Tensions flared during Tuesday's airing of "The View" after co-host Meghan McCain got into it with co-host Sunny Hostin over infanticide.
What are the details?
The show went off the rails after it began discussing abortions, and more particularly, failed abortions.
On Monday, Senate Democrats blocked a Republican bill that would have handed down prison time to physicians who do not attempt to save the lives of babies born during failed abortions.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) authored the bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have protected the rights of infants who survived and would effectively force lawmakers to take a stance on infanticide.
Sasse's bill aimed to ensure that, "if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws."
Introducing the topic, McCain said, "If the Democratic Party wants to be the party of infanticide, it's their choice."
"If Democrats want to win an election, going forward, are you going to be the party of late-term abortion?" she later added.
McCain went on, noting that it seemed Democratic leaders were simply echoing the sentiments of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who said on Monday that it's reasonable to question whether Americans should continue having children in order to save the planet.
McCain, who called Ocasio-Cortez the "leader of the [Democratic] party," concluded, "If you think that is how you win back the White House, I'm here to tell you I've spent a lot of time in red states, I'm from a red state, that is a losing argument."
What did Hostin say?
In an attempt to rebuff McCain's claims, Hostin pointed to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 as a reason she believes Dems blocked Monday's bill.
"I thought that you were pro-life like me?" McCain broke in. "So you think a baby born from a botched abortion should be put down like a dog or a cat?"
Hostin kept her composure and pressed on.
"In terms of the bill that the Senate Dems blocked yesterday, my understanding is that the reason that it was blocked is because the Dems felt there wasn't a need for a new law," Hostin explained. "Under the bill that was proposed, it required that all babies born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital, and that is not always safe for a newborn."
Hostin continued, arguing that Democrats voted "no" because "passing the bill would impose legal and criminal penalties on doctors who don't comply with moving the infant, even if it is not in the best interest of the infant."
Hostin added that this type of scenario in which "this sort of failed abortion happens" is "truly rare," and noted that doctors were still required to provide care to the infant.
"This is not a new law," Hostin insisted. "It's already required to provide medical care to infants born alive. This bill also required that all babies born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital, which, my understanding is, it's not always safe for a newborn. And passing this bill would impose legal and criminal penalties on doctors who won't comply with that."
Later, a very visibly upset McCain concluded, "If the Democratic Party wants to be the party of infanticide, that is their choice."
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