Sunny Hostin pushed back against her co-hosts on this morning’s episode of View as panelists engaged in a heated discussion of abortion rights and ethics, tackling the thorny topic of who decides to terminate a pregnancy.
As expected, the table went tense discussing the loaded question, which was sparked by the release of a new book by author Gabrielle Stanley Blair, who argues that it’s up to men to “ejaculate so responsible” to avoid unwanted pregnancies and subsequent abortions.
While debating Blair’s stance on birth control, Hostin questioned why men are excluded from abortion conversations, telling the table, “It’s interesting to me that when we’re talking about women’s rights and especially when we’re talking about a woman’s right to choose, everyone at this table at one point or another has said that a man doesn’t have no right to say anything about it.
“So what if the man wants to keep the child?” she asked. “There was this sociologist in 2005 [who] came out with the argument that it takes two to tango. There is no question. But why is it then only the woman who has the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy?
Joy Behar replied, “Well, it’s her body,” but Hostin shot back, “It’s her body, but now we’re saying men really need to take more responsibility because it’s their body too.” , before adding: “I think there are a lot of men who want to keep babies, and mothers do not.
Alyssa Farah Griffin chimed in to try to better understand Hostin’s position, noting, “That’s kind of the question, the whole abortion debate: Choice…Are you suggesting that men should have choice? to terminate the pregnancy?
Hostin confirmed that yes, she thinks men should step in, telling Griffin, “I’ve always said that, yes,” before clarifying, “Don’t terminate the pregnancy, keep the pregnancy.”
But Behar was unswayed. She told her co-host, “I don’t totally agree with that. It’s not that they shouldn’t have a choice, but once you give men too much power, you lose. your own agency as a woman.
Hostin would not back down, boldly asking, “Do [men] is there a power? Do they have power?
After repeating her question a third time, Behar said, “We’re talking about abortion, about not having the baby right now. We are talking about abortion. The man should have no say in whether she gets an abortion or not, in my opinion.
Although they disagreed in the abortion debate, there was one thing View The panel could collectively agree to: “do better in terms of birth control for men,” as Hostin put it.
And Behar, of course, had a suggestion.
“It’s called cutting!” she spoke up quickly (if you’re confused, there’s a medical term for what she’s talking about, which is called a vasectomy).
“But what is the man going to say, ‘Okay, I think I’m going to have a vasectomy. I’m dying to go to the doctor and do it. They won’t. It’s tough,” Behar said, before moving the show to a commercial break and ending the brief, but heated debate.
View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.
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