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Hasselbeck is Now Pro-Choice and Gay Marriage


The most liberal show on television just got more liberal. The "conservative" co-host said in an interview that sure she thinks abortion is killing a human but that doesn't mean it should be illegal. Yahoo reports:

Hasselbeck, who campaigned with Sarah Palin in '08, insists that she's been misunderstood, saying in a recent interview that she regards President Barack Obama as an "incredibly cool guy" and parts company with conservative culture warriors on the charged issues of gay marriage and abortion rights. On the latter front, she says she's "torn"; she offers fairly unequivocal support on the controversial question of same-sex unions.

In an interview with Fancast's Adam Buckman, Hasselbeck insists she's not "ultra-ultra-conservative on every issue." "I actually support gay marriage," she says, an admission that puts her to the left of Obama.

As for abortion, Hasselbeck confirms she believes that life begins at conception but also says she doesn't think the government should tell women what to do with their bodies. "I'm torn there in terms of supporting laws" for or against abortion, she says. "I always say I would rather a change in heart than a law."
The want (even need) to be liked is a dangerous thing.

I can't stand when people say that when it comes to abortion they'd rather change a heart than the law. I always wonder, can't we do both?

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61 comments:

Todd said...

Nice picture choice.

Nod said...

"The want (even need) to be liked is a dangerous thing."

I think you've nailed it there.

p.s. Typo in the title for "Hasselbeck"

Marilyn H said...

There's such a logical disconnect in the "changing hearts" approach. In what other context would we let an innocent life be taken while we try to convince the perpetrator to have a change of heart? Shouldn't the reverse be true...save the life, then try to change the heart?

John Hetman said...

Wow, that 15 minutes of fame and notoriety passed quickly. Moving right along....

PattyinCT said...

I bet she's still wondering when she gets her 30 pieces of silver...

Jason said...

I hate it when people start discussing and listening to other points of views. It's wrong. They just need to listen what the Church teaches them. That's it. The Church is right on every matter.

BHG said...

Perhaps she can start with changing her heart...

Anonymous said...

Just proves that all too often beauty is only skin deep.

M. Swaim said...

Typical Republican.

Maurisa said...

Her "thinking" is more dangerous and subversive than that of her View co-hosts. At least with them you know exactly where they stand and you can just tune them out. Shame on Elizabeth! What a dope.

Anonymous said...

Nice try M. Swaim. Injecting politics into the discussion. Maybe we should ask why your party endorses the killing of the unborn?

This is another example why compassion apart from logic can lead one astray.

Brian said...

"Nice try M. Swaim. Injecting politics into the discussion. Maybe we should ask why your party endorses the killing of the unborn?

This is another example why compassion apart from logic can lead one astray. "

What a weird comment. Did you infer that he is a Democrat from his statement? M. Swaim sounds more like a Catholic to me.

Anonymous said...

Any reason you decided that this was an appropriate picture for a Catholic blog?

Dan said...

This is what she thinks "now"? I doubt she has ever truly thought differently. Brian: it wasn't a wierd comment. The comment by M Swaim was the wierd one.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say she is a typical Republican, but I am willing to bet there are more pro-choice Republicans in office than Pro-life Democrats.

Kathy said...

Her need to be liked and accepted as part of the crowd has apparently overtaken her. How strong then, were her convictions to begin with. Very disappointing. I find it ironic and funny that those who ask for tolerance, who think conservatives are intolerant, are the very ones who cannot tolerate anyone whose views are not in lock step with their own. I have friends in NY who have distanced themselves from me once they found out I was a militant pro-lifer and a rabid anti-Obama conservative. And yet for years I have known and loved them in spite of their differing views and lifestyles. Hypocritical yes, but I'd rather hold fast to what I know to be the truth than to keep friends who only want me if I agree with them on every issue. So long, Elizabeth. You'll miss us in the end.

Kathy said...

PattyinCT has nailed it. I wonder if she's realizing just how much of herself she's just given up for the sake of popularity.

Ben said...

"I have friends in NY who have distanced themselves from me once they found out I was a militant pro-lifer and a rabid anti-Obama conservative." Here Here Kathy. Living in NYC it is tough, and when my "friends" found out I was conservative and pro life, they distanced themselves. I converted to Catholicism I lost a bunch more. Poor Elizabeth, its hard to watch someone follow those who you know have lost their vision.

Ben said...

Oh, and Nice Pic Matt :0

Anonymous said...

Barbara Walters knew that Hasselbeck (or ...back) was a liberal in disguise when she picked her over some other quality, orthodox (on marriage and abortion) conservatives.

ABC (Disney Co.) wouldn't want any less.

