“The View” co-hosts Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin threw down on Wednesday while discussing Alabama’s new draconian anti-abortion law.
Alabama Republicans betrayed women this week by passing a law that would imprison doctors up to 99 years for performing abortions, a clearly unconstitutional measure that would deprive women of a necessary medical procedure and force them to carry a pregnancy to term no matter the circumstances.
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The law sets up a challenge to Roe v. Wade, which Justice Stephen Breyer recently warned is in the crosshairs of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
For a legal opinion, the ladies turned to former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin, who is a practicing Catholic.
Hostin observed that this is the first time since 1973 that overturning the landmark women’s rights ruling is possible.
Joy Behar noted that the law was passed by a bunch of old white men in the Alabama state senate while the four female senators in the chamber voted against it.
Whoopi Goldberg chimed in by adding that Republicans are using religion to push these laws, which violates the separation of church and state and infringes upon the religious freedom of others.
Hostin explained that while she personally opposes abortion because of her religious beliefs, she would defend access to abortion as a lawyer.
“For me, it’s a religious value,” she said. “It’s a Catholic faith tenant that abortion is murder and conception begins at life. As an attorney, I believe in the separation of church and state. There’s no way as an attorney that I can say constitutionally that I can tell you that you must believe that conception — that life begins at conception. I can’t tell you that it is wrong for you, I can’t put my religious values on anyone else.”
McCain, who had just conceded that abortion is a very personal decision earlier in the segment, seemed to suggest that Hostin is a hypocrite.
“How you reconcile your faith and your attendance at a Catholic Church is your personal decision,” McCain said. “Don’t present it like the Catholic Church is in agreement with what you said — they’re not.”
Hostin then shut McCain up by pointing out that the Catholic Church is pro-life on a lot of issues.
“The Catholic Church is pro-life across the board,” she said. “They’re anti-death penalty, they’re pro-gun control, they’re pro-life. It’s across the board pro-life position.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Many Republicans, including McCain herself, oppose gun control and support the death penalty. So, why do Republicans get to impose their will on the rest of the country using religion when it comes to abortion but scream bloody murder whenever people call for gun control and ending the death penalty?
The fact is that even the Constitution defines personhood as “all persons born,” and the Bible itself suggests that fetuses are not considered persons.
McCain herself said that the decision to have an abortion is personal. And it should remain that way. Only a woman and her doctor should have a say in the decision, not a bunch of male lawmakers who don’t understand what they are talking about.
These anti-abortion bills are about controlling women, nothing more. And women should take back their rights by voting to oust every Republican on the ballot in every election far into the future until they leave a woman’s right to choose alone once and for all.
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