Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has written an open letter explaining his pro-choice stance as his mother underwent an illegal abortion in her youth. The Avengers star is adamant lawmakers in America should not bow to pressure to restrict access to terminations, and he cites the story of his mum, Marie Rose Ruffalo, as an example.
In a letter posted online in support of the pro-choice Stop Patriarchy organisation, Ruffalo reveals his mother suffered a "traumatising" experience in her younger years when abortion was illegal.
The actor writes, "I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatising thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that...
"My mother's illegal abortion marked a time in America that we have worked long and hard to leave behind... My own mother fought to make herself more than a possession; she lived her life as a mother who chose when she would have children, and a wife who could earn a living if she so chose. I want my daughters to enjoy that same choice. I don't want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room just south of the state line. Where a transaction of $600 cash becomes the worth of a young woman's life."
Ruffalo has two daughters and a son with his wife Sunrise Coigney.
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Moore struck up a friendship with Ruffalo's wife, Sunrise Coigney, before production began on the film - about a lesbian couple whose kids embark on a search for the identity of their sperm donor father.
Coigney fell in love with the script but was surprised to learn from Moore, Ruffalo's Kids co-star, that her husband had rejected the part - so she decided to confront him to make him change his mind.
In an interview with USA Today, Moore recalls, "We (her and Coigney) were texting about something and she was like, 'Whatever happened with that movie you were doing?' And I said, 'Mark said he can't do it because he doesn't want to be away from you guys and he's been working so much.' And she said, 'That's crazy, I like that movie. I don't care if he goes away.'"
And Moore acknowledges the movie wouldn't have been made if Coigney had not stepped in.
She says, "If it weren't for my deep and abiding friendship with his wife, Sunrise, it would never have happened."
Zodiac star Mark Ruffalo and his wife, Sunrise Coigney, are expecting their third child together.
Ruffalo and 34-year-old Coigney--the owner of chic Los Angeles boutique Kaviar and Kind--wed in 2000 and have two children, five-year-old son Keen, and one-year-old daughter Bella.
The 39-year-old actor revealed last week the couple was trying for a third child, saying, "I wouldn't be surprised if that doesn't happen real soon... We're seriously in heaven with the kids."
New York Post columnist Liz Smith reports the couple is expecting a third child this fall.
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