The co-hosts of Disney-owned ABC’s The View have a few things to say about the recent changes in abortion legislation.
On Tuesday’s episode of The View, moderator Whoopi Goldberg grew enraged as she offered a monologue, slamming the Supreme Court’s draft ruling regarding the decades-old Roe v. Wade case, in which abortion became legalized across the country.
The draft ruling from the United States Supreme Court was aimed at overturning the nearly-50 years-old decision.
Goldberg, 66, has previously discussed her illegal abortion as a teenager and became visibly enraged as she approached the topic of the anti-abortion draft ruling on Tuesday.
“You got people telling me I gotta wear a mask, or don’t wear a mask, or do this,” Goldberg said, raising her voice over the voices of her co-hosts on The View’s all-female panel. “Everybody wants to tell me what to do! This is my body!”
“My doctor, and myself, and my child,” Goldberg said, “that’s who makes the decision [about ].”
“Women, when they decide something is not right for them, they’re going to take it into their own hands,” Goldberg continued. “We got tired of tripping over [other] women in public bathrooms who were giving themselves abortions because there was nowhere safe, nowhere clean, nowhere to go.”
Goldberg mentioned the Roe v. Wade case, saying that “it came about because people wanted people to have somewhere safe and somewhere clean; it has nothing to do about your . This is not a , this is a .”
Whoopi Goldberg continued with her angry rant, saying that “getting an abortion is not easy.”
“It is a hard, awful decision that people make,” Goldberg opined. “If you don’t have the wherewithal to understand that, to start the conversation with, ‘I know how hard this must be for you,’ if you’re starting it by telling me I’m going to burn in hell, then you’re not looking out for me as a , whether I subscribe to your or not, and that is not OK.”
.@WhoopiGoldberg: "Getting an abortion is not easy. Making that decision is not easy. It's not something people do lightly."
"If you don't have the wherewithal to understand that … then you're not looking out for me as a human being … and that is not okay." pic.twitter.com/u1DPPSp0Zm
— The View (@TheView) May 3, 2022
Whoopi Goldberg‘s co-host Joy Behar interjected her outrage over the leaked Supreme Court draft ruling, calling it a possible beginning of “fascism.”
“My worry is that this is just the beginning,” Behar said. “Next they’ll go after and maybe Brown v. Board of Education. They already eroded our voting rights a . So I see fascism down the line here.”
The landmark Roe v. Wade case was heard in the 1970s by the United States Supreme Court. In 1970, “Jane Roe,” a fictional name used in court documents so that the plaintiff’s identity was protected, filed suit against the Dallas County, Texas district attorney named Henry Wade.
The suit challenged a law in Texas that made termination of pregnancy illegal, except when a woman’s life was in danger and only with a physician’s order stating so. In the suit, “Jane Roe” claimed that state laws were vague–and unconstitutionally so–and claimed that the law violated women’s rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.
On January 22, 1973, in a vote of 7 to 2 in favor of “Jane Roe,” the name given to the plaintiff to protect her identity, abortion became legalized in the country.
The majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, as well as the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey, both of which upheld the legality of an individual’s choice to have an abortion.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in the Supreme Court document. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”