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With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, Sunny Hostin spoke out in support of abortion rights advocates who spent the weekend protesting outside the homes of conservative Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Samuel Alito.
"Over the weekend I was watching a lot of the protests that were happening outside some of the Justice's homes. My understanding is that Justice Alito has had to go into hiding because of this draft opinion that was leaked," Hostin said Monday morning on The View. "And while I think it's terrible that a justice would have to go into hiding, I think it's really clear to the Justices now that, as Ana [Navarro] mentioned, 64 to 66% of Americans believe that the Supreme Court should uphold Roe v. Wade. And so that being said, maybe these protests, and maybe this outcry, gives Chief Justice Roberts some leverage for a more moderate approach. Because we saw during the hearing that he was looking for a way, a moderate way, to handle this case."
Hostin went on to criticize Justice Clarence Thomas for dismissing the public response to the leaked draft opinion indicating that the Supreme Court will curtail abortion rights. "We can't be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want," Thomas said on Friday. "The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that."
"Other Justices are saying, 'You have no right to stand and freely protest — peacefully protest outside of our homes. We have a right to privacy,'" she said. "Well, women have a right to privacy as well. And women have a right to privacy with their bodies."
"I'm just shocked that that's what we're hearing from men, that's what we're hearing from the Justices, that's what we're hearing from Republicans," Hostin continued, "That people don't have a right to protest this draft opinion when the Supreme Court has found that you have a right to protest in front of abortion clinics, that there can be no buffer zone. The hypocrisy is incredible."
Elsewhere on The View... Sara Haines earned a round of applause from the audience when she asked how conservatives plan to punish men for their role in unwanted pregnancies. "How are we going to indict the men? Because every abortion starts with a male orgasm," she said. "We know since the beginning of time that many women are pressured into this due to men, as well."
"Are we talking aiding and abetting? Are we talking accessory? Like what are we talking?" added Haines. "Because if the women are going to go down, the men who did this to them are going down, too."
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.