Meryl Streep and Hollywood: Champions of the Disabled? Or Cowardly Hypocrites?

 

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Meryl Streep gave what many considered a brave and courageous speech at the Golden Globes Sunday evening January 8th 2016 after receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Streep began with this curious observation as she addressed the Hollywood crowd:

“You and all of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now.”

Streep went on to attack president-elect Trump for allegedly mocking a disabled reporter:

“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back… Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. “

Meryl Streep’s advocacy for the respect and protection of those with disabilities is certainly admirable.

However, are Streep and her Hollywood colleagues willing to step out of their left-wing bubble and look at the rights of a large group of extremely vulnerable disabled individuals?

Fetal Disability

If you are an unborn child diagnosed with Down Syndrome or another fetal disability, your chances of surviving pregnancy in the U.S. and other Western nations are increasingly slim:

Recent statistics showed that between 2002 and 2010 there were 17,983 abortions of disabled babies in Britain. The overwhelming majority of these were for conditions compatible with life outside the womb…This 17,983 included abortions for serious disabilities like anencephaly but also babies with Down’s syndrome, cleft palate and club foot. (Lifesite News)

It’s no secret that Streep and Hollywood are pro-abortion.

If she really wanted to address the violence against the disabled, and not just score some cheap political points with her fellow Hollywood glitterati, Streep could have asked her audience to consider just how those later term abortions “terminate” a disabled child.

Here’s former abortion doctor Anthony Levatino describing how you end a disabled baby’s life at 20-22 weeks gestation:

In a D&E procedure you must use a grasping clamp… It’s roughly 13 inches long…When this gets a hold of something it does not let go…grabbing at parts of the baby, and then getting a hold and pulling, and you really pull…You tear out spine, intestines, heart and lungs… you crush down on the clamp and some white material runs out of the cervix, because that was the baby’s brains. And then you pull out skull pieces…

In light of this horrific description of the procedure that dismembers our disabled and also healthy unborn brothers and sisters in the womb, let’s revisit Streep’s comments:

“…Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

Real Courage, Bravery…and Diversity

Streep shared about the importance of reaching out to those who are different from us:

“An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like.”

Ok Meryl. I have some ideas for you and your Hollywood friends.

How about a TV series or movie that shares a compelling story of the challenges and triumphs of a Christian couple who defied the pressure of medical professionals who counseled them to abort their disabled child – and instead gave that child life?

Maybe create a Netflix show telling us how a couples abortion of a disabled child impacted their lives and the amazing emotional and spiritual healing they found in an abortion recovery program?

I am still waiting Meryl Streep for a creative, compelling television or movie script out of Hollywood, or a politically charged acceptance speech at an awards presentation that honestly looks at what abortion does to the unborn child, and the pain and anguish that many women and men experience after the procedure. [1]

Now that would be brave and courageous!

 

[1] From Lifesite News: Rather than leading to psychological well-being, termination of pregnancy for fetal disability is an emotionally traumatic major life event which leads to severe posttraumatic stress response and intense grief reactions that are still detectable some years later. Kersting A et al. Trauma and grief 2-7 years aftertermination of pregnancy because of fetal anomalies–a pilot study. JPsychosom Obstet Gynaecol 2005;26(1):9-14 (March)

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