Whoopi Goldberg Bashes John McCain on Abortion: "Would I be a Slave?"

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 12, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Whoopi Goldberg Bashes John McCain on Abortion: "Would I Be a Slave?"

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 12
, 2008

Hollywood, CA (LifeNews.com) — John and Cindy McCain appeared on the women’s television show, "The View" on Friday morning and the hosts asked the pair questions about abortion. The show is known for its pro-abortion activism, with co-host Whoopi Goldberg a longtime member of the Planned Parenthood board of advisors.

During the program, Goldberg attacked McCain on his saying he would appoint judges who wouldn’t make up the law from the bench.

"Do you say you wanted strict Constitutionalists because that," Goldberg started to say.

"No, I want people who interpret the Constitution of the United States the way our founding fathers envisioned for them to do," McCain responded.

"Should I be worried about being a slave or a return to slavery," Goldberg asked incredulously. (video here)

McCain politely responded that Goldberg had made a good point about the positive changes made to the Constitution since its original drafting, but even her co-hosts guffawed at the remark.

The hosts asked McCain to talk about his new running mate, pro-life Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"She’s a great person, she’s a great governor," he said when asked about why he selected her. "She has ignited a spark in America."

Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is pro-life and supports McCain, asked the senator about abortion and whether McCain would have a litmus test on judges.

"I believe Roe V Wade is a very bad decision," McCain said — paralleling the language he used in a recent interview with Glamour magazine.

He confirmed that he would prefer to lets states and the people decide whether abortion should be prevented rather than federal judges.

On judges, McCain said he would appoint jurists who have a strict view of the Constitution and won’t make law from the bench, as the high court did in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision allowing virtually unlimited abortions.

"We would not impose a litmus test on any issue. That’s not fair to the American people," McCain said about how he would make appointments.

On the other hand, McCain’s pro-abortion rival Barack Obama has a pro-abortion litmus test and has promised to only appoint Supreme Court judges who will pledge to keep abortions legal throughout pregnancy another 35 years.

Later in the program, Cindy McCain appeared and "The View" hosts asked her about exceptions and she confirmed she disagrees with Palin on whether abortions should be legal in the extremely rare cases of rape or incest.

Mrs. McCain confirmed she opposes the other 99 percent of abortions that are done for birth control or economic reasons.

"I am pro-life, I always have been," Mrs. McCain said.

Conversely, Obama’s wife Michelle Obama, appeared at a pro-abortion fundraiser during her time at the Democratic convention in August.

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