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Actress Anne Hathaway appears on “The View” on Nov. 1, 2022 (The View/YouTube)

Actress Anne Hathaway appeared on ABC’s The View this week to promote her films, including The Devil Wears Prada, a movie that is now 16 years old. The discussion quickly turned diabolical as Hathaway mused about the importance of killing unborn children to young career women in fashion and other industries. Illustrating George Orwell’s observation that political rhetoric is designed to make “murder sound respectable,” Hathaway couched her defense of killing unborn children in the lofty language of “choice” and “reproductive destiny.”

There is nothing charming or funny about a View segment that casts the bloodshed of millions of innocent unborn children as “mercy.”

It is impossible to watch a self-indulgent celebrity like Hathaway pontificating about the killing of unborn children without feeling a little sick to your stomach. Here is a multimillionaire gushing over her career and posh life who then lectures us on the basis of her “personal experience” that “abortion can be another word for mercy.” Mercy for whom? Certainly not the child, who is deprived of the life that Hathaway so complacently enjoys. Abortion is another word for cruelty — a human rights violation that only a culture as depraved and self-centered as ours could pass off as an act of compassion.

British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge was right when he said that “it takes just 30 years in our humane society to transform a war crime into an act of compassion.” The Nazi ethic of killing the vulnerable and calling it “mercy” survived the end of World War II and resurfaced as a culture of eugenics against the disabled, abortion on demand, and euthanasia targeting the weak and elderly. This is not hyperbole. This is fact. Just listen to the disgusting self-justifications of a celebrity twit like Hathaway and you can hear the echoes of the sinister utilitarianism that defaced the 20th century.

The ladies of The View, of course, didn’t challenge Hathaway’s appalling description of abortion as “mercy.” They nodded approvingly and added their own lies to the conversation. Whoopi Goldberg, who is famous for having had multiple abortions, chipped in that abortion is a “personal decision.” Another panelist declared that abortion is a “health decision.” Hathaway, meanwhile, prattled on about abortion as a “practical,” not “moral,” matter, and that no two “pregnancies are alike.” She omitted from her astonishingly self-righteous sermon that all abortions are alike: They all result in a dead child.

Yes, we should support noble charities like Project Rachel that help women who regret their abortions. But this culture of women who procure abortions and then spend the rest of their lives justifying them is gross and indefensible. Anne Hathaway is peddling evil under the guise of chuckling celebrity. It is sick. There is nothing charming or funny about a View segment that casts the bloodshed of millions of innocent unborn children as “mercy.” That is as wicked as the passages about “mercy killing” in Mein Kampf, but worse because Hathaway’s lies will travel far and corrupt the lives of countless young women. (READ MORE BY GEORGE NEUMAYR: Kamala Harris to the Disabled: Abortion Is Good for You)

What these women need to hear are the words of Mother Teresa, who memorably said that “by abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.” Abortion is not merciful but ruinous to the life of the child and the psyche of the mother.

It is ironic, by the way, that Hollywood celebrities tout abortion as something good and glorious, given that most famous movies treat abortion as a life-marring tragedy. Invariably, movies cite abortion as the reason why this or that character is screwed up. Diane Keaton’s character in The Godfather Part II cries out, “It was an abortion. An abortion, Michael. Just like our marriage is an abortion. Something that’s unholy and evil.”

That, Anne Hathaway, is an honest description of abortion. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that abortion is undertaken for the child. The culture of abortion that you extol is a culture of shameless selfishness, one that has nothing to do with “human rights” (Hathaway ludicrously cast the discussion in those terms) but with their obvious deprivation. With the crowd cheering on her wicked smugness, Hathaway turned to a discussion of her latest movie, not about “abortion,” she smilingly said, but about the difficulties of a “mother.” Naturally, she didn’t acknowledge the grim irony of her conversational transition, going from endorsing a rejection of motherhood to stupid pride in her depiction of it.

Anybody who is even a little bit thoughtful should view this celebrity culture of abortion justification with horror. Impressionable young girls across the country will watch The Devil Wears Prada, enjoy it, and take their cue from Hathaway’s amoral tutelage. How can anybody not feel queasy about this?

Hathaway, giving a political edge to her remarks, said that we must “fight” for the right to keep killing unborn children — a dismal reminder to all conservatives that they should rouse themselves and get to the polls in unprecedented numbers next week to vote out this reprehensible philosophy.

George Neumayr
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George Neumayr, a senior editor at The American Spectator, is author most recently of The Biden Deception: Moderate, Opportunist, or the Democrats' Crypto-Socialist?
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