Joy Behar talks about a health scare she says she experienced 43 years ago that still fuels her passion for reproductive rights.
On Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” Behar and co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sunny Hostin discussed the Supreme Court’s June decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated the federal right to abortion.
This week, abortion rights advocates scored a surprise victory when voters in Kansas, a Republican stronghold, overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that would have removed abortion protections from their state’s constitution. State.
During the chat, Behar told her co-hosts that she “nearly died” of an ectopic pregnancy in 1979, about nine years after giving birth to a daughter, Eve.
“They rushed me to the hospital,” Behar said. “The doctor the next day said ‘We almost lost you.’ Because I was in the situation where I could go to Beth Israel Hospital, and they took care of it there.
Watch a clip from Wednesday’s episode of “The View” below.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg develops outside the uterus, often in a fallopian tube. The embryo cannot survive and the growing tissue can cause life-threatening internal bleeding if left untreated.
On Wednesday, Behar clarified to guest co-host Hasselback that she did not have an abortion or miscarriage.
“There’s nowhere to go from this,” she said. “You cannot deliver from your fallopian tube. And the fetus will not grow. It is only growing, but not in the end.
Behar joins a growing list of celebrities, including ‘The Hills’ star Lauren Conrad and Grammy-winning musician Amanda Shires, who have shared their experiences with ectopic pregnancies as part of the June ruling of the Supreme Court.
Elsewhere in the chat, Behar addressed lawmakers who oppose abortion rights, like Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate in the Georgia Senate race.
“What are these people thinking when they talk about the health of the mother? she says. “People like that cannot hold positions of power.”
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