Sunny Hostin — who joined “The View” as a co-host in 2016 — thanked her fellow ABC panelists this week for helping her to change her once-pro-life opinion about abortion.
The leftist co-host described herself as a “proud Roman Catholic” who, prior to joining the daytime talk show, called herself “pro-life” and believed abortion was “wrong” and akin to “killing babies.”
“I mean, there is that wonderful thing in our country called the separation of church and state, right?” Hostin began. “Remember that? That’s something that I learned about in law school, and that I think most people know about, and I myself am also a Roman Catholic — a proud Roman Catholic. I’ve said it many, many times.”
“You ladies have taught me so much when it comes to my position on abortion,” she continued. “I came in on this show five years ago saying, ‘I am pro-life, and anyone who has an abortion is wrong and they’re killing babies.’ That was my position.”
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She went on to explain she now believes such a perspective is incorrect: “My position now is I think [abortion] is wrong. I think life begins as conception. That is my faith. I am not going to make that judgment call for anyone else.”
To audience applause, Hostin added: “I have changed, and I’ve changed because you’ve taught me that.”
Given Hostin described herself as a “proud” Catholic, it’s worth looking at the official Catechism of the Catholic Church, which states “human life is sacred because, from its beginning, it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can, under any circumstance, claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.”
Furthermore, the catechism declares “human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception” and describes abortion as a “moral evil” and an action that “is gravely contrary to the moral law.”
There are, of course, several Bible passages pointing to the value of human life from the moment of conception.
Perhaps the most frequently referenced portion of Scripture on this issue is Psalm 139:13-16, which states:
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (ESV).
Additionally, Exodus 21:22-25 states:
If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise (NIV).
Christians are compelled to understand the inherent value of human life to be an absolute truth, meaning it is incontrovertible. An incontrovertible fact — or absolute truth — exists in its inalterable state, regardless of circumstance, situation, or interpretation. Absolute truth is unavoidable, as even those who universally deny the existence of absolute truth have themselves, in so doing, made an absolute truth claim.
So if Hostin personally believes abortion is a “moral evil” — and she claims she does — then she has to believe it in all situations, because it is an absolute truth. If she does not believe it absolutely, then she does not believe it.
Imagine for a moment making such a claim under any other circumstance: Well, I personally believe assault and battery are wrong, but it is not my place to make a judgment on someone else’s understanding of assault. Such a position would be preposterous, and the same is true of abortion.
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