During Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg debated with pro-life guest and former “View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on what it means to be pro-life. During the segment, Goldberg made arguments suggesting that God is fine with abortion, and has given us the freedom of choice. Read on to know all about this conversation.
God Would Be Pro-Choice…
Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck clashed about abortion right on “The View” on Wednesday (Aug 3), with Goldberg claiming that God would be pro-choice. Whoopi told Elisabeth: “As you know, God doesn’t make mistakes. God made us smart enough to know when it wasn’t going to work for us. That’s the beauty of giving us freedom of choice.”
She stated, implying that abortion, like adoption, is a choice that God allows women to discern for themselves. On the other hand, Hasselbeck, who was the conservative voice on “The View” from 2003 to 2013, and later joined “Fox & Friends”, protested: “No,” though Goldberg continued, mentioning that her “relationship” with God is “always choppy,” seemingly explaining why she supports things many Christians do not.
Hasselback also told Goldberg that: “He [God] loves you.” Goldberg acknowledged the sentiment, though she continued arguing her biblical justification for supporting a woman’s right to choose. She added:
“Listen. I have no doubt, but I also know that God made me smart enough to know that if there are alternatives out there that can work for me, I will investigate them, but I also know God said, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I will not make that decision for anybody.”
After a short back-and-forth with Hasselbeck, who was the conservative voice on “The View” from 2003 to 2013 and later moved to “Fox & Friends,” Goldberg continued her unconventional argument. She believes that god has given women the freedom of choice.
The Debate Ignites Further
Elisabeth Hasselbeck responded, asking: “What about the life in the womb?” She added, “I will say this, that life has a plan and a purpose designed by God. I don’t believe there is any circumstance—”
Dismissing the argument, Goldberg responded, “I love that you feel that way,” clearly indicating she didn’t agree that the life in the womb must be protected from abortion. Most Christian churches’ teaching on abortion is clear, that is morally wrong. The oldest Christian church, the Roman Catholic Church, contends that abortion at any point after conception is a grave evil.
Viewers have expressed their respective views on this debate. One of the viewers of ‘The View’ show commented on the Youtube video, saying, “I enjoyed this abortion debate because there was no yelling or screaming. I do not agree with Elizabeth because I am pro-choice.
Another said, “I respect her religious belief but that is her belief and does not pertain to everyone. She also does not understand that there are so many kids in foster care that no one wants. So many kids never get adopted.” “Thank god for Sara being on this show. She’s so articulate and makes her point without being argumentative,” said one viewer.
The controversial move of the Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe Vs. Wade judgment has sparked demonstrations on both sides. What’s being called a win for the right, is getting tremendous agitation from the people of America. Since there is no federal law protecting the right to abortion in the US, the overturning of ‘Roe vs. Wade’ leaves abortion laws entirely up to the states.
In the 21st century, America has to once again witness the plight of many as the ruling is expected to disproportionately affect minority women who already face limited access to health care. A survey by CNN showed that just 30 per cent of Americans wanted the court to completely overturn Roe-vs-Wade, whereas 69 per cent opposed such a move.
On Tuesday (Aug 2), Kansas voted to protect abortion rights within the first post-Roe v. Wade election season. Several different states are lining as much to have citizens vote on abortion rights in upcoming elections.