Whoopi Goldberg says abortion is “a human issue” and has nothing to do with religion, following the release of a highly controversial draft opinion from the US Supreme Court.
The talk show host, who once wrote about her own self-directed abortion when she was 14, said the ‘harsh and horrific decision’ was ‘not something people take lightly’ .
This follows a leaked draft opinion, written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, which suggests lawmakers may be on the verge of overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case that legalized abortion. across America.
Speaking on The View on Tuesday, Goldberg delivered a moving monologue about the story and the original legislation.
“It has nothing to do with your religion, it’s not a religious issue, it’s a human issue,” she said, drawing applause from the audience.
“This law came about because people wanted people to have a safe and clean place.
“Getting an abortion is not easy, making that decision is not easy.
“It’s not something that people do lightly. It’s not something you can do. It is a difficult and terrible decision that people make.
“And if you can’t afford to understand that, to start that conversation, ‘I know how hard this must be for you.
“If you start by telling me that I’m going to burn in hell, then you don’t care about me as a human being, whether I subscribe to your religion or not.
“And that’s not right.”
It comes as singer Phoebe Bridgers revealed she had an abortion last year while on tour, saying: “Everyone deserves that kind of access.”
Bridgers wrote on Twitter: “I had an abortion in October last year while on tour.
“I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy.
“Everyone deserves that kind of access.”
The Motion Sickness singer also shared a link to an article published by The Cut that includes a state-by-state breakdown of abortion rights organizations where people can donate online.
A decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade case could lead to abortion bans in potentially half of US states.
The court confirmed the authenticity of the leaked project, but it does not represent the court’s final word as the language could change before the court issues its decision.
Following the news, US President Joe Biden said he hoped the draft would not be finalized by the judges, saying it reflected a “fundamental shift in US jurisprudence” that threatened “other fundamental rights”. such as access to birth control and gay marriage.