Pro-life celebrities afraid of being blackballed?

Hollywood's pro-life silence


This is a rush transcript from "The Five," March 27, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: North Dakota approved the country's toughest abortion restrictions yesterday, banning nearly all abortions once the fetal heartbeat is detected. That law nicknamed the Heartbeat Bill is in direct conflict in Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade. I can see a whole army of liberal Hollywood activists mobilizing right now, but pro-lifers have a few soldiers on our side, too.

Did you know the big-name celebs are pro-life? Jack Nicholson. The Biebs, Justin Bieber. Donald Trump. Andrea Bocelli. Martin Sheen. Just to name a few.

But the question is: are they quiet -- you don't hear a lot of them -- are they quiet because they are afraid of being blackballed in Hollywood?

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: I don't know their views but this is something they're comfortable talking about. Pro-life. It's more popular in that culture to say you're pro-choice.

What about it, Kimberly? You don't hear the big name celebrities stand up and say their pro-life.

GUILFOYLE: Well, I mean, I don't know what each of their individual views are, maybe that's not the view that they share. But this isn't something that they feel comfortable I think coming out and talking about, if in, fact they were pro-life. It's more popular I think in that culture to say, you know, you're pro-choice, right?

BOLLING: Yes, but we have a couple of lists. We have Jack Nicholson saying, very counter to my constituency in terms of abortion because I'm positively against it. And Justin Bieber, I really don't believe in abortion. I think an embryo is a human.

Kind of refreshing to hear something like this, especially young guys saying that, Greg?

GUILFOYLE: I like that.


Do you remember "Juno" in 2007, a young girl gets pregnant. Beginning of the movie, she is going to Planned Parenthood, it's a very depressing situation. Once she goes on there, its' a horrible place.

She walks out, she decides to have the baby. If she had decided to have the abortion, there would be no movie. And using that metaphor, every time you have an abortion, you essentially end movie or somebody's movie.

I don't know. I think it's incredibly cool for celebrities to love free animals and to join anti-bullying crusades. But the problem with abortion is that it involves a moral spine, in having to make a stand morally, which involves judgment. And there is nothing more uncool among celebrities than making judgment.

Being judgmental is seen as mean. And nobody wants to be seen as mean. They want to be seen as cool.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: But I thought they were quite judgmental during the election.

GUTFELD: They're only judgmental against white Southerners.

And, by the way, many celebrities look at abortion like it's a weight loss tool.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: You know, one of the things I think about it, I mean, to be honest is some of these people are probably afraid and so many people on the East and West Coast buy tickets to movies that they are going in face of their own constituency. I mean, that might be one of the reasons they don't talk --

GUTFELD: Fetuses don't buy tickets.

BECKEL: Well, yes, OK, fine. I was trying to make a point. You got me distracted.

BOLLING: Well, OK, what I'm focusing on her guys are celebrities who are pro-life. Andrea Bocelli says this, quote, "I'm in favor of life.

And, of course, personally, I do not share the idea of being able to interrupt life arbitrarily."

It's refreshing. I don't think a lot of people out there now realize that some of these celebrities are pro-life. They are that many of them.

PERINO: In that particular quote that you just read the quote from Bocelli, when he says personally I do not share. I think maybe one of the reasons people don't talk about this is that a lot of people don't talk about their personal faith. It is faith and a belief that life begins at conception. It's one that I have. It is not a cause that I have dedicated any time or resources to.

It is -- to me, I feel like it is very personal. Some of these people, like celebrities like Daryl Hannah, she decided being against petroleum products and oil, except for stuff she uses for her cosmetics, and the Keystone pipeline, if that's her cause.

Somebody like Gary Sinise chose veterans as his cause. And you can have a platform to decide. Charlton Heston decided that the Second Amendment was the cause he would care about. And even after he has been long passed away, he still is a subject of ridicule in Hollywood.

So, I can understand why they keep a lot of this to themselves.

BOLLING: Kimberly, Martin Sheen who is very Democratic. He's always supporting Democrat. He has spoken out about his wife. She was conceived through rape. His wife's mother was thinking of aborting and decided not to abort.

Martin Sheen said I'm pro-life.

GUILFOYLE: Yes, what an incredible personal and moving story to share something like that. That just goes to show you, he loved his wife, thank God that she was born. Her mom had the courage to have her under tremendously difficult circumstances. I applaud people like that, that stick up for life.

BECKEL: You know, that reminds me, some of the best conversations I have with people about this are people who almost had somebody aborted, right? Either a mother or father, somebody said they would do it and didn't. The child turned out to be the greatest blessing in their life.

PERINO: We have in my family, we have an open adoption. It has, it definitely opened my eyes to the importance of being able to find someone to love a child.

GUTFELD: Thank you for that, by the way. I live in the attic. It really meant --

PERINO: Tight quarters. Do you have enough air up there?

GUTFELD: What is it about the left? I mean, they hate Easter bunny and a pro-abortion. What is it about eggs that Bob is --

GUILFOYLE: You are on to something.


BOLLING: The left has adopted five children who could have been aborted. They are the happiest -- they are the best family you have ever seen in your life living -

GUILFOYLE: Incredible. Five.

BOLLING: Grew up in Denver, Colorado. Now, in Illinois.

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