Hollywood Star Blasts Abortion

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 7, 2017   

Television star pens pro-life piece for Jesuit publication

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Earlier this week, America Magazine featured an article by famous actress Patricia Heaton.

The Jesuit publication is usually known for a leftist slant. But in the piece on Monday, Heaton wrote about her Twitter war in August over Down syndrome abortions in Iceland.

On August 14, CBS News advertised for a program about Iceland by tweeting, "Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion."

Heaton blasted back, "Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference."

In the America article, Heaton addresses various issues related to Down syndrome and abortion. For example, she praises charities like "the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, whose mission is to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome and to eradicate the ill effects associated it."

Another issue she touches on is the socialist healthcare system in many Nordic countries: "While countries like Iceland are praised for their state-funded health care, the struggle to keep costs down creates an environment in which those who choose to give birth to a Down syndrome child may be considered selfish for using up precious resources."

At the end of the article, she gushes over the response she received on Twitter in August:

The morning after I posted the tweet, my feed started to explode in the most positive and joyful way. Not only did I receive thanks and encouragement but followers started posting pictures of their beautiful and very loved children with Down syndrome. It was a deeply hopeful display of true humanity — the loving spirit of inclusivity that regards all lives as precious incarnations of our Creator, worthy of love and entitled to life.

Heaton was raised Catholic but fell away from the Faith for a number of years after a divorce in favor of Protestantism. She later returned to the Church and obtained an annulment with the help of a priest from Opus Dei.

She is an active pro-lifer and a prominent member of Feminists for Life.

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