While Hasselbeck was on “The View,” she noted when they debated the topic of life she never had the blessing of seeing eye to eye with her co-hosts on this topic—not one time.
“As I look at you today I’m thankful that we see eye to eye because of the value of this topic,” Hasselbeck said. “We’re teaming up today with this lifesaving mission that is effective and excellent because it produces results for life.”
Hasselbeck shared an embarrassing moment from a White House visit to make a point.
While only in their twenties, she and husband Tim Hasselbeck (NFL quarterback at the time) were invited to a White House dinner during the George W. Bush era. Elisabeth said she was totally out of her comfort zone, especially since the Queen of England and Prince Philip were there. Prince Charles was even at her table—along with Condoleezza Rice and Gov. Jeb Bush. Having Celiac Disease, she couldn’t eat most of the food, so when a beautiful bowl was presented filled with liquid, she started to put it to her mouth. Before she could take a drink, Gov. Bush leaned in and said, “You might not want to drink that. It’s for your hands.”
“I almost drank the fancy Purell!” Hasselbeck told approximately 600 people gathered at the Overland Park Convention Center. “My point is that Gov. Bush gave me information so that I could choose my next step. This story highlights the first of three ways Vitae, you and I are working together to speak life and save lives. Leaning in is the first step in difference making.”
The former Emmy-winning cohost of “The View” said that leaning in is a lot like going into those uncomfortable situations and conversations with life-saving research-based information.
It’s conversation, not condemnation. Leaning in looks a lot like love.
“Leaning in looks a lot like being here with Vitae and making a promise to one another to stay the course,” Hasselbeck stated. “With researched information, I could handle the situation (on “The View”) because I was armed with statistics. That was a game changer for me.”
When the topic of late-term abortion came up one day on “The View,” Hasselbeck remembered a specific co-host saying, “Well, only a small percentage of life would be affected.” In that moment the lone conservative voice could lean in with research and reach out with results in that conversation. “I could speak the actual number of lives that would be terminated and tell those million viewers that every one of those heartbeats mattered,” the former “View” co-host stated.
The former “Fox & Friends” co-host warned that no one ever said that leaning in was easy or comfortable. That led her to her second element: Holding one another up. She noted the Old Testament story of Moses, about him standing above the Israelites who were fighting. He held his hands up and prayed for them. They would win when his arms were up. As his hands got tired, they would begin losing their footing in their battle. His friends, Aaron and Hur, noticed this so they would hold Moses’ arms up. At the end of the day the Israelites were victorious.
“In this task that we have before us with Vitae, our arms will get tired at times, too. There’s an enemy that wants to stop us in our tracks, and the minute we get tired and our arms come down, that enemy wants to fill this world with false truth that the lives of the unborn and innocent don’t matter, but they do!” Hasselbeck stated.
The bottom line, according to the Boston College graduate, is the lives of those mothers and innocent babies are counting on all of us. “As we lean in, and we hold each other’s arms up, there’s work to be done. We also need to sling big things, and that’s number three,” Hasselbeck noted.
Recently the Hasselbeck children were given slingshots from a family friend, much to the chagrin of their mother. Let’s face it, slingshots are the pathway to destruction in the eyes of mothers. But there was another lesson to be learned that day. As her children continued to ask for bigger things to sling, her friend said, “We are meant to sling big things.”
“He was right,” the mother of three stated. “Together with Vitae, we can sling bigger things each and every day. You already are. That rock you’ve been slinging for years must continue in getting fact-based information to Pregnancy Help Centers, the media, and women in uncomfortable situations.”
Hasselbeck ended by asking the crowd to envision God holding them, holding the slingshot. “If you don’t stretch the band far enough, your rock doesn’t go very far. This band is like your faith, your contributions, and your conversations. The further you stretch it, the further the rock will go. I hope you feel moved to sling big things with Vitae and expand the hearts of the next generation. You are a room full of powerful people ready to sling big things!” Hasselbeck encouraged.
She noted the world needs fact-based, research-based information on this matter. “Holding up the arms of one another, holding up the lives of women and their unborn children right now, they are counting on us to sling big things for them,” Hasselbeck concluded.