Tuesday’s episode of “The View” got extremely heated when the show’s token conservative, Meghan McCain, went head-to-head with co-host Sunny Hostin over Democrats’ support for state-sanctioned infanticide.
The discussion came up after the Senate Democrats blocked a Republican bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would save the lives of babies born after a failed abortion and hold medical personnel responsible for ensuring they receive proper care. The bill, which was co-authored by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), was voted down by Senate Democrats Monday.
Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review pointed out that all “six of the Democratic senators currently running for the 2020 presidential nomination voted against the bill: Cory Booker (N.J.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), along with Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.”
The topic of the bill surfaced on “The View” after the co-hosts discussed t a recent statement made by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in which she questioned whether or not young people should have children because of climate change. The conversation then turned to Monday’s controversial Senate vote. McCain explained the specifics of what the bill contained, then pointed out that the Senate Democrats voted to block the protection against infants.
“So that means these Democrats believe that a baby born, after a botched abortion, should not receive medical care,” McCain said.
“If Democrats want to win an election, going forward, are you going to be the party of late-term abortion?” McCain asked, adding, “The party of infanticide.”
McCain’s colleagues tried to chime in, but she cut them off, asking them to let her finish.
“This is well out of the mainstream of where Americans are at,” she said. “If you think that is how you win back the White House, I’m here to tell you I’ve spent a lot of time in red states. I’m from a red state, and that is a losing argument.”
Sunny Hostin, McCain’s co-host and a self-proclaimed “pro-lifer,” quickly chimed in, disagreeing with McCain’s comments, saying she had to “push back.”
“I thought that you were pro-life like me?” McCain said in response to Hostin’s comments.
“I am,” she said back, “and that’s why I have to push back.”
“So you think a baby born from a botched abortion should be put down like a dog or a cat?” McCain questioned in disbelief.
Hostin then proceeded to explain why she thought McCain was exaggerating.
“In terms of the bill that the Senate Dems blocked yesterday, my understanding is that the reason that it was blocked is because the Dems felt there wasn’t a need for a new law,” Hostin said. “Under the bill that was proposed, it required that all babies born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital, and that is not always safe for a newborn.”
Hostin added that “passing the bill would impose legal and criminal penalties on doctors who don’t comply with moving the infant, even if it is not in the best interest of the infant.”
She went on to claim that failed abortions are “truly rare,” noting that even when they do happen, doctors are already supposed to provide medical care for the baby.
“This is not a new law,” Hostin contended. “It’s already required to provide medical care to infants born alive. This bill also required that all babies born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital, which, my understanding is, it’s not always safe for a newborn. And passing this bill would impose legal and criminal penalties on doctors who won’t comply with that.”
McCain, still visibly upset, replied, “If the Democratic Party wants to be the party of infanticide, that is their choice.”
— Tré Goins-Phillips ? (@tregp) February 27, 2019
Following the heated discussion Tuesday, McCain took to Twitter to elaborate on her views.
“I’m pro-life, and not in the talking point of ‘not for me but okay for other people’ sense,” she wrote.
I’m pro-life, and not in the talking point of “not for me but okay for other people” sense. I stand by what I said this morning, if the Democratic Party wants to be the party of late term abortion and infanticide, they won't just lose – history will judge them for what they did.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 26, 2019
“I stand by what I said this morning,” she added, “if the Democratic Party wants to be the party of late term abortion and infanticide, they won’t just lose – history will judge them for what they did.”