(LifeSiteNews) — Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway drew sharp criticism on Tuesday for claiming that the legalized killing of a preborn baby can be synonymous with “mercy.”
The Devil Wears Prada and Princess Diaries star made the remarks during a November 1 interview on ABC’s “The View,” claiming that her “personal experience with abortion” caused her to believe that “abortion can be another word for mercy.”
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Hathaway’s comments were in response to prompting by co-host Joy Behar, who asked her to expound on a July Instagram post in which Hathaway decried the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overrule Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), which had established a federal “right to abortion.”
In her social media post on the 16th-year anniversary of the release of The Devil Wears Prada, in which she co-starred with Meryl Streep, Hathaway said she was “struck by the fact that the young female characters in this movie built their lives and careers in a country that honored their right to have choice over their own reproductive health,” and added, “See you in the fight xx.”
Asked by Behar on Tuesday why it was “important for you to write something like that?” Hathaway responded, “Because we’re in the fight. We’re in the fight every day.”
“We’re in the fight every minute. And you mentioned ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ turning sweet 16. Some 16-year-old’s life has been irrevocably changed because of the overturning of Roe v. Wade,” Hathaway continued, going on to argue that for a young career woman “your reproductive destiny matters a great deal.”
Asserting that her remarks didn’t amount to “a moral conversation about abortion,” the 39-year-old actress and mother of two framed her perspective opposing the rollback of Roe as “a practical conversation about women’s rights and, by the way, human rights because women’s rights are human rights and the freedom we all need to be able to choose and build our lives and have access to excellent health care.”
Continuing, Hathaway said that “without going into too many details, my own personal experience with abortion, abortion can be another word for mercy.”
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“We don’t know,” she went on. “We know that no two pregnancies are alike, and it follows that no two lives are alike. It follows that no two conceptions are alike. So how can we have a law? How can we have a point of view on this that says we must treat everything the same? Where I come at it from is when you allow for choice, you allow for flexibility which is what we need in order to be human.”
It’s unclear how having a legally protected “choice” to kill one’s own preborn baby would be necessary “in order to be human.”
Hathaway received widespread backlash for her comments from conservatives and pro-life personalities on Twitter.
“Anne Hathaway said today that abortion is ‘another word for mercy.’ No, dismembering the body parts of a child is not merciful,” wrote Planned Parenthood director turned prominent pro-life advocate Abby Johnson.
“At what point in the procedure does Anne Hathaway think that there is any ‘mercy’ in abortion?” asked Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Before or after an innocent child is dismembered?”
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A Pennsylvania court issued a split ruling against a pro-life Franciscan priest and activist arrested after he entered an abortion clinic to help women choose life.
Father Christopher “Fidelis” Moscinski was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges and not guilty of a felony trespass and a misdemeanor resist, for participating in a Red Rose Rescue at a Planned Parenthood.
Fr. Moscinski entered the clinic on August 27, 2021 with red roses and pro-life literature ready to hand out to women and persuading them to choose life for their children.
Fr. Fidelis has participated in many Red Rose Rescues at abortion centers, and for this has been imprisoned multiple times.
He was also previously arrested for trying to save babies in Ohio in June 2021 and in New Jersey in January 2020.
After the court decision, Fr. Fidelis urged people to “continue keeping all pro-lifers anywhere who are facing charges, especially federal charges, in your prayers, and that God can bring some good out of this unjust persecution.”
Sign this petition today to let Fr. Fidelis know you stand with him and his heroic fight to save unborn lives from abortion.
Fellow pro-life activist and Red Rose Rescuer Will Goodman told LifeSite’s Jim Hale that the court’s ruling to drop one felony and reject another was a “big victory.”But the crackdown on pro-lifers continues!
Just recently the Biden administration targeted Fr. Fidelis and other pro-life activists for Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) violation charges.
This same law was also used by the FBI to raid the home of pro-life Catholic dad Mark Houck last month.
It’s really a disgrace that in America pro-lifers are increasingly being attacked and persecuted simply because they stand for life.
Fr. Fidelis Moscinski needs your prayers and support now more than ever as he continues to fearlessly battle for the unborn.
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Podcast host Liz Wheeler took aim at Hathaway’s comments regarding the ability of career women to be successful without access to abortion, which she characterized as “a HORRIBLE thing to tell young women.”
“What will God say to Anne Hathaway on Judgment Day when she proposes the idea that killing babies in the womb is mercy?” Wheeler asked.
What will God say to Anne Hathaway on Judgment Day when she proposes the idea that killing babies in the womb is mercy?
Also, what a HORRIBLE thing to tell young women, that in order to succeed in your career, you have to kill your children. That’s FALSEpic.twitter.com/fbYzz2zqgf
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Rachel Campos-Duffy, a FOX & Friends co-host and mother of nine, including a daughter with Down syndrome, pointed out that “80% of babies diagnosed w/ Down Syndrome are aborted,” a number that rises to 100% in Iceland.
“Is this ‘mercy’ or profiling (of the deadliest kind)?” Campos-Duffy said, adding that her daughter Valentine is “not a defect. She’s a human being as worthy of life & love as you are #AnneHathaway.”
Daily Signal senior reporter Mary-Margaret Olohan said the clip gave off dystopian vibes.
“There’s something truly Hunger Games-esq about a glitzily dressed movie star advocating for mercy-killing unborn babies as the ladies of The View beam and applaud,” she wrote.
Abortion advocacy isn’t a new posture for Hathaway. In 2019, she decried Alabama’s pro-life law banning most abortions, which she said was enacted with the “complicity of white women” and would “lead to the unnecessary and avoidable deaths of women, a disproportionate number of whom will be poor and/or black.”
Hathaway did not address the fact that no pro-life law requires a woman to become pregnant, and 100% of successful abortions result in the deaths of preborn babies, a disproportionate number of whom are black.