Gerry

Kathy C said...

Read C.S. Lewis's "The Inner Ring", again, if you've already read it.

“Over a drink or a cup of coffee disguised as triviality and sandwiched between two jokes, from the lips of a man, or woman, whom you have recently been getting to know rather better and whom you hope to know better still-just at that moment when you are most anxious not to appear crude, or naif or a prig-the hint will come. It will be the hint of something which is not quite in accordance with the technical rules of fair play: something which the public, the ignorant, romantic public, would never understand: something which even the outsiders in your own profession are apt to make a fuss about: but something, says your new friend, which "we"-and at the word "we" you try not to blush for mere pleasure-something "we always do". And you will be drawn in, if you are drawn in, not by desire for gain or ease, but simply because at that moment, when the cup was so near your lips, you cannot bear to be thrust back again into the cold outer world.
It would be so terrible to see the other man's face-that genial, confidential, delightfully sophisticated face-turn suddenly cold and contemptuous, to know that you had been tried for the Inner Ring and rejected. And then, if you are drawn in, next week it will be something a little further from the rules . . .
Lewis concludes: `The quest of the Inner Ring will break your heart unless you break it'.

from essay by ANDREW LINZEY*

Pauli said...

I think she's an ex-Catholic, right?

M. Swaim said...

Holy crap- I just woke up to the world and found out I was a Democrat- has reality been totally altered?

Sorry if I'm a pro-lifer who's been disgusted with the Elizabeth Hasselbecks, Lindsey Grahams, Laura/George Bushes, John McCains and others who feed us pro-lifers pathetic lines because they know the other party is so pro-death that we can't help but vote for them as a matter of ethical logistics. Heck with that.

Spend your time voting for lesser evils, and you will arrive at the throne of judgment trying to explain why you ever voted for evils in the first place, no matter how you tried to minimize them in comparison with the evils for which you didn't vote.

I stand by my comments. When the Michael Steeles and John McCains of this world speak up for virtue instead of politics, then I will readily stand by their sides. In the meantime, all they have to offer us is the same thing the currently elected administration offers on a daily basis: "we aren't nearly as bad as the losers who came before us!"

Give me solid proof that the Republican party has the pro-life agenda at the forefront of its administration, and I'll concede defeat. Until then, I will stand by my assertions that the pro-life plank of the Republican platform is the main reason that most of us idiots continue to vote for other idiots who are wrong on a bajillion issues but happen to give lip service to the protection of unborn babies.

Maria said...

Honestly, she is no different than other prominent conservative women in her view, cf. Laura and Barbara Bush and even Nancy Reagan. Its just sad.

Jerome said...

Until 5 minutes ago I never even heard of her.

Blackrep said...

M. Swaim : Very intersting post. You've given me a lot to think about. I never thought of the the PL plank being used as a shallow, lip-service-y lure for suckers like me.

But it is true. I feel like all these RINOS have gotten one over on me bigtime.

Sarah Palin. Michelle Malkin. Michelle Bachman. I need to remind myself that there are still real women of character in politics.

As for EH, what has she every done in her life but be a thin blone who married a football player? That is the genius of the View. The conservative voice is a shrill and senseless sellout. Give me straight Whoopi. Seems like there is a soul in there somewhere, even though terribly misguided.

matthew archbold said...

Matt,
Steele isn't pro-life. I couldn't agree more with you. Steele has said as much while McCain always just seems pro-McCain to me.

The Republican Party establishment looks down on pro-lifers and consider them a necessary evil they have to give lip service to in order to get reelected.

Anonymous said...

Abortion is murder - just because a child gestates within a woman, does not give her the "right to her body" to kill that infant. For example, if you use a knife or a handgun to kill someone - you "use your body in a manner that you wish" to complete the job of killing another. It is erroneous to imply that a woman has a right to her body - in the case of the act of murder, no one is legally allowed to use their body in such a way as to cooperate with the death of another.

Kathy said...

Ben, you've got more courage than I. Until very recently I was still trying to maintain those friendships, and was hurt by their rejection. What guts to lose friends over your convictions, and then take it a step further an convert to Catholicism! I can't help feeling that in these days the wheat is being seperated from the chaff....after all we are all sinners, and I certainly chief among them, but will gladly give up this mortal life in order to be counted among the Remnant. We do need the encouragement of others when the going gets tough.

Rick said...

Re: "they'd rather change a heart than the law." One can say the same thing about laws against discrimination, yet no one dares to say, "Let's make discrimination legal and change the heart instead."

SarahL said...

