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“Pro-Choice” Penny Marshall glad there was “no choice” when she was carrying her first child

by | Sep 25, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Penny Marshall

Over the years I’ve learned that you can see some really amazing stuff on the Today Show at 7:30 in the morning. A week or so back as I puffed away on the tread mill, I spotted actress and director Penny Marshall being interviewed by Matt Lauer about her new book, “My mother was nuts.” Most remember her best for co-starring in the television comedy “Laverne and Shirley” and as the director of films such as “Big” and “A League of their won.”

Marshall is legendary for, shall we say, living the drug culture of the 1970s to the fullest, which apparently takes up a lot of time in her book. More importantly for us (thanks to the always helpful pro-life site Jivinjehoshaphat), I learned that I had missed an allusion Lauer made to the abortion that Marshall writes about in her book.

After reading the transcript from the Today Show, I went to an interview Marshall gave Reuters.

“She is also vocal about her support for abortion rights after her own experience with unplanned pregnancies,” writes Andrea Burzynski. “Her first pregnancy with her boyfriend-turned-husband resulted in her daughter, Tracy. Her second, following her second marriage and divorce to Hollywood director Rob Reiner, resulted in an abortion.”

Notice what follows next. Marshall says, “I’m pro-choice. But I’m glad that there was no choice back then, because I have a wonderful daughter and three grandchildren.”

What a remarkably revealing statement, wouldn’t you say? Because she was not able to abort, Marshall’s been blessed with a daughter and three grandchildren.

Put another way, the better angels of her nature were allowed to take wing because she did not have the “option” to abort. A great lesson.

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