by Steven Ertelt
August 21, 2009
Hollywood, CA (LifeNews.com) — Jim Caviezel, the star of the highly-anticipated new movie “The Stoning of Soraya M,” says being pro-life is more important to him than this acting career. In a new interview, Caviezel talks about his reason for opposing abortion and the adoption that changed his life and family.
Caviezel and his wife Kari recently became adoptive parents to an orphaned boy, Bo, and girl, LeLe, from China.
He told the Catholic Digest that the adoptions changed his life in ways he never imagined.
“Dennis Quaid told me a long time ago when he had his son Jack, ‘You’ll have emotions in you that you didn’t even know existed before you had a child.’ I now know what that feels like,” he said.
“Even though they’re adopted, it’s as strong as any instinct. That’s what blew me away,” Caviezel added. “I always thought if I adopted that I wouldn’t have the same feeling [as I would] if they were genetically my own children. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
The actor said a challenge from a colleague sparked his interest in pursuing an adoption.
“This guy I know said, ‘You’re pro-life. Tell you what, if you really believe in what you speak, adopt a child — not any child, he’s got to have a serious deficiency,’ (and I will become pro-life),” the Passion of the Christ star explained.
“He never changed his (position), but it convicted me. I don’t think he thought I would step up to the plate,” he said.
The adoptions also challenged him to speak out more on pro-life issues and he told the Catholic Digest it is “arrogant” to not think about the “51.5 million babies who have died in this country.”
Caviezel took on the pro-woman mantra that normally hypocritically comes from abortion advocates.
“Look, I am for helping women. I just don’t see abortion as helping women,” he said. “How do we know that we didn’t kill the very child who could have created a particular type of medicine that saves other lives?”
He added: “And I don’t love my career that much to say, ‘I’m going to remain silent on this.’ I’m defending every single baby who has never been born.”