Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to The view as if no time had passed, sparring with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar about abortion rights on Wednesday.
Kansas voting to protect abortion rights in the state constitution was a hot topic — and Hasselbeck, known for her conservative voice when she co-hosted from 2003 to 2013, used the popular right-wing argument to make adoption the solution to abortion restrictions.
“I believe that our creator values life, and that those lives have a plan and purpose as designed by God, which are not limited to the circumstances of conception, nor the situations in which they are born,” Hasselbeck began. “But I do think there are options. There are thousands of agencies wrapping around women who may not be able to care for the baby once they’re born…it will come for free.”
Referring to her own infertility issues while co-hosting, Hasselbeck – who shares Grace (17) and Isaiah, 12, with former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck – acknowledged: “I might not change my mind, but I hope women out there know to search for the non-profit organizations and… the agencies that will help you create a birth plan and match you with an adoptive family who may have miscarried after a miscarriage and may want to care for the baby. I don’t believe in giving women half the information there is.”
With religion in her answer, 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 agency.”
“No… No,” Hasselbeck replied, finally holding up an embroidered tea towel she’d brought with her that read, “I agree, but then we’re both wrong.”
For her part, Behar pointed to the “117,000 children now waiting to be adopted. It’s not that easy: ‘I will have the baby and it will be put up for adoption.” There are other children waiting outside.”
Sara Haines weighed in and said the system often abandons children in that position.
Sunny Hostin, who as a Catholic opposes abortion but has decided not to force her 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 enforce religion,” but then said the decision should be made “according to God.”
“I think we often get caught on the ‘right’ in law,” she said. “Like, we get caught in the law. Just because something is a right doesn’t make it right. We need to be able to have these conversations about what’s really ethical and according to God. I’m not forcing religion, and I also think we’re in Christianity should sometimes offer more mercy.”
There were also lighter moments, with Goldberg praising Hasselbeck and saying she had “some of the best conversations” during her time on the show with her.
“It was great to have you, for me, as my first conservative… in terms of having these kinds of conversations,” said the moderator.
Hasselbeck also urged the audience and co-hosts to look at things from both sides, saying, “Keep your position in one hand and your friend in the other. If we as a society can’t do that, we learn our kids the wrong way to talk about difficult things.”
Hasselbeck was there four 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 Megan McCain’s spot, which became vacant last year. According to reports, Alyssa Farah Griffin — former White House Director of Strategic Communications and aide to former President Trump — will sit alongside Goldberg, Behar, Haines and Hostin.