For Kirk Cameron, the pro-life cause is deeply personal.
Ahead of his speech at the 49th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, the “Growing Pains” star told CBN’s Faithwire his wife was adopted and “very easily” could have been aborted.
“My wife was an adopted child,” he explained. “She could have very easily been aborted, but her mother chose life for her — she was one doctor appointment away from not existing. Our four oldest children are also adopted. If my wife hadn’t been born, neither would our two natural-born children. So our six kids and my wife are all here because of the work of the pro-life movement over the years, resulting in the miracles of my wife and all six of my kids.”
Cameron, 51, went on to say it was a “real honor” to participate in the March for Life, noting this year’s rally could mark the final event in the nation’s capital.
The March for Life came roughly one month after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case centered on a Mississippi state law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Given the high court’s conservative majority, many have speculated the justices will uphold the bill, effectively overturning the precedent set by the judicial body’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, which granted nationwide legal coverage for abortion.
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“This may be the last year of the March for Life, with Roe v. Wade potentially being overturned,” Cameron said. “This may not be necessary, but we’ve got marching orders from the executive in heaven and those mandates tell us to continue loving God, loving one another, and standing for life.”
As for how believers can live with a pro-life ethic in every aspect of their lives, Cameron said it’s critical to have a posture of “walking humbly with God in the trenches and in the ditches — loving your wife, loving your husband, raising your kids, and applying God’s Word to all aspects of life, including this issue of protecting the lives of the unborn and protecting those moms and training our young sons and daughters to have the kind of morality where they respect and honor one another and they’re not producing children outside of wedlock.”
“All of these things are important,” he added, noting that one of the ways he has been “positioned” by God to influence people is through entertainment.
During his conversation with CBN’s Faithwire, Cameron promoted his upcoming project, “Lifemark,” a movie that chronicles a true story of adoption. The film, slated for release later this year, is executive produced by Cameron alongside the Kendrick Brothers, the duo behind films like “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof,” and “Courageous.”
The movie, Cameron said, highlights “the value of life and the beauty of adoption,” adding, “We couldn’t have scripted something better than this.”
The actor — who was an unbeliever when he first entered Hollywood as a teenager — said it was when he was on the set of “Growing Pains” that God “reached down and changed my heart, changed my mind,” at which point he “understood the most important audience I could ever live for was not the one I stood in front of on ‘Growing Pains,’ but the audience of heaven and, ultimately, the director, the producer, the author of the script of my life is God.”
“I’m just trying to be faithful wherever He puts me,” Cameron continued. “And He’s kept me here in Hollywood, telling stories, making projects, and going around the country and speaking on issues that matter.”
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