Pastor Jarrid Wilson of Harvest Christian Fellowship took actress and activist Alyssa Milano to task over her previous remarks celebrating her multiple abortions.
Earlier this month, Milano revealed she had two abortions in her 20s, which, she said, freed her up to enjoy life on a greater scale. In remarks made during a podcast, she declared that her life would be "completely lacking all its great joys" if it weren't for her choice to abort her unborn children.
Wilson, who is also founder of nonprofit organization Anthem of Hope, created a viral hashtag taking a positive spin on Milano's remarks: #GreatJoys.
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Wilson shared a photo of his children on Twitter, captioning it, "Everyone should post a picture of their kids and use the hashtag #GreatJoys."
At the time of this writing, the "#GreatJoys" hashtag has been used numerous times, and renders a plethora of photos of smiling children all across Twitter.
Everyone should post a picture of their kids and use the hashtag #greatjoys https://t.co/GDRHRXa8Y6 https://t.co/0ocQ33wGGP— Jarrid Wilson (@Jarrid Wilson)1566401738.0
In an interview with Faithwire, Wilson said that children are a "blessing from God" and should be treated as such.
"Children are our future, and a blessing from God, not a burden that so many people — specifically people who are only focused on their own achievement and goals — make them out to be," Wilson said.
Wilson added that people need to stop treating children and pregnancy like they are disposable commodities.
"I believe our world needs to stop treating them that way," he explained. “Whether [Milano] wants to admit it or not, she now has two children in heaven whom she will never experience the joy of parenting."
Despite his thoughts on Milano's sins, the pastor said that her actions are forgivable.
"Is choosing abortion unforgivable?" he asked. “Not at all. But I believe [Milano's] views on the subject to be both harmful and mentally disturbing."
"I don't know [Milano] personally," Wilson continued, "but I'm praying she really thinks about the totality of what she's saying on public platforms, especially in regards to situations that encompass the reality of life and death."
He concluded, "Children should be celebrated, not looked down upon."