On Wednesday, Joy Behar of “The View” offered her nuanced opinion of the 25 men in the Alabama Senate who voted for the new anti-abortion bill that is the strongest such bill in the nation, snapping, “Maybe they should make it a law that they should all be required to get a vasectomy.”
Behar was prompted by host Whoopi Goldberg, who asked if the Alabama law could overturn Roe v. Wade.
Co-host Sunny Hostin answered:
I think it will certainly reach the Supreme Court, and I’ve said it before, I think by the end of 2019 that abortion will be either severely restricted or illegal in about 20 states, but this has always been the plan; it’s always been the plan, at least since 1973, to challenge Roe v. Wade, and remember, abortion is now not illegal, but the Supreme Court even in ’73 said that you could still restrict it once the fetus is viable. So there are restrictions that are in place, and can be in place, but completely overturning it, I think now is the first time since 1973 it is possible because of the five conservative justices on the court.
Behar: Can we look at a picture of the panel of men who did this? There it is. Gee, what do they have in common? They’re all men. All white guys. Maybe they should make it a law that they should all be required to get a vasectomy, that group in particular. That would solve the problem.
Hostin: There are only four women in the Alabama Senate.
Behar: And they didn’t vote for it.
Of course, Behar is either unwilling to admit or completely ignorant of the fact that it was a huge majority of seven men on the Supreme Court who voted for Roe v. Wade, and six of them were white: Harry Blackmun, William Douglas, Potter Stewart, Lewis Powell, Warren Burger, and William Brennan. With the exception of Douglas, who was nominated by FDR, the other five justices were all appointed by Republicans.
Roe was slammed by legal scholars after it was decided; American legal scholar John Hart Ely, who was considered liberal and was reputedly the fourth most frequently cited legal scholar of all time, said, “It is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be … What is frightening about Roe is that this super-protected right is not inferable from the language of the Constitution, the framers’ thinking respecting the specific problem in issue, any general value derivable from the provisions they included, or the nation’s governmental structure.” Fellow liberal Harvard professor Laurence Tribe admitted, “One of the most curious things about Roe is that, behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found.”
Behar does have problems with Christianity; she later apologized after saying in a conversation about Vice President Mike Pence, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.” She mocked, “My question is can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?”