I'm guessing the pic is intended as a graphic representation of EH's moral laxity - letting it all hang out (or very nearly all of it), which shouldn't make her statements on abortion or gay marriage all that surprising. She's been pickled.

Thanks, also, to Katy for the C.S. Lewis quote. And Rick makes a great point, too, about the inconsistency of their "changing hearts instead of the law" cop-out.

SarahL said...

Oops! I meant thanks to Kathy C, not Katy.

T Shaffer said...

I can relate to her position. The notion that abortion should be illegal in every circumstance is simplistic and unrealistic. Pro-lifers sometimes forget the woman, pro-choicers always forget the baby. We need to remember both parties and understand that there needs to be a little(a modicum) legal latitude for a crisis pregnancy even where there is no moral latitude.

Early Riser said...

M.Swaim - I couldn't agree more. I haven't voted Republican for years now...because I CAN'T. All the Republican candidates in my state are pro-abortion, meaning I cannot in good conscience vote for them.

Some of you are confusing RINO's with CINO's; the Republican Party can change its platform at any time. There is nothing stopping it. Currently there is a very pro-life portion of the charter. But should the party decide we just don't matter anymore when it comes to votes, then away it will go. And in my state it has long gone. We need a national "Christian National" party. Anyone who has hitched thier conservative wagon to the Republican party will find themselves way off the trail.

re the photo: Geeze! Get over it! You see more on the wall of most churches in the Vatican!

Anonymous said...

Would you please state your reason for choosing that particular picture for this aricle.

Anonymous said...

Were she a REAL PRO-LIFE CONSERVATIVE, she would have never been allowed to co-host that show.

http://www.FreeTheND88.org

Anonymous said...

Photo: Because it shows what she's good for. A shallow, thin, blonde, with big boobs that she flaunts on camera... and she comes with a big name, the name of a relatively famous NFL QB, the dream of every high school Barbie.

Nothing more. The picture fits the title of the post perfectly, don't you think?

Swaim is right, by the way. Repugnicans are Demoncrats with a different mascot. Only a Catholic who is true to their faith can see it. Catholics who choose to support either party choose politics over their religion, period. It's basic logic.

Anonymous said...

T Shaffer;
I haven't known pro-lifers to forget the woman. Where I live there is the HOPE clinic that offers to take care of the women during & after pregnancy. This cannot be said for the abortion clinics, who in my mind take care of neither the baby who they kill, or the woman who they send off after they get their money. I have friends who had abortions (before I knew them) and the clinic only cared about payment, not the woman. It is the Pro-Lifers who offer things like Rachel's Vineyard to help heal from abortion and Silent No More. I see no counseling from abortion providers other then to say, "it is not a person so don't feel guilty," which is a flat out lie.

Anonymous said...

While there are some images in the Sistine chapel that are revealing, it is the manner of revealing. Dresses like this automatically draw the eye to her cleavage which is the desired result. I have never and will never see "The View" and am sorry for all those who would base their 'morality' on such a program but I suspect that there are plenty of clueless souls that do.

You can gain the whole world but if it is at the cost of your soul....

We pray for those who have traded truth for fame or power or whatever; may the grace of conversion be given them.

Anonymous said...

One difference between Repubs in the White House and Democrats in the White House is the extension of Planned Parenthood into foreign aid to underdeveloped countries. Pres. Clinton and Pres. Obama pushed funds into abortion-supporting foreign aid. Pres. Bush II revoked that.
One recognizes that in some cases (tubal or other extrauterine pregnancies) no practical way exists of bringing the infant to term. Nevertheless, the "health of the mother" exception is large enough to drive a Mack truck through, as many abortionists have smoothly done.
Stopping the government from financing Planned Parenthood and other abortion enterprises is merely the first necessary (but not sufficient) step. This battle is not over.
TeaPot562

William a sinner. Most unlearned. The Least of all the faithful… said...

The Slippery Slope of Modernistic Heretical Quasi Christianity...

Lynne said...

Well, she *did* go to BC. I'm surprised she graduated from there professing to be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage... So now she's a "fiscal conservative"?

Eileen said...

To be fair, that neckline is almost a daily thing with Mrs. Hesselback, so there probably weren't any pictures of her that were less revealing.

Anonymous said...

The photo should have been cropped, making it more appropriate for a Catholic website.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how people say they are "pro-life" when also "pro-gay marriage". There is no possibility of life's generation within such a union.

Also, I don't know how McCain calls himself "pro-life" when he is for gov't funded embryonic stem cell research.

Finally, I don't know how we call ourselves- as conservative Catholics- "pro-life" when we support all these American foreign aggressive wars. According to the popes, they are unjust. According to our Founding Fathers, they are military adventurism and unjust interventionism and the cause of BIG GOV'T. But, as long as its a Republican war, we support it...?

