Ahsley Judd was born as Ashley Tyler Ciminella in Granada Hills, California on April 19, 1968. She is a television and film actress and also a political, humanitarian and animal activist. She became a global ambassador for YouthAIDS, a prevention program under Population Services International. She also has joined the Leadership Council of the International Center for Research on Women, Women for Women International and Equality Now. Those agencies are a small sampling of the organizations she has worked with in total. She has traveled to other countries on humanitarian missions. Judd joined the Democrats to endorse Barack Obama in both 2008 and for his campaign for re-election in 2012.
In her memoir, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, Judd addresses the topic of having children. “I figured it was selfish for us to pour our resources into making our “own” babies when those very resources and energy could not only help children already here, but through advocacy and service transform the world into a place where no child ever needs to be born into poverty and abuse again….
My belief has not changed. It is a big part of who I am….
The fact is that I have chosen not to have children because I believe the children who are already here are really mine, too. I do not need to go making “my own” babies when there are so many orphaned or abandoned children who need love, attention, time, and care….
Over the years I have quietly “adopted” many children in America and in different parts of the global South — a better term for the developing world — sending money for health care, food, schooling, and shelter in ways that are appropriate for the places where they live and which improve their chances for better lives.
Ashley Judd’s official website.
Ashley Judd at Wikipedia.