On Wednesday, Senate Democrats failed to rally their slim majority to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would have codified the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade and eliminated state laws prohibiting access to a women to abortion further. Among the naysayers were Senate Republicans — as expected — along with a Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Manchin told reporters his main problem with the legislation was that it was “expanding abortion”. The senator said he was “pro-life all my life” but also believed in “some exceptions to abortion bans”.
“It’s just disappointing that we’re going to vote on a piece of legislation that I wouldn’t vote for today,” Manchin said. “But I would vote for the Roe v. Wade codification if it were today.”
During Thursday’s segment of “The View,” the show’s panel slammed Manchin’s opposition before tensions ran high between co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sara Haines.
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‘How do you know where we are now Joe? How do any of you know where we are now?’ asks Goldberg. “None of you have wombs, you don’t have a vagina, you don’t have anything that goes on carrying or making decisions about babies.”
“Everyone should just vote these fools out, just vote them out,” she adds, garnering applause and cheers from the studio audience.
Haines went on to note that the increased scrutiny of women’s health issues, including fertility and abortions, has a major impact on family planning and also increases the risk of dangerous pregnancies and criminalizes pregnancy complications.
“It’s easier to focus on abortion, the word is kind of ugly, so people keep thinking about it,” she began. “They are [lawmakers] don’t think about the women who are alive and well.” Haines went on to argue that abortion laws as a whole harm couples, including men.
“Right now we’re talking about abortion, which affects the lowest-income people in this country,” Haines claimed at the time, prompting Goldberg to intervene.
Abortion, Goldberg insisted, actually “affects all women” equally.
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“It does, but it hits the have-nots the hardest,” Haines says. “It will affect the people who can’t leave the state, who can’t tell their families, because they may have been abused.”
“I think there’s a bigger problem at stake right now. I think Americans are denying what exactly this Republican party plans to do,” Joy Behar added. “They want to overturn voting rights, they want to overturn gay rights, they are in the business of overthrowing women’s rights.”
“The bigger problem is that we regularly lose our rights and I don’t think Americans understand, I really don’t,” she claims, adding that Americans are “sympathetic and empathetic” to more disastrous, international issues — such as Ukrainian refugees affected by the Russian military invasion — but not with regard to national issues.
“We now know that the Republican Party is really the MAGA party… it’s such an extremist party because it’s not aligned with the American people,” said co-host Sunny Hostin.
Watch the full discussion below via YouTube:
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