Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to ‘The View’ and discusses abortion

Elizabeth Hasselbeck returned to The view as if no time had passed, sparring with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar over abortion rights on Wednesday.

Kansas’ vote to protect abortion rights in the state constitution was a “hot issue” — and Hasselbeck, known for her conservative voice when she co-founded from 2003 to 2013, used the popular right-wing argument to make the adoption the solution to abortion restrictions.

“I believe that our creator places value on life and that those lives have a design and purpose upon them as designed by God that are not limited to the circumstances of conception, nor the circumstances into which they are born,” Hasselbeck began. “But I think there are options out there. There are thousands of agencies that wrap women who may not be able to care for the baby once it’s born … that will come in at no cost.”

Addressing her own struggles with infertility while co-hosting, Hasselbeck — who shares Grace, 17, and Isaiah, 12, with former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck — acknowledged: “I may not change your mind, but I hope women out there know to seek out the non-profits and … services that help you create a birth plan and match you with an adoptive family who may have experienced miscarriage after miscarriage and may want to care the baby. I don’t believe in giving women half the information out there.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to The View on Wednesday.  (Photo: The View/ABC)

Elizabeth Hasselbeck returned to The view on Wednesday. (Photo: The View/ABC)

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

“No… No,” Hasselbeck replied, finally holding up an embroidered dish towel he had brought that read, “I would agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong.”

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

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

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

Hasselbeck insisted, “I’m not imposing religion,” but then said the decision should be made “according to God.”

“I think a lot of times we get caught up in the ‘right’ legislation,” he said. “Like, we get caught by the law. Just because something is right doesn’t make it right. We need to be able to have these conversations about what is truly moral and according to God. I’m not forced into religion, and I also think that sometimes in Christianity we need to offer more mercy.”

There were lighter moments, too, with Goldberg praising Hasselbeck, saying he had “some of the best conversations” in her time on the show with her.

“It’s been great to have you, for me, as my first conservative … in terms of having these kinds of conversations,” the moderator said.

Hasselbeck also urged the audience and co-hosts to try to see things from both sides, saying: “Hold your seat in one hand and your friend in the other. If we can’t do that as a society, we teach The Our children have the wrong way of talking about difficult things.”

Hasselbeck was there celebrate 25 seasons of The view before the end of the season. A new season starts in September.

And there will be a new co-host for Season 26. On Thursday, the show is expected to officially announce its new co-host and conservative voice on the show, filling the seat vacated by Meghan McCain last year. According to reports, Alyssa Farah Griffin — former White House Director of Strategic Communications and aide to former President Trump — will take the position alongside Goldberg, Behar, Haines and Hostin.

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