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ASHLEY: I REFUSE TOHAVE A BABY; Star says 'breeding' is out while kids starve.


HOLLYWOOD superstar Ashley Judd has told her Scots race ace husband Dario Franchitti she will not have a baby - as long as starving children are dying in Africa.

The Bone Collector star says she thinks it is wrong to "breed" while children are already suffering through poverty.

Ashley, 38, admits her controversial views will shock her fans.

But she says they have been reinforced by her role as an international ambassador for Youth AIDS - a charity that helps the families of victims in Africa and the Far East.

Judd, who married Indy car driver Dario at Skibo Castle, Sutherland, four years ago, said she had broken the news about her decision to her 32-year-old Edinburgh-born husband.

She said: "That's where my heart is now ... I'm not saying it's not scary, the choice I'm making. I'm changing everything about who I was when my husband and I met.

"So I'm saying to him, 'I'm going to change.'

"It's a big deal."

Judd admitted she has never had a burning desire to be a mother.

She said: "It's unconscionable to breed, with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries.

"I know it's a strong opinion a lot of people won't agree with and that's not to say some day I might not feel a different impulse."

The actress - who has appeared alongside Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman and, most recently, Kevin Kline in De-Lovely - wants to devote her life to humanitarian work.

Judd, who has a house in Port of Menteith, Perthshire, and a farm in her native Tennessee, previously said about pregnancy rumours: "It's for God to decide.

"Frankly, if we were trying, we wouldn't tell anyone."

Judd has been a social activist since her time as a student at the Kentucky University.

She has toured Cambodia, South Africa, Kenya, Thailand and Madagascar, helping to educate young women about HIV and AIDS.

After she has finished promoting her latest drama, Come Early Morning, at the Sundance Film Festival this month, she plans to fly to Central America.



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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 29, 2006
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