain wrong?
And in the double-standard department... Will somebody tell me how it is that Scott Peterson gets convicted of a double homicide - his wife, and his unborn son - and yet it's not murder if a doctor does basically the same thing in a clinic? Explain it to me; why is it murder in the one case, and totally acceptable in the other? You tell me, "HEY! It's my body, I've got the right to do whatever I want with my body!!" Well, no you don't. You don't have the legal right to prostitute yourself (Nevada excepted). You don't have a right to pick up an axe and lop off your boyfriend's head if he gives you lip. You don't have the right to murder. And your anger will bring you back to the its-not-a-baby, it's-my-body mobius.
Illogic without end.
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.
In the extreme cases of incest...rape...severe birth defects. Hey, I don't know. I don't have all the answers. That's a tough one. But there has got to be a better way than abortion. Adoption comes to mind. With all the thousands of couples out there unable to make a baby...doesn't it seem the right thing to do...to give birth and give the unwanted baby up for adoption into a loving family?
Just a thought.
I saw my daughter's ultrasound when she was at four weeks. All I saw was this little pulsating cylinder about the size of my little fingernail. Each little vibration was a heartbeat. Yes, a heart barely formed; cells still differentiating into form and function...but her little heart was just wailing away. I burst into tears. And I realized... I was beholding an utter miracle. The miracle of life. And I also realized that from the very first merger of cell into cell, and the first divisions...that the whole miracle of life was from that point on struggling against all odds to become a fully-realised human being.
I don't mean to preach. I'm just telling you what I have come to know, and that I know that I know. The unborn fetus is a baby in development...and to end that life prematurely is to murder that life.
I truly wish that I had had this conviction way back when...when I was only concerned about my selfish convenience of the day. But I didn't want to know, I didn't want to think about it. It was inconvenient to think about it.
How ironic that the 'Love' Generation should spawn such a culturally accepted abomination as abortion.
May God have mercy on us all.
Abortion is murder. Most of these murders were proceeded by the sexual exploitation of women.
Even unborn women have rights. The abortion crowd wants an early abortion so the woman is quickly available for sexual exploitation.Posted by: xppc at February 4, 2009 8:53 AM
What a brutally honest confession. Too little emphasis is placed on the man's role in abortion. Abortion has allowed men to exercise their "love em and leave em" (and throw the pesky offspring in the garbage) mentality to a horifying reality. When I was in college I was part of a small discussion against abortion (I think I was nominally pro-life at the time), I remember clearly Bob's "pro-choice" endorsement was a smiling high five to Rick with a "well abortion saved our butts"Posted by: AnnE at February 4, 2009 9:20 AM
I read this the other day on Big Hollywood and thought it was a great article. I was impressed with his honesty, and I think he made some great points.Posted by: Kel at February 4, 2009 9:35 AM
The legacy of the "generation of love" will be less about love and more about uninhibited sex.Posted by: truthseeker at February 4, 2009 10:03 AM
I am grateful that he took a stand!!Posted by: Carla at February 4, 2009 10:05 AM
This admission of his will most likely get him blacklisted from the Hollywood crowd...but I admire him for doing it.
I used to like Dana Delaney until her recent statement on abortion. There's another one I wouldn't walk into the next room to see.Posted by: Mike at February 4, 2009 10:12 AM
I love it when celebrities speak the honest truth, not just spew garbage they picked up from the MSM. I wish more would do the same. I hate to say this, but so many people, especially from my generation, take what celebrities say as legitimate ideas worthy of lipservice. My friend is this way. She took Jack Black's opinion of Prop 8 to reinforce her own opinion. She's completely unable to think for herself. I hate to say this, but it's true. Our society worships these people as if what they say is the automatic truth, even if it's blatantly stupid. I really worry for our country.Posted by: Becca at February 4, 2009 10:24 AM
Interesting side-note. That lower-right image of Gary Graham is from one of my all-time favorite movies from when I was a little boy - Robot Jox. I bought the DVD for Robot Jox just last year in the mood for reminiscing, and found myself (ironically, now) pondering life issues while watching it.
In the movie, Graham plays a great warrior, one of the few that are chosen to operate these gigantic humanoid battle machines against a USSR-esque enemy. (A futuristic version of the ancient tradition of having your best warrior battle the other side's best warrior to decide a battle.)
The irony of the movie comes from one of the sub-plots. While Graham's character is unquestionably the best of the best, he is on the verge of forced retirement due to the emergence of a new generation of warriors, designed in a lab, GATTACA-style. The sub-plot involves the conflict between the traditional jox versus the new "gen jox", who the traditional people reject as unnatural.
Obviously, I never considered that as a 6-year-old, but it was an interesting new view on the movie. Side-sidenote... I still love seeing the giant robots battle to the end.Posted by: Alex at February 4, 2009 10:51 AM
As a professional actress (no those two words do not comprise an oxymoron) I can tell you that the arrival of the website BIGHOLLYWOOD.com is most welcome and desperately needed. You folks do not realize what suppression of free speech goes on against conservatives and libertarians in "the biz". A lot of it reminds me of old timer immigrants' stories of life in the USSR. Much of it is psychological pressure from fear of losing out on opportunities to act, direct, sing, whatever. So you really should admire Mr. Graham for using his headshot and real name over at BigHollywood.
