When people think of factors involved in Hollywood success, motherhood probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.
Despite what the embittered rantings of childless pro-abortion fanatic Ashley Judd might lead you to believe, however, many of the world’s most famous actresses have shown that women can have glamour, a successful movie career, critical acclaim and be a mom, too.
5. MARION COTILLARD — The 36-year-old French actress won the Oscar in 2007 for her portrayal of singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. She and her boyfriend, actor/director Guillaume Canet, last year had a son named Marcel.
4. KATE WINSLET — After being nominated three previous times — for Titanic (1997), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Little Children (2006) — Winslet finally claimed her Best Actress award for The Reader in 2007. She had daughter Mia in 2000, with her first husband, director Jim Threapleton. After her divorce from Threapleton, she married director Sam Mendes, with whom she had son Joe in 2003.
3. JULIA ROBERTS — She was first nominated for her role in 1990′s Pretty Woman, but had to wait another decade to win Best Actress honors as Erin Brockovich in 2000. She and her husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, have three children, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, born in 2004, and son Henry born in 2007.
2. REESE WITHERSPOON – Having gained widespread critical acclaim in Election (1999), Witherspoon won the Oscar for her feisty role as June Carter Cash in the 2005 biopic Walk The Line. She had two children — Ava, born in 1999, and Deacon, born in 2003 — with her first husband, actor Ryan Phillippe. Now 36, Witherspoon recently announced that she is expecting another child with her second husband, agent Jim Toth. And now, the No. 1 Academy Award-Winning Beauty Who Is a Mom (Unlike Ashley Judd . . .
1. NATALIE PORTMAN — Having won international fame as Princess Amidala in the second Star Wars trilogy, Portman won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a ballerina in Black Swan in 2010. Now 30 years old, Portman last year gave birth to a son, Aleph Portman-Millepied, and married husband Benjamin Millepied earlier this year.
HELP FOR ASHLEY JUDD
It would be unnecessarily cruel, of course, for pro-life Christians to repay Ashley Judd’s venomous attacks in kind, without offering any prospect for healing the profound spiritual wounds that most likely explain her psycho-political aggressions.
- ABORTION & EMOTIONAL TRAUMA
Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) has been the subject of heated controversy in the mental-health community. Some psychologists dispute the existence of PASS, while many post-abortive women have described symptoms including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep problems, inability to function in relationships, and even suicidal thoughts.
- ABORTION, INFERTILITY & LOST CHOICES
Emotional disturbances in post-abortive women may be most stressful in those who subsequently experience infertility. Common sense suggests the two phenomena (abortion and infertility) would demonstrate a degree of correlation; factors associated with unplanned pregnancies are also often implicated in fertility disorders, and infections or other medical complications of abortion may impair a woman’s future childbearing ability. In such cases, obviously, women may be overwhelmed with the thought that in making the choice to have an earlier abortion, they have in fact lost what would have been their subsequent choice to become mothers.
- ASHLEY JUDD: A CASE STUDY?
The actress Ashley Judd’s outspoken support of NARAL, and her use of cruel jokes about abortion to mock Rick Santorum, suggest the possibility that Judd is herself post-abortive. Certainly, there is reason to believe that Judd’s strident pro-abortion statements are at least partly motivated by her own personal problems. She has described herself as a survivor of sexual abuse and recounted her history of depression and, in 2006, told Glamour magazine she spent 47 days being treated in a Texas facility for her mental-health issues. According to at least one tabloid account, Judd’s marriage to Indy-car racer Dino Franchitti nearly broke up because of her inability to have children, despite undergoing years of treatment for infertility. Given this background, we cannot dismiss the likelihood that Judd’s pro-abortion politics represent an expression of psychological disturbances, perhaps an attempt to cope by rationalizing her emotional trauma through attacks on scapegoats.
- HELP FOR POST-ABORTION TRAUMA
Project Rachel provides retreat centers and other counseling services for women affected by abortion.
Millions of American women have struggled with psychological problems associated with (if not directly caused by) abortion. Feminists coined a slogan, “The personal is political,” to justify their radicalism and it is likely that the warped pathological politics embraced by women like Ashley Judd is a misguided effort at making sense of their personal trauma by finding scapegoats for their emotional injuries.
If you are a woman experiencing such symptoms, please: Get help.