SEATTLE, Wash. — Actress Martha Plimpton was met with cheers and applause as she rejoiced at a #shoutyourabortion event that she had her first abortion in Seattle and joked that it was her “best one.”
Plimpton, known for her roles in the films “Small Town Murder Songs,” “Parenthood” and “The Goonies,” as well as sitcoms “The Real O’Neals” and “Raising Hope,” made her remarks in June while interviewing abortionist Willie Parker—a professing Christian—at the event. The video has just now been the subject of controversy.
“Seattle has particular significance for me for lots of reasons. I’ve got a lot of family here, some of whom are in the audience tonight. I also had my first abortion at the Seattle Planned Parenthood. Yay!” she exclaimed, raising her arm in the air as if in celebration.
The audience then broke out into cheers and applause.
“Notice I said ‘first.’… I don’t want you guys to feel insecure; it was my best one,” she said, evoking laughter. “Heads and tails above the rest. If I could Yelp review it, I totally would. And if that doctor’s here tonight, I don’t remember you at all; I was 19. I was 19, but I thank you nonetheless.”
The video has generated a variety of reactions this week as it has been shared nationwide, with some expressing support for the actress and others finding her remarks deeply disturbing.
“She’s brave and brilliant and talented. And she can talk about her own body however the [expletive] she wants,” feminist writer Emma Flint tweeted.
“And we should be able to say if our abortion experience was a good one and what made it good—that’s how we create better abortion care,” also remarked Marie Claire contributing editor Jessica Valenti, who also identifies as a feminist.
“Abortion supporters are no longer hiding how abortion kills an innocent life—they’re boasting about it,” lamented Lila Rose of the pro-life group LiveAction. “[Plimpton]’s not remorseful. She isn’t advocating for abortions to be rare—she proudly admits she’s had multiple abortions. This callous boasting is another sad example of the extremism that accompanies abortion.”
“Only a sick person would celebrate the death of a baby,” also commented congressional candidate E. Brian Rose.
Plimpton has been vocal about her abortion support for a number of years, writing in 2015, “Both contraception & abortion are moral acts when decided by the individual. Religious freedom means all are free to make their own decisions.”
“Women matter more than fetuses,” she wrote in 2014.
Plimpton also raised eyebrows when photos emerged last year of the actress wearing a dress that had the word “abortion” written across it with hearts.
As previously reported, in an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Philadelphia doctor Hugh Lennox Hodge lamented that even the mothers of his day were lacking of natural affection toward their own children and sought out means to kill them.
“They seem not to realize that the being within them is indeed animate, that is, in verity, a human being—body and spirit—that it is of importance, that its value is inestimable, having reference to this world and the next,” he said. “They act with as much indifference as if the living, intelligent, immortal existence lodged within their organs were of no more value than the bread eaten, or the common excretions of the system.”
“We can bear testimony that in some instances, the woman who has been well educated, who occupies high stations in society, whose influence over others is great, and whose character has not been impugned, will deliberately resort to any and every measure which may effectively destroy her unborn offspring,” Hodge sorrowed.
“[S]he recklessly and boldly adopts measures, however severe and dangerous, for the accomplishment of her unnatural, her guilty purpose … that she may be delivered of [a child] for which she has no desire, and whose birth and appearance she dreads.”