One of my favorite speeches given by Andrew Breitbart was about an issue he had never previously talked about — how his adoption shaped his pro-life views. He addressed a group from Students for Life:
Certainly, in Hollywood I lived in a pro-abortion culture, but there was a seed planted in me early on, literally. I’m adopted. I had never heard the pro-life point of view. The media portrayed the pro-life point of view as crazy people. So, that’s all I knew. There was a barrier; it was called cultural acceptability in my neighborhood to say that I was Pro-Choice and I did. But I never thought about the issue at all. At all. But it was something that mattered more than anything in that part of town that I grew up in, liberal Hollywood. The first thing you needed to say is, “I’m pro-choice.” It was a keycard to get you in everywhere and I believe to the core of my being that it’s a keycard to get you success in Hollywood. Go along to get along. I don’t think I would have seen the light if there weren’t brave people like you who stood up to that, especially young people …
As I started to have my political awakening I was able to connect with my conscience, literally, and say, wait one second. My best friend growing up was adopted, too. He lived next door to me. His sister Rachel, adopted. My sister, adopted. On a cul-de-sac of four families, three were adopted. I cannot accept the premise of the post-Roe world in which it’s virtually impossible to adopt because abortion is the option that is handed to people as the cultural default. It’s unfathomable.
It is not to be debated. This is the most important issue. If you’re not pro-life, if you’re like what I was, behind a barrier, you have to, through conversations and the media, break that barrier down and just let people think about it. Because the second you actually think about it, because I never did (it was my default position), is that this is untenable, this doesn’t make sense. You guys are the vessel for that message. Stand strong. You inspire me.