And by the way, Becca, "celebrity" does not equal "working actor". 99% of working actors are NOT celebrities nor high wage earners. They are moms, dads, wage earners, parishioners, community volunteers, TAX PAYERS, and many are conservative. All are citizens who deserve their God given rights including the right to speech. I do not seek to deny leftie actors that right; let them speak. Then I can refute their idiocy with the FACTS - kryptonite to loonie lefties. :-)
I too admire Mr. Graham for his outburst of honest candor. It's a rare thing to see such a mea culpa nowdays, especially from a celebrity.Posted by: Doyle Chadwick at February 4, 2009 12:44 PM
BevC, Email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgPosted by: Andrew Breitbart at February 4, 2009 1:26 PM
Hello, Andrew! I am very much enjoying your new site.
BevC, thanks for standing up for what you believe in. I'm sure it isn't easy for you and others who are more conservative in their political ideologies.Posted by: Kel at February 4, 2009 3:12 PM
Have we set a date for the highly anticipated Kristol/Damon debate?Posted by: carder at February 4, 2009 3:23 PM
Brutal honesty of a heart set free...I was so touched by this...but of course my heart is tender toward life...this is awesome and I pray many will read it and see the truth...I pray for Mr.Graham seeing he has stepped into the fray...blessings, protection and provision for him and his family...Posted by: Brenda Craig at February 4, 2009 6:11 PM
ASHLEY JUDD is pro abortion....
Ashley Judd: Breathless
By Jeff Dufour and Kiki Ryan
POSTED January 27, 2009 | 4:20 PM
Among the millions of people who are excited by the election of President Obama is Ashley Judd, as she demonstrated at the 40th birthday luncheon for NARAL Pro-Choice America at the Hilton Washington Tuesday.
After flubbing a few lines, Judd, who emceed the event, stopped and said, “I need to take a breath. I get so excited.”
After a brief slide show featuring Bush and other anti-abortion politicians, during which the crowd booed and hissed, Judd remarked, “It’s so nice to live in America again.”
NARAL President Nancy Keenan, whom Judd called the “Barbra Streisand of the pro-choice movement” because “she does it all," had the mostly female crowd cracking-up during her speech, as she showed a picture of the bathroom at NARAL’s headquarters, which sports a photo of President Bush signing anti-abortion legislation.
“Can you think of a better birthday gift?” Keenan questioned as the picture morphed into the new president and this year’s newly elected Democratic senators.
Also on hand for the event: freshman Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Cynthia Tucker.
but anti hunting....
Judd versus Palin on wolves
Post a comment (28)Posted by: Ed Stoddard
Tags: Environment, Alaska, conservation, Judd, Sarah Palin, wildlife, wolves
Sarah Palin still has environmentalists howling.
The Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential hopeful is the target of a campaign by the Washington-based Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund which claims she is pushing for an expanded program for the shooting of wolves from the sky.
In a graphic video narrated by Hollywood star Ashley Judd, the group claims Palin even offered a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf collected. You can view the video here.
“When Sarah Palin came on the national scene last summer, few knew that she promotes the brutal aerial killing of wolves. Now, back in Alaska, Palin is again casting aside science and championing the slaughter of wildlife,” Judd says in the video, which features footage of a wolf howling in pain after apparently being shot from the sky.
On its web site, the group said in a statement that: “Governor Palin is expected shortly to introduce state legislation that would dramatically expand the aerial killing program by removing the few remaining scientific requirements from the program. ” Palin’s office was contacted by Reuters and was not immediately available for comment.
Palin, an avid hunter and angler like many Alaskans, has frequently clashed with environmentalists on issues ranging from artic oil drilling to the delisting of endangered species.
After suing last year to keep polar bears off the U.S. threatened species list, Alaska’s government said in January it plans to issue a similar challenge to block federal protections for a struggling population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet, a mature oil-producing basin.
Palin was credited with galvanizing the Democratic Party base and raising money for abortion rights causes last year because of her social and religious conservatism and strong opposition to abortion rights.
It seems Palin can still galvanize activsists on the left and in this case perhaps help raise money for a conservation group.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us Jill! It's refreshing to hear from a male and a male who has been on both sides of the issue. I am determined to convince President Obama to stop this horrible thing that some people call a "woman's choice."Posted by: Nicki at February 4, 2009 10:18 PM
I read this article a couple of days ago too. I appreciate his honesty.
"How ironic that the 'Love' Generation should spawn such a culturally accepted abomination as abortion."--finally some truth!Posted by: Starla at February 4, 2009 11:10 PM
What is even worse on this issue, is that Obama DOES NOT even have ONE clue how Maragret Sanger is just having a grand ole time in her grave with his overturning the GAG RULE.
He is playing right into a woman hands that was the founder of Planned Parenthood . A Black president is racialy cleansing his own people in the name of "A WOMANS RIGHT TO CHOOSE"!
Being ignorant sure isn't pretty! Is it?
His role that I have always found most disturbing, and sadly appropriate in light of this account of his epiphany, ws in Paul Schrader's groundbreaking 1979 movie "Hardcore" (with the late George C. Scott, who himself once appeared in a pro-abortion propaganda TV movie) as an ultra-sleazy pornographer/pimp. Like many of Schrader's movies (some of which are actually terrible, but always uncompromisingly honest), this one is hard to watch, but necessary for anyone who realizes the need to face what the MSM does.Posted by: John K. Walker at February 5, 2009 11:23 PM
TINA: A Black president is racialy cleansing his own people in the name of "A WOMANS RIGHT TO CHOOSE"! Being ignorant sure isn't pretty! Is it?
But being unkowingly, massively, incredibly ironic is! ; )Posted by: Doug at February 8, 2009 7:16 AM
"unknowingly" -- sheesh.Posted by: Doug at February 8, 2009 7:16 AM