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Sara Haines Claps Back After Sunny Hostin Claims An Embryo Is A 'Baby' In Tense 'View' Debate

The 'View' cohosts made it clear they were on opposite sides while debating a recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are legally 'children.'

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The View co-hosts Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin clashed over the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that labeled frozen embryos as legally equivalent to "children," with Haines clapping back after Hostin claimed an embryo is a "baby."

"The Alabama Supreme Court's ruling, which allows couples to sue for "wrongful death" in cases of destroyed frozen embryos, has raised significant questions about the legal and ethical implications surrounding reproductive health—and Haines and Hostin made it clear they were on opposite sides of the debate.

You can watch what happened in the video below.

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Haines expressed her focus on "facts" and "science" during the onscreen debate. She highlighted the dangerous implications of the ruling, particularly regarding potential restrictions on infertility treatments.

Haines pointed out that the show's hosts had previously “talked about how egregious a six-week ban was" and noted that “a fertilized embryo is three to five days old," adding:

"It is not alive outside of a uterus. It has no organs, it is not a life yet, it is not viable till it’s 24 weeks."

Hostin, on the other hand, argued from a personal and moral standpoint, stating that 50% of Americans believe a human embryo is a baby, including herself. She invoked her own experience with in vitro fertilization and stressed the emotional connection many individuals have to the belief that an embryo constitutes human life.

Haines responded:

"Yeah, but that doesn't mean facts change. An embryo is an embryo until 10 weeks when it becomes a fetus. A fetus is not viable until it's 24 weeks."
"If we're going to use science, let's use scientific terms, that's what that is."

Their exchange quickly went viral on X, formerly Twitter.

Many praised Haines' response while pointing out the flaws in Hostin's logic.

Following the Alabama Supreme Court's decision, the University of Alabama at Birmingham health system took a significant step by pausing its Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility services. Concerns about potential criminal prosecution and punitive damages have led to the suspension of IVF treatments in various Alabama fertility clinics.

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker has contended that America was explicitly established as a Christian nation and lamented the perceived loss of government control by conservative Christians.

Parker said, “God created government, and the fact that we have let it go into the possession of others, it’s heartbreaking." His remarks came after he issued a concurring opinion in the case where he and fellow justices ruled that frozen embryos possess the same rights as living children under Alabama's Wrongful Death of a Minor Act.