Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to The View to debate abortion

Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to View as if no time had passed, sparingly with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar on abortion rights on Wednesday.

Kansas votes on abortion rights was a “hot topic” in the state constitution — and Hasselbeck, who became known for her conservative voice from 2003 to 2013 when she co-hosted the show, used the popular right-wing argument to make adoption a solution to abortion restrictions.

“I believe that our creator gives value to life, and that those lives have a plan and a purpose, as designed by God, beyond the circumstances of conception or the situations into which they are born,” Hasselbeck began. “But I think there are opportunities. There are thousands of agencies that are covering women who may not be able to take care of a baby once they’re born … that will be there for free.”

Speaking about her infertility struggles while she was a host, Hasselbeck, who shares Grace, 17, and Isaiah, 12, with former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, admitted: “I might not change your mind, but I hope women know. look for nonprofits and … agencies that help you create a birth plan and match you with an adoptive family who may have experienced a miscarriage and want to care for the baby. I don’t believe women should be given half the information that’s out there.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to View on Wednesday. (Screenshot: Image / ABC)

Using religion in his response, Goldberg said, “As you know, God doesn’t make mistakes. God made us smart enough to know when it’s not going to work for us. That’s the beauty of freedom of choice.”

“No… No,” Hasselbeck replied, eventually holding up the embroidered towel she’d brought that read, “I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong.”

For her part, Behar pointed to “the 117,000 children who are waiting right now. It’s not as quick as, ‘I’m going to have a baby and it’s going to be adopted.’ There are other children waiting there.”

Sara Haines weighed in, talking about how the system often fails kids in this position.

Sunny Hostin, who anti-abortion as a Catholic but decided not to impose his religious beliefs on others, asked Hasselbeck, “What if people don’t believe in your God and you take that decision away from them?”

Hasselbeck insisted, “I don’t preach religion,” but then said the decision should be made “according to God.”

“I think a lot of times we end up with ‘correct’ legislation,” she said. “For example, we fall under the law. Just because something is right doesn’t mean it’s right. We need to be able to talk about what’s actually ethical and according to God. I wouldn’t translate. religion, and I think so too , that sometimes in Christianity we have to offer more mercy.”

There were lighter moments as Goldberg praised Hasselbeck, saying he had “the best conversations” with her on the show.

“It was great to have you as my first conservative … when it comes to these kinds of conversations,” the moderator said.

Hasselbeck also urged the audience and co-hosts to try to see things from both sides, saying: “Keep your position in one hand and your friend in the other. If we can’t do that as a society, we teach. our children are not the right way to talk about difficult things.’

Hasselbeck was there to celebrate 25 seasons View before the end of the season. The new season will start in September.

There will be a new co-host for the 26th season. On Thursday, the show is expected to officially announce a new host and conservative voice to fill the seat vacated by Megan McCain last year. According to reports, it will be Alyssa Farah Griffin – former White House director of strategic communications and aide to former President Trump, who shares the position with Goldberg, Behar, Haines and Hostin.

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