Whoopi Goldberg: We must show “reverence” for women who’ve aborted their babies

Another day, another example of rampant idiocy on the set of ABC’s The View.

Just one day after View co-host Whoopi Goldberg declared to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she’d enjoy a threesome with her and Pelosi’s husband Paul, who was sitting in the audience, Goldberg saw fit to chide conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck over her anti-abortion views. Justin McCarthy writes:

Is Whoopi Goldberg becoming the Rosie O’Donnell type bully? It appeared that way on the October 3 edition of “The View.” A discussion about Hillary Clinton’s $5,000 a baby entitlement plan quickly descended into a heated exchange between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg about abortion.

When Hasselbeck noted that $5,000 a baby could lead to fewer abortions in the world, Whoopi told Hasselbeck to “back off” because Hasselbeck has never “been in a position” where she “had to make that decision.”

The transcript:

HASSELBECK: I was very- at heart, I’m very against this policy because I believe it’s more of a gift.

BEHAR: Are you against Social Security, too?

HASSELBECK: No. Against this policy, but then I realized that there is a benefit because I feel like this could maybe cause less abortions in the world. You know, people would keep having kids instead.

GOLDBERG: Elisabeth, Elisabeth, can I ask you one question–can I ask you a question? I just have to ask you this question since you opened this door.


GOLDBERG: Have you ever been in a position to have to make that decision?

HASSELBECK: Never, never.

GOLDBERG: Okay, then back off a little bit. Back off a little bit. Very few people want to have abortions.

HASSELBECK: I’m sure they don’t.

GOLDBERG: See, I was listening.

HASSELBECK: I was just affirming what you said.

GOLDBERG: Most people do not want to have abortions. Most women do not have them with some sort of party going on. It is the hardest decision that a woman ever- wait- ever has to make. So, when you talk about it, a little bit of reverence to the women out there who have had to make this horrible decision. And one of the reasons that, that we have had to make this decision is because so many women were found bleeding, dead, with hangers in their bodies because they were doing it themselves. The idea of this was to make it safe and clean. That was the reason the law came into effect. That was why it was done.

You can watch the video here, if you have the stomach for it (you can also read co-hosts Barbara Walters’ and Joy Behar’s “views” on abortion expressed on yesterday’s show, which fall closely in line with Goldberg’s).

There’s so much wrong with what Goldberg said that it’s hard to know where to start. First, note how she pulls the Absolute Moral Authority Card out when she tells Hasselbeck to “back off” her comments about abortions since she’s never had one. Oddly enough, the fact that Goldberg isn’t a man hasn’t stopped her from complaining about and judging men. Hey Whoopi: Have you ever been a man? If not, then you should “back off a bit” from your comments about them, because you’ve never walked in their shoes, and don’t know what it’s like to be one.

See? Two can play at this silly little game.

Secondly, where are the stats to back up her claim that most women who have abortions don’t want to have them? Answer? She doesn’t have them, because they don’t exist. I have read this claim on the pages of the New York Times, and feminist publications, but never once have I seen any evidence provided via studies or surveys that the women who have abortions “don’t want to have them.” It’s almost like it’s one of those Accepted Truths no one is supposed to question, one that is thrown out there so often that it just becomes accepted as fact in spite of the fact that it is an unsubstantiated claim. But stats do exist that suggest abortion is big business these days.

The next thing I wonder about is her comment that “it is the hardest decision that a woman ever has to make” – is it really, Whoopi? Has she, and other radical feminist proponents of abortion, ever stopped to consider why the decison to have an abortion is the “horrible decision” to have to make? Probably not, because if they ever once stopped to actually examine in depth the questionable statements that they make about women who have abortions, maybe they’d actually realize that the reason this is the “hardest decision a woman has to make” is perhaps because subconsciously the woman knows it is morally wrong to abort the child, that the woman, deep down, is aware that it’s really not just a “blob of tissue” but a human life in the early stages of development, a life she is choosing to terminate?

Also, Goldberg’s claim that Roe v. Wade was put on the books in order to “protect a woman’s health” ignores the full picture of the sentiment on abortion at the time Roe v. Wade was decided (1973). At that time (and even still today) emboldended radical feminist proponents of abortion pushed for the “right” to have an abortion, in part, because they wanted it to be more convienient for women to terminate their little “parasite” in order for them to live a responsiblity-free live of self-indulgence without having to deal with the consequences of their irresponsible behavior. So Whoopi engaged in a lie by omission by failing to include this information in her sweeping, generalized lecture to Hasselbeck on abortion.

Lastly, Goldberg’s request for Hasselbeck (and, via extention, others who don’t support abortion) to have a “bit of reverence” for those who have had abortions is both offensive and repulsive. I almost wonder if Goldberg even knows what the word “reverence” means:

1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
2. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.
3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
4. the state of being revered.

So to abortion proponents like Goldberg, we should “deeply respect” a woman who has had an abortion? I show reverence to my family, to elders, to our military, and to others who deserve my deep respect and admiration for who they are, and their accomplishments. But at the same time I’m supposed to show “deep respect” for a woman’s decision to terminate the life of her unborn child? I don’t think so. I respect the decisons of women who decide to keep their babies, in spite of the enormous pressure put on them by radical feminist groups like NOW to terminate it for the sake of convenience. I do not and will not respect a woman’s decision to succumb to the temptation to take the easy way out by terminating her pregnancy.

You know what? I’m in mourning right now. In mourning of the death of reasoned, logical, factual discourse in feminist circles on a whole host of issues, but especially the issue of abortion. I hate like hell the idea that feminists like Whoopi Goldberg are looked upon by the general public as speaking for all women, when nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, there are many, many women out there in this country who feel the same way I do about abortion but who don’t often get the chance on shows like The View to express clearly their opinions on the issue because of poorly informed feministas like Whoopi Goldberg who throw out the Absolute Moral Authority Card in an attempt to shame the opposition into not speaking, while trying to lecture those opposed to abortion by using information that is misleading and inaccurate at best, and a lie at worst.

Yeah, I know The View is one of those shows you don’t expect to see much of in the way of engaging, thought-provoking, deep conversations, but all the same the hosts on The View make it a point daily to bring up liberal talking points about whatever political issue is hot in the news, and their statements filter into the viewing audience and from that permeate into our culture, which aids in eroding the willingness and desire to research in order to form an informed opinion on any given issue. It’s so much easier for a susceptible and complacent public to just latch onto popular myths and believe them without question, than to actually take the steps necessary to get educated about important issues. This complacency also makes it easier for liberals like Whoopi Goldberg to spread misleading, and in many cases false information on any given subject, because they believe most of their viewers/readers will accept it at face value without question. I can say this with a significant degree of certainty, because not only do I know women who are like this, but also because I used to be one of those women.

Never again.


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