Actor Jim Caviezel, who is best known for portraying Jesus Christ in the "Passion of the Christ" film, said in an interview in December 2010, that he regards abortion as "the greatest moral defect of the western world."
Caviezel added, "abortion goes much further: when the mother herself kills her son she goes against her own nature, against her own instinct. People talk about 'choice', but when a woman does that, when she destroys the life of her unborn child, then we have arrived at the limit. The level cannot go higher regarding evil."
"In the United States, there have been 50 million abortions since 1973," said the actor, observing that the number is equal to the total number of deaths in World War II, and "one-fifth of our population."
"The demographic triangle is being inverted. The base keeps shrinking, until there aren't young people to maintain the population. So, what happens? The next stage is the so-called 'right to die,' euthanasia," he said.
He concluded, "I do not love my career so much as to remain silent against abortion. I am in favour of helping women, but I do not see any way in which abortion helps them. I defend all and each one of those unborn babies."
Caviezel, a committed Catholic who has starred in numerous major motion pictures, has been led by his pro-life convictions to adopt two handicapped Chinese children. His role in the Passion of the Christ has earned him worldwide acclaim.