The American Feminist
Feminists for Life of America
Winter 2000-2001
Remarkable Pro-Life Women II
In her role as Kathryn Janeway, the first female captain of a spacecraft in the television series Star Trek: Voyager, Kate Mulgrew entered new territory in television programming. “...The stakes were extremely high  when I came in,” said Mulgrew. “But I have adored …. every minute of [portraying] Kathryn Janeway. She is a noble, fractured, funny, humane, kind, very bright and wonderful character. ... And I will always consider this to be a remarkable chapter.”

Mulgrew is a noted actor whose screen credits include Riddler’s Moon, Throw Momma From the Train, and Camp Nowhere. Her television credits include a role on Mrs. Columbo and on the daytime drama Ryan’s Hope.

Mulgrew describes herself as a liberal Democrat and adamant in her pro-life beliefs.

“Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy.”

“I practiced my belief at great cost to myself,” said Mulgrew, who became pregnant at an early age and placed her baby girl for adoption. They were reunited two years ago. Mulgrew believes that losing a child through “adoption or abortion almost always promises the mother a legacy of shame and regret. I have to be frank about my experience. I survived it. Women often don’t believe that they can survive nine months of pregnancy and place the child with an adoptive family. Life is not always easy.” Mulgrew also has two teenage sons.

“We need to speak compassionately to other women whose views are different,” she says. “Anger and judgment separate us.” Mulgrew believes that we need to “listen and respond with genuine sympathy. It is also important that we speak clearly and with courage.”

Mulgrew works to explore the “commonality of purpose” between women, “to help and support one another despite our differences.” By addressing the real needs of women, Mulgrew hopes to reduce divisiveness and bitterness. “Women have had enough of that,” she says.

Mulgrew is equally passionate about her opposition to other forms of violence, including domestic violence and capital punishment. “Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary.” Angry at a “superpower” that executes people rather than implement policy and programs that would move the culture away from violence, Mulgrew observes that it is “in many ways, a primitive time in which we live.”

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