BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., (BP) — In an acceptance speech at the annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 5, actress Michelle Williams credited her success to the “right to choose when to have children and with whom.”
Williams received the award for Best performance by an actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role in “Fosse/Verdon,” an FX Network series.
While many users across social media platforms applauded Williams for her speech, some even calling it the “speech of the night,” pro-lifers lamented the culture that celebrates such a choice.
In her speech, Williams focused on women’s ability to choose when “things” happen that they cannot control and implied that she once had an abortion.
“I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making,” Williams said, “and not just a series of events that happened to me, but one that I could stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over — sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise, — but one that I have carved with my own hand. …
“I know my choices may look different than yours, but thank God or whomever you pray to that we live in a country founded on the principle that I am free to live by my faith and you are free to live by yours,” she continued.
However, pro-life leaders suggested that rather than empower women, abortion actually devalues them.
A Live Action News report stated, “The problem is, Williams’ insistence that she wouldn’t be a successful, award-winning actress without abortion is not only offensive, it’s grossly inaccurate and helps prop up the patriarchy.
“While she’s hardly the first to make this argument, it isn’t any less problematic,” the report continued. “Far from empowering women, using abortion as a tool to advance a career does nothing but hold women back, and allow the current status quo — where a woman is punished for her fertility, essentially for not being a man — to continue.”
Karen Swallow Prior, research professor of English and Christianity and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, said it is important for the church to understand the culture that believes abortion is necessary.
“We live in an abortion-dependent culture,” Prior said. “If the church wants to change this, we need to turn the values that support this culture upside down as well as the laws.”
Krissie Inserra, wife of Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., and contributor to the book “Women in Life,” compared Williams’ golden, globe-shaped trophy to the golden calf of the Old Testament.
“Ms. Williams was essentially holding a golden calf in her hands while praising her ability to sacrifice her own child(ren) to receive it,” Inserra said. “New wave feminism worships the god of autonomy by literally sacrificing their children on the altar of choice. …
“It is actually crippling to women to make them think that they must lay down the lives of their children in order to achieve the success they desire,” Inserra continued. “Once they have done so, they so often find themselves having gained the world but losing their very soul in the process.”
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Source: Baptist Press