On August 17th, 2013, actor Mark Ruffalo
attended an Abortions Rights Rally in Jackson, MS. This is my
response to his speech (mine is in bold type).
I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have
two daughters and 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. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing
for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I
heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would
make a woman do that. I could not understand its lack of humanity;
today is no different.
I am certain that you feel absolutely blessed having your two
daughters but you do realize that you had absolutely no legal say in
whether you had two, one or no daughters. That you have them is
because your wife wanted them, not because you wanted them.
The last point you make I totally agree with but for
different reasons. Today’s lack of humanity is for those who are
FOR abortions not against them. Not certain if you have been
hiding under a rock or only getting your news from the mainstream media,
but where in the heck have you been? Have you not heard of the
Gosnell trial and the other clinics that have shut down due to the
horrific conditions found in them? Have you not seen the protests
where people are more concerned with being able to end a baby’s life
rather than the condition in which they are receiving their abortion?
Have you not seen the pictures from the Austin, TX pro-abortion
protest where some women had their daughters (they looked under the age
of 6) wearing signs with wording such as “If I wanted the government in
my vagina I would ‘f**k’ a senator”.
What happened to my mother was a relic of an America that was not
free nor equal nor very kind. My mother’s illegal abortion marked a
time in America that we have worked long and hard to leave behind.
It was a time when women were seen as second rate citizens who
were not smart enough, nor responsible enough, nor capable enough to
make decisions about their lives. It was a time that deserved to
be left behind, and leave it behind we did, or so it seemed. We
made abortion and a woman’s ability to be her own master a Right.
That Right was codified into law. That law was the law of the land
for decades. My own mother fought to make herself more than a
possession; she lived her life as a mother who chose when she would have
children, and a wife who could earn a living if she so chose. I
want my daughters to enjoy that same choice. I don’t want to turn
back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the
thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room
just south of the state line. Where a transaction of $600 cash
becomes the worth of a young woman’s life. So that is why I am
lending my voice to you and your movement today. Because I
actually trust the women I know. I trust them with their choices, I
trust them with their bodies and I trust them with their
children. I trust that they are decent enough and wise enough and
worthy enough to carry the right of Abortion and not be forced to
criminally exercise that Right at the risk of death or jail time.
You mentioned that your mother fought to make herself more
than a possession, yet the result is that your mother fought to make
babies into a possession that was kept or killed depending on whether it
was wanted or not. If it is not right for your mother to be
treated as a possession, then it is not right to treat the unborn that
way. Women fought hard for those rights, and to see the
pro-abortion women of today happily doing to the unborn what was done to
them legally in the past absolutely disgusts me.
You are lending your voice to an industry that doesn’t truly
care about women, but the almighty dollar. If the industry truly
cared, and if those pro-abortion advocates truly cared about the women,
the Gosnells, et al would not exist in 2013. You talk about the
disgust in the conditions that women were put through during your
mother’s time, but it is still happening in 2013. And the
pro-abortionists are fluffing it off as a rarity when it is not.
There was no mistake us making Abortion legal and available on
demand. That was what we call progress. Just like it was no
mistake that we abolished institutional racism in this country around
the same time. The easy thing to do is lay low, but then are we
who we say we are? Do we actually stand for anything, if what we
do stand for is under attack and we say nothing? 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. Or use terrorism and fanaticism
to block their legal rights or take the lives of their
caregivers. Or design legislation that would chip away at those
rights disguised as reinforcing a woman’s health. I invite you to
find your voice and let it be known that you stand for abortion rights
and the dignity of a woman to be the master of her own life and
body. I invite you to search your soul and ask yourself if you
actually stand for what you say you stand for. Thank you for being
here today and thank you for standing up for the women in my life.
Sincerely and humbly, Mark Ruffalo
There is much to be ashamed about with regard to abortion and
the industry and supporters. Where pro-abortionists can freely
speak but those who are against it are attacked. The radical and
recessive are those fighting to end an innocent’s life, and at the same
time are only concerned about enshrining it and allowing the appalling
conditions to remain. When an abortion happens you then deny the unborn
the ultimate right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.
How can you justify denying the unborn child this right, only
because someone else has deemed it unworthy of life?