Peace be with your spirits!
AMDG

Peadar Ban said...

I know that this woman is on a television show where other women talk to each other, and that the show is carried on one of the major networks. The next time I watch it will be my first one and that will possibly never happen unless it is forced on me as a punishment for some grave crime committed.

My question to you all who seem to know of her is simply why what she or anyone else on that show says or thinks matters?

This world is a very strange place when stupidity and vacuousness are given weight, attention and respect; and I do not confine the boundaries of my remarks to dear Mrs. Hasselbeck and her circle of friends.

Anonymous said...

I have no use for her anyway. She is an anti-Catholic bigot. I can't believe the viciousness and the vapidity of those women are given a forum on television. Julie

Ben said...

Kathy, Thanks, It is very difficult, but we have to support each other. It is very hard that you can't tell your "friends" about your day. How am I supposed to call my "friends" and tell them that yesterday I Read the Litany of The Blessed Virgin before Benediction and Eucharistic Adoration? Its NYC, We could tell them a myriad of mortal sins and they would love us. I need new pals now too so If you'd like to get a cup of tea...

mundabor said...

Beautiful eyes.... ;)

Still, the attractive lady forgets that the best way to change the hearts is..... to change the law. The laws of one generation are the morality of the following one. If abortion were banned, the coming generations wouldn't have any problem to see it for what it is: murder.

M

David B said...

Ms. Hasselbeck is a mental flyweight who the producers of "The View" pass off as a conservative. It's actually pretty smart on their part. They wouldn't dare have a real, thinking conservative on the show. Note how Laura Ingraham skewered the mascot of "glittering jewels of colossal ignorance", Joy Behar on the show a few weeks ago.

Ben said...

Bingo on Laura- She would eat them for lunch. Elizabeth is a PCC "Polite company conservative"

Joy said...

The Church condoned slavery and segregation for decades claiming it was better to 'change a heart'

Careful of that plank obscuring your sight

Early Riser said...

David - I'm with you there. Laura Ingram has been my champion since she converted to Catholicism. We need more real Catholics like her.

Joy - do you really know what you are talking about? Doesn't sound like it. The church condemned racial slavery since it was first attempted by Spain in the Canary Islands back in the 15th century.

A little education there maybe?

Joy said...

A bit of education:

"The Catholic Church in America had long ties in slaveholding Maryland and Louisiana. Despite a firm stand for the spiritual equality of black people, and the resounding condemnation of slavery by Pope Gregory XVI in his bull In Supremo Apostolatus issued in 1839, the American church continued in deeds, if not in public discourse, to support slaveholding interests. The Bishop of New York denounced O'Connell's petition as a forgery, and if genuine, an unwarranted foreign interference. The Bishop of Charleston declared that, while Catholic tradition opposed slave trading, it had nothing against slavery. No American bishop supported abolition before the Civil War. While the war went on, they continued to allow slave-owners to take communion."
History of Abolition

Early Riser said...

Joy - the magesterium IS the church. There are always errant bishops and clergy. We see that today. They do not represent the church when they contradict the authority of the Pope.

This is Catholicism 101. If you go against Christ, you cannot be a Christian. If you go against the Pope on matters of faith and morals, you cannot be a Catholic.

Jason said...

Joy = ignorant bigot. Educate yourself please.
Hasselbeck = bimbo in word and dress, currying favor with the world through both.

Kathy said...

Ben, tea sounds great. Too bad I'm in N.C. But, lets have a virtual cup of tea, and be glad for a friend of like mind who you can just be yourself with. God bless...

Jason said...

@Early Riser

Christ wasn't right about everything. And clearly the Pope doesn't have a clue about many issues including the molestation of children. If you believe the pope then molestation is good, but it isn't.

But I''l agree Joy is a dushbag and Hasselbeck is a C... with a capital C. The woman should be sentence to death based on what they preach!!!

Ben said...

Thanks Kathy :)
In NYC you don't convert to Catholicism to win a popularity contest, that's for sure. When People in NYC find out you are Catholic they either run, make a gay priest/pope comment/ say "I went to Catholic School" Followed by some anti Catholic comment, or say, "So am I! but you don't really believe all that catholic-y stuff?", ha ha, nudge nudge. Elizabeth is under a constant barrage in the entertainment biz, and we should pray for her strength and for her Moral Courage, not call her names or disparage her. She is a lady and should be treated as one.

Kathy said...

Ben,well stated.

Anonymous said...

The quote from CS Lewis is beautiful.
Thanks, Kathy C.

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