Amplified by the media, celebrities and voices in entertainment regularly celebrate abortion and “reproductive justice.” But not all of Hollywood is with them – especially when it comes to the recent passage of New York’s abortion-friendly law.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) on January 22, the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States. The RHA allows abortions “within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or [when] there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health” – the patient meaning the mother, not the unborn child.
While the RHA appears to restrict abortion after 24 weeks, it doesn’t: the legislation fails to define what could be considered threatening to a mother’s “life or health.” That’s something these stars noticed, from Patricia Heaton to Dean Cain.
Here are 10 big names expressing outrage against Gov. Cuomo’s legislation:
1. Patricia Heaton
The actress brought up former Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell in her condemnation of New York’s law. Among other things, Gosnell was convicted in May 2013 for one count of involuntary manslaughter and for the first-degree murder of three babies after a horrific trial in which witnesses remembered baby abortion survivors “swimming" in toilets “to get out.”
“Everything Kermit Gosnell was arrested, convicted, and jailed for is now legal in New York - except in New York you don't even have to be a doctor,” stressed Heaton in a Jan. 24 tweet that included a video explaining the ramifications of the RHA. “Nice work @NYGovCuomo.”
2. Dean Cain
The Lois & Clark star expressed similar sentiments in a Fox News interview, saying that the law would “make the crimes of Kermit Gosnell legal.” Cain is familiar with Gosnell’s story, having recently starred in and served as an executive producer for the film Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer.
“The worst thing I learned [during the film’s production] was what actually takes place during a late-term abortion,” Cain urged. “It’s gruesome.”
In a September interview, Cain admitted that even though he identified as pro-choice, he condemned Gosnell for performing countless abortions after 24 weeks.
3. Robert Davi
“I cannot tell you how disturbed I am to hear that in New York state they passed a bill whereby you can abort babies up to nine months,” the Die Hard actor said in a Jan. 25 video. “I’m astounded. I don’t understand what’s happening to this country.”
Davi wanted to know how Gov. Cuomo, who is of “Italian-American roots,” could “let this happen and celebrate it and cheer for it.”
“You really think you can rip a baby from the womb at nine months and it’s okay?” he asked at one point. He concluded by asking Americans to join him in prayer.
4. Kaya Jones
Jones rose to fame as a former Pussycat Doll. Today, among other things, the singer serves in the National Diversity Coalition For Trump and routinely advocates for the unborn on Twitter.
“So New York has just allowed Governor Cuomo to sign into effect abortions up to 9 months. That’s cold blooded murder!” Jones reacted to the news Jan. 23. “God help you evil people. I pray for your salvation.”
5. Charlie Daniels
The 82-year-old country rock singer went so far as to compare Gov. Cuomo to a Hitler figure.
“Watch the wrinkles on Cuomo’s face lengthen as the ramifications of the thousands of murders he has sanctioned come to bear on him,” Daniels tweeted to his followers on Jan. 26. “The NY legislature has created a new Auschiwitz [sic] dedicated to the execution of a whole segment of defenseless citizens. Satan is smiling.”
6. Kevin Sorbo
Sorbo criticized the “shocking” New York abortion law, declaring “Wow.....what is going on with people in America,” in a Facebook post on Jan. 25.
He argued that the “bill went much further than Roe v. Wade” because it “struck down an existing law, section 4164 of NY’s Public Health Law, which mandated medical care for any baby born alive during an abortion.”
7. Margaret Colin
8. Scott Baio
“Walls are not immoral..............full term abortions are!!!” the Happy Days actor tweeted Jan. 24. His tweet included an image, attributed to Hannah Grieser, of the traditional “I [Heart] NY” sign. But in the place of a heart, Grieser drew a cartoon of an unborn baby with blood droplets.
9. Brooke Ligertwood
The Hillsong Worship singer posted a old photo of herself pregnant with daughter Rooney on Jan. 24 to criticize the abortion law.
“Rooney was in here. She could hear everything. She knew my voice, my heartbeat,” the Christian singer said.
“Yet - if this was me in 2019 in New York from this week on, I would be within my rights … to go into a clinic and have a toxic substance injected into her skull, where she would then writhe in agony as she died a horrific and possibly prolonged death,” she added. “I would then deliver her corpse. Not a cluster of cells - a fully formed child.”
10. Jenn Johnson
The Bethel Music singer also chimed in by posting a description of a late-term abortion to Instagram.
“This is pure evil. Full term abortion legalized in 19 states & now New York. PRAY this is overturned,” she said.
These 10 aren’t alone. Other big names, like NFL player Benjamin Watson, have protested the law, along with Catholic leaders and American mothers. While many in the media prop up abortion supporters, the pro-life movement exists. A Marist poll revealed Jan. 15 that 75 percent of Americans want abortion limited to the first three months of pregnancy. New York’s abortion law is out of touch not just for some in Hollywood but also for many in America.