Whoopi Goldberg claimed Monday that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade constituted a violation of her freedom of religion.
Goldberg made the comments during Monday’s broadcast of the ABC midday talk show “The View,” and she argued that the fact that Roe had been overturned — pursuant to the Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — meant that she was being forced to adhere to someone else’s religion.
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The conversation started with Vice President Kamala Harris, who claimed during an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd that the Court had become an “activist court” — namely because of the decision to overturn Roe.
Chief Justice John Roberts’ responded: “I don’t understand the connection between the opinions people disagree with and the legitimacy of the Supreme Court … Yes, all of our opinions are open to criticism. In fact, our members do a great job of criticizing some opinions from time to time. But simply because people disagree with an opinion is not a basis for criticizing the legitimacy of the court.”
Goldberg then weighed in, arguing that because the overturning of Roe impacted the right for women to obtain abortions, she didn’t believe it should be a matter of “opinion.”
“I mean, can someone’s rights be a matter of opinion?” she asked. “I mean, I think John Roberts is being a bit disingenuous, you know? Yes, America’s made some tough decisions including letting black kids go to school with white kids, letting gay people get married. There are many, many decisions that people freaked out about.”
“This one, this last spate of stuff comes from a place of religion which is not constitutional,” Goldberg went on to add that restricting the right to abortion was rooted in religion rather than law.
“That’s not how we — we are supposed to be doing things as far as I remember. Now maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t remember — I thought I was allowed to be who I am. That’s why you want to be an American, because you’re free to be who you want to be, and other people don’t have to like who you are. You just have to make sure you don’t get in somebody else’s business and hurt somebody or kill somebody,” she insisted, adding, “Now this has become about my religious freedom to make sure that you follow my religion. I don’t know that that’s — I don’t know that he’s — the idea that he’s pretending he doesn’t know what’s going on is surprising to me.”