A friend recently sent me a link to a strong prolife blog post written by someone I would call an "outside the box" prolifer, in Hollywood. I've often said that one of my favorite prolifers of all time is Nat Hentoff, atheist editor of the Village Voice. Nobody could write him off as a conservative Sunday School teacher. This guy doesn’t fit the image either.
Actor Gary Graham first appeared in a feature film role opposite George C. Scott in "Hardcore." He's been in numerous feature firms as well as many TV movies and series. He had a recurring role as Capt. Ingles on “J.A.G.”
Still active in the film business, Gary now is a producer for the new reality TV show, “The Ultimate Shooter” and is working with Jace Hall and HD FILMS at Warner Brothers writing and producing the new internet webseries, “What If..?” He lives near Los Angeles, enjoys time spent with his family, working weekends as a volunteer ski patroller, golfing, and flying.
Those, like me, who enjoy Star Trek, might remember Graham as the actor who played in a number of "Star Trek: Enterprise "episodes the Vulcan official named Soval. (For those who hate Star Trek, you're not going to talk me out of it; I've always loved sci-fi, which believe it or not prepared me to hear the gospel as a teenager. I don't watch the inappropriate stuff, and don't have cable, since if I did I'd be on the sci-fi channel too much. Speaking of which, any Stargate SG-1 fans out there? Richard Dean Anderson's the man.)
Okay, so back to Gary Graham. He contributes to a site called Big Hollywood, where he wrote his blog post Flashpoint! A Woman’s Right To Choose. Disclaimer: the language in his post is coarse, part of his being outside the box, but what he's written is well worth reading. I hope he's reaching people on this issue that those like me never will.
Here are a couple paragraphs from the post:
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.
While I'm on the prolife subject, check out this article from The Washington Post about alternatives to aborting babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. It features the family of blogger Barbara Curtis, who adopted three children with Down syndrome. We love you, Barbara. Thanks for who you are and what you do.