Whoopi Goldberg stepped in and rebuked her co-host Meghan McCain for her views on abortion during a contentious moment on The View.
It all began when McCain dismissed actress Alyssa Milano’s call for a “#sexstrike” in protest of Georgia’s new law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, saying “people like Alyssa Milano need to understand…women aren’t just one section of the population like her. I feel like pro-life women are completely left out of conversations like this.”
McCain and Joy Behar proceeded to debate their opinions on when human life begins and whether the Georgia bill violates women’s’ right to bodily autonomy. Ana Navarro disputed McCain’s point that pro-life women “feel left out of the conversation,” saying that anti-abortion measures prohibit women from addressing the nuances with abortion.
“I think you have to understand for pro-life women like me—which is a strong tenet of who I am I and how I view the world—is I believe abortion is murder,” said McCain. “The idea there is grey in allowing murder in the United States of America…”
Whoopi Goldberg stepped in as the women continued to spar.
“That is your belief,” she told McCain.
“You don’t believe science?!” McCain exclaimed.
“That’s what I don’t want to do,” Goldberg said, adding:
“Don’t say ‘you don’t believe.’ That’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying I don’t believe that the minute you conceive, you’re with child. I believe a lot of things have to happen. The baby has to become [a] zygote. The problem for me is—I’m happy that you feel that way. I want everybody who feels that way to feel that way. What I don’t want is I don’t want anyone telling me what I have to feel.”
You can watch the exchange in the video below:
McCain was criticized for what critics say is a simplistic view of a far more complex issue.
Professional victim and legacy baby Meghan McCain has another TV meltdown, this time because her bullshit beliefs on abortion were challenged. https://t.co/vsG8QOgEpq
— Brandon Gage (@Teadoffliberals) May 13, 2019
And she’s off! @MeghanMcCain shaking her head in disbelief because they have to to break before she can rant again. If you don’t believe in abortion, DON’T HAVE ONE, but also don’t force your crap down other people’s throats!
— Christine Wheeldon (@guelphgirlchris) May 13, 2019
OMG. Meghan McCain is terrible on the topic of abortion. She's too privileged and is clueless about it. #TheView
— Michaela Tighe🌊 (@KayMaeTighe) May 13, 2019
Would @TheView please get some OB/GYNs booked to talk about abortion? I’m so tired of @MeghanMcCain touting her “science stats” and no one with actual medical knowledge counters her. Get @DrJenGunter or other OBs on to have a legit discussion!
— Tamral (@HawkeyeInDallas) May 13, 2019
So, abortion is murder but its okay take someone else's life with a gun as long as you're protecting yourself. Is that right @MeghanMcCain? Couple weeks ago you said you were for the death penalty.
Its getting tiring keeping up with your hypocrisy #theview
— News & Stuff (@YessGossip) May 13, 2019
Goldberg has been open about her own experience with abortion: She had a back-alley abortion at the age of 14. She wrote about the experience in an essay for the book The Choices We Made.
I found out I was pregnant when I was fourteen,” she wrote at the time. “I didn’t get a period. I talked to nobody. I panicked. At that moment I was more afraid of having to explain to anybody what was wrong than of going to the park with a hanger, which is what I did.”