Sunny Hostin, co-host of “The View,” recently revealed that she has been receiving hate mail for expressing her pro-life stance on the show. While known for her progressive views, Hostin has consistently maintained that her Catholic faith informs her opposition to abortion. However, she does not support the repeal of Roe v. Wade or the restriction of women’s access to abortion.
During a discussion on the show about abortion legislation, Hostin emphasized the importance of separating religion from government. She criticized the Republican Party for relying heavily on evangelical support for their anti-abortion arguments while acknowledging her pro-life stance. Hostin did not go into detail about the hateful messages she has received, but she seemed to acknowledge that her views are unpopular among hard-left voices.
Last year, Hostin made it clear that she does not support any exceptions for abortion, even after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. While she disagreed with the Court’s decision, she firmly stated her opposition to abortion at any time.
Hostin’s co-hosts on “The View” also weighed in on the topic. Sara Haines criticized religious conservatives for their inconsistent and hypocritical stance on abortion. Alyssa Farah Griffin, a Republican co-host, expressed her hope that the country could find common ground on abortion limits following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The discussion on “The View” arose in response to the latest developments in Texas. The state Supreme Court intervened to temporarily block a lower court’s decision that would have permitted an abortion for a pregnant woman facing a fatal diagnosis for her fetus. The ruling followed the issuance of a temporary restraining order by a lower court judge in favor of Kate Cox, the pregnant woman involved.
The Texas Supreme Court, composed entirely of Republicans, stated that it was temporarily staying the lower Court’s ruling “without regard to the merits.” This delay allows the Court more time to consider the case. Ken Paxton, Republican Texas Attorney General argued that Cox did not meet the criteria for a medical exception to the state’s abortion ban and urged the Supreme Court to take action.
The office of Paxton issued a caution to three Houston hospitals, advising them of potential legal repercussions if they permitted Cox’s physician to proceed with the abortion in defiance of the lower court’s decision. Paxton additionally voiced disapproval of Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, characterizing her as an “activist” judge.
The abortion debate continues to be a contentious issue. Democrats have seen success in supporting abortion rights, with referendums passing even in conservative states and their performance in the 2022 midterms exceeding expectations. As the conversation unfolds, how the issue will evolve and its impact on future elections remains to be seen.