After Roe v. Wade was considered to be no longer the law of the land, celebrities came to the attempted rescue, telling dramatic stories and trying to put a spin on the evils of abortion. Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey thanks the killing of her unborn child for saving her career. While many in Hollywood experience horror stories that rightfully deserve our sympathy, these horror stories aren’t enough to justify the killing of unborn babies on a country-wide scale.
The Dirty Dancing star grew up with money, celebrities, and every trapping of power you can imagine. Along with these blessings came vices. She went to some very dark places at a very young age. After getting pregnant, this is how she described how she imagined raising her daughter would have been.
“When I try to imagine my own daughter at 16, playing house, essentially living with a grown-ass man, doing tons of blow, popping Quaaludes, and going to Studio  — not to mention being lied to, cheated on, then gifted with various and sundry STDs and unwanted pregnancies, it makes me feel physically ill. No teenager should be swimming in waters that dark.”
She wrote this in an article of People Magazine where she shared the story of aborting her child. “I feel so emotional,” she said after the Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v Jackson case. “Even though I’ve seen it coming, even though we’ve been hearing what’s coming, it doesn’t feel real.”
Grey shares her story as a testament to why abortion is so important. But for many, her story does precisely the inverse. Abortion encourages women to go to these dark places, to engage in these wicked things. This is because people pretend that abortion removes the consequences of these actions. In reality, it adds one much worse: the guilt of murder.
In her new “Out of the Corner” memoir, she explained that she wouldn’t have had any of what she had if it weren’t for her abortion. Grey told the Los Angeles Times: “It’s such a grave decision. And it stays with you. I wouldn’t have my life. I wouldn’t have had the career I had, I wouldn’t have had anything. And it wasn’t for lack of taking it seriously.” Grey refused to be a teenage mother and played a high price. But regardless of what she believed then or might believe now, no career is worth the life of another human being.
Worse still, her child probably would have been fine. Grey had some of the best support for both herself and her child known to man. Her family friends were incredibly well connected, wealthy, and prepared to care for a child in need. Moreover, they may have had a wide influence on encouraging our culture to support women in need. Instead, she helped other young women repeat her wicked mistakes.
Children are an opportunity like no other. Many have said that the birth of your child is the first moment that your life has a purpose. That drive, that purpose is a way out of the dark depths of despair. It’s a reason to fight harder, not a reason to give in.
Grey is wrong, she didn’t trade her child for a grand career, she traded a greater life for a lesser one. She traded a human life and a career that might have been harder, but richer, and much more meaningful, for something smaller: herself.
At the end of the day, she bought a lie that so many others do today. And it’s likely why studies show that so many young people completely miserable. It’s a lie that living for yourself will ever be fulfilling. This is a truth that most Americans today tend to forget: life is only worth living when it’s in service of something greater.