Whoopi Goldberg goes all out.
The View host delivered one devastating minute-long monologue He slammed the Supreme Court’s draft judgment that ruled Roe v. Wade would overturn the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
The 66-year-old, who has previously spoken out about an illegal abortion she had as a teenager, became furious after raising the issue on Tuesday’s edition of the all-female talk show.
“You have people telling me I have to wear a mask or not wear a mask or do this,” Goldberg raged, raising her voice and taking over the conversation from her co-hosts. “Everyone wants to tell me what to do! That’s my body!”
“My doctor and I and my child – that makes the decision [about abortion]’ the EGOT legend declared defiantly, seemingly holding back tears.
“Women, if they decide something isn’t right for them, they will take matters into their own hands,” she raged. “We were tired of tripping over it [other] Women in public toilets having abortions themselves because there was nowhere safe, nowhere clean, nowhere to go.”
Referring to Roe v. Wade, which became state law in 1973, Goldberg explained, “It came about because people wanted people to have a safe and clean place. It has nothing to do with your religion. It’s not a religious problem, it’s a human problem.”
The daytime star insisted that “having an abortion isn’t easy.”
“It’s a tough, horrible decision that people make,” admitted the “Ghost” Oscar winner. “If you don’t have the tools to understand this, start the conversation with ‘I know how hard this must be for you,’ when you start by telling me I’m going to burn in hell You don’t care about me as a person, whether I’m of your religion or not, and that’s not okay.”
Meanwhile, co-host Joy Behar also expressed outrage at the Supreme Court’s leaked bill, claiming it could be the start of “fascism.”
“My concern is that this is just the beginning. Next, they’re going to look at gay marriage and maybe… Brown v. Board of Education. They’ve already eroded our voting rights a bit. So this is where I see fascism across the board,” she theorized.
Behar, 79, added that she was so distressed by the news that she woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep.
As early as 1991, Goldberg wrote an essay for Angela Bonavoglia’s book, The Choices We Made The Choices We Made: Twenty-Five Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion, in which she obtained an abortion at age 14—before Roe v. Wade – detailing became legal.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone. I panicked. I sat in hot baths,” Goldberg wrote. “I’ve been drinking those weird concoctions that girls have told me about – something like Johnnie Walker Red with a bit of Clorox, alcohol, baking soda (which probably saved my stomach) and some kind of cream. You got everything mixed up. I became violently ill.”
“In that moment, I was more scared of having to explain to anyone what was wrong than going to the park with a coat hanger, which is what I did,” she emotionally added.
Goldberg has just returned to The View after a surprise three-week hiatus.
The veteran presenter – who has hosted The View since 2008 – sparked outrage back in January after claiming the Holocaust is “not about race”. She was subsequently suspended from the show.
Meanwhile, a leak of the Supreme Court draft was first published by Politico on Monday night.
The majority opinion, drafted by Justice Samuel Alito, overturns Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, which largely upheld abortion rights.
“We believe Roe and Casey need to be overridden,” Alito wrote in the document. “It’s time to respect the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected officials of the people.”
If Roe v. Wade is lifted, 26 states are likely to restrict abortion, affecting more than 40 million women of childbearing age, according to one report.
The Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based pro-choice research organization, reported last year that 22 states already have anti-abortion laws that would go into effect once Roe v. Wade falls.
These states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming .