We brought you our list of 10 surprising celebrities who are alleged (and confirmed) Republicans and 10 Hollywood entertainers who are Christians. But today we bring you yet another list of fascinating famous faces: 10 actors and singers who are pro-life.
Some of the names will surprise you, but each of these individuals, according to multiple sources, embraces pro-life sentiment. In an industry that overwhelmingly touts liberal ideologies, taking a stance that runs contrary to the majority on an issue like abortion is rare.
Here are 10 pro-life celebrities:
He may have played the Joker, but his pro-life stance is no laughing matter. The famed actor is known for womanizing, but he's also taken some firm and public stances on the issue of abortion.
Live Action News explains: "As a pregnant teenager, Nicholson’s mother was pressured to have an abortion, but she refused. This has shaped Nicholson’s view on abortion, making him one of the few pro-life celebrities."
"I’m very contra my constituency in terms of abortion because I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view," the actor once said, according to a 2003 report in National Review. "My only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life."
Presenter Jack Nicholson (L) and George Clooney pose in the press room after 'Argo' won the trophy for Best Picture during the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
In 2011, the world learned that pop star Justin Bieber is, indeed, pro-life. At the time, considering that Bieber was so young (he was only 16), it was quite odd that Rolling Stone asked for his views on such a heavy subject, but, alas, the outlet did just that.
"I really don’t believe in abortion. I think [an embryo] is a human," he said at the time. "It’s like killing a baby."
Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during a concert in Zurich, Switzerland Friday, March 22, 2013. Credit: AP
No surprise here, but New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is as pro-life as they come. The Christian football player has gained a plethora of media attention (both praise and criticism) for his devotion to God.
Tebow's pro-life views are well-documented. And, like Nicholson, his personal opinion on the matter is rooted in experience -- his own mother's, in fact. It is widely documented that Tebow was supposed to be aborted. Doctors told his mom that she should terminate her pregnancy -- a decision she obviously refused.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow arrives for the Celebration of Collaborations event hosted by the YMCA of the Coastal Bend and Miracle League of Corpus Christi, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Credit: AP
While he was once pro-choice, business mogul Donald Trump has evolved. In a 2011 interview, he told CBN News' David Brody that he is against abortion -- and he detailed an event in his life that changed his views on the matter.
Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization and founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, delivers remarks during the second day of the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 15, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American conservative Union held its annual conference in the suburb of Washington, DC, to rally conservatives and generate ideas. Credit: Getty Images
During the interview, he said:
I'm pro-life, but I changed my view a number of years ago. One of the reasons I changed -- one of the primary reasons -- a friend of mine's wife was pregnant, in this case married.
She was pregnant and he didn't really want the baby. And he was telling me the story. He was crying as he was telling me the story. He ends up having the baby and the baby is the apple of his eye.It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to him.
And you know here's a baby that wasn't going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am pro-life.
Known for her successful business skills, cameos on television and as a popular model, Kathy Ireland is also distinguished from Hollywood elite by her Christian views. Like the others included on this list, she's firmly pro-life. As Live Action News reports, she has advocated against Planned Parenthood and has been a vocal proponent of pro-life causes.
Model Kathy Ireland arrives at The Saban Free Clinic's Gala Honoring ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee and Bob Broder at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Getty Images
Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli may be a surprise addition to this list. He, too, has a personal story, as his mother was encouraged to have an abortion after she was misdiagnosed with appendicitis while pregnant. She obviously chose to keep her child and the rest is history.
The Telegraph published an interview with Bocelli in 2011 that captured this story in detail. In addition to talking favorably about faith and telling the journalist conducting the interview that he is a committed Catholic, Bocelli also said:
"You ask me before of my point of view about religion, and I told you I am very religious. It means that before I fight against something, I try to fight in favour of something. It is not Christian to go against someone. I am in favour of life. And, of course, personally I do not share the idea of being able to interrupt life arbitrarily. But I cannot be the judge of those who decide in a different way. As much as I can, I show them an example and act as a role model, because I believe this is the only way."
Read more about his views here.
Singer Andrea Bocelli and singer Jennifer Lopez attend Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIX at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Getty Images for Fight Night
Patricia Heaton already made TheBlaze's list of 10 Republicans worth noting. She's also an outspoken Christian. And, to top it off, she's on our pro-life celebrity list. Star of "Everybody Loves Raymond," Heaton has gone on to have a vibrant career beyond this show, with her latest program, "The Middle," continuing to create laughs.
In addition to upholding good values through her entertainment work, the actress is also an outspoken pro-life advocate.
Patricia Heaton arrives for the Disney ABC Television groups '2013 Winter TCA Tour' event at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 10, 2013 in Pasadena, California. Credit: Getty Images
This one may surprise you, but actor Martin Sheen is also reportedly pro-life. While he's an avid Democrat -- and a liberal one at that -- when it comes to abortion, his views vary from other Hollywood elite.
"He has also spoken out about his wife, who was conceived through rape," Live Action News writes. "Her mother considered aborting her and, after the birth, dumping her in the Ohio River, but in both instances, she chose to give her daughter life instead."
Newser claims that his conservative views on the abortion issue were espoused on an Irish talk show two years ago. The actor apparently feels so strongly about the matter that he refused to support President Barack Obama in 2008.
Actor Martin Sheen speaks onstage during the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 5, 2013 in Palm Springs, California. Credit: (Credit too long, see caption)
Known for his eclectic career in politics, Hollywood and media, Ben Stein is also a pro-lifer. While he predicted a 2012 loss for Republican Mitt Romney and while he disagreed with some of the GOP's economic views, Stein refused to support Obama. The reason? The actor and lawyer's pro-life views prevented him from doing so.
"For me, the number one issue is right to life. I don't think the Democrats are very good on the right-to-life issue," he said during a PBS appearance last year. "People who think of abortion as a reasonable method of birth control just are never going to get my vote."
Actor Ben Stein joins the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at a press conference urging consumers not to buy puppies online this Holiday shopping season at The Amanda Foundation on December 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Getty Images for IFAW
Country singer Kenny Chesney's alleged commitment to his pro-life stance was once translated into a popular song called, "There Goes My Life." When The Huffington Post added him to its own pro-life celebrity list, here's what the outlet wrote:
It would be no surprise to see any number of country stars on this list, but Kenny Chesney may have taken his pro-life stance an extra step. His 2003 single "There Goes My Life," about a teenager preparing to become a father, has been lauded as an anti-abortion, pro-fatherhood anthem.
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