‘I Can’t Even Do This Anymore!’: Whoopi Goldberg and Jedediah Bila Go At It Over Planned Parenthood
Yesterday, Paul Ryan made it clear that with the destruction of Obamacare would come the defunding of Planned Parenthood. There was immediate backlash from those concerned that this would not prevent women from getting abortions, but would prevent poor women from getting other care, like pap smears and mammograms.
On The View today, Whoopi Goldberg was furious about that, especially after Sara Haines shared that over 80% of Planned Parenthood’s patients are below the poverty level. Still, Jedediah Bila thought it wasn’t that big of a deal since some taxpayers don’t want their money given to Planned Parenthood. (Note that the Hyde Amendment restricts federal funding from going to pay for abortion services.)
Goldberg pointed out that her religious beliefs dictated that she has to look out for the best interests of others without judging, so she could see no religious reason for anyone to want to halt funding to a clinic that services so many poor people over an objection to abortion. Further, she said, she doesn’t want her taxes to go toward building a wall on the Mexican border or supporting a war, but as an American, she understands that sometimes, her taxes will just go where she doesn’t want them to. It’s the price of living in the U.S.
Bila held fast and pivoted to talking about the secretly-recorded videos of Planned Parenthood’s high-ranking employees. They have been debunked and led to no actual charges against the organization, but she pointed out that to a number of Americans, they’re still proof of wrongdoing of some sort.
“I can’t even do this anymore,” Goldberg said. “I can’t do it! I can’t do it!”
Joy Behar then jumped in to remind viewers that while governor of Indiana, VP-elect Mike Pence caused an HIV outbreak by defunding the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics.
Bila continued on but Goldberg interrupted: “We’re going to take a break! We’ll be right back! God!”
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