Jane Fonda has dismissed outrage on The View about anti-abortion protesters.
The actress and host of the popular daytime talk show recently faced criticism after anti-abortion protesters stormed the set of the show during a taping. The protesters were protesting a segment which included an interview with an abortion provider.
Fonda defended herself and the show, saying that she was simply trying to provide a platform for “all sides” of the abortion debate.
“I understand why some people were upset,” Fonda said on Wednesday’s episode of The View. “But what I was trying to do was to provide a platform for all sides to be heard.”
She went on to explain that the show had scheduled a group of anti-abortion activists to appear on the show, but they had backed out.
“We tried to get them on the show, but they said they didn’t want to come on,” Fonda said. “So we decided to have the abortion provider on and have him talk about why he does what he does.”
Fonda also noted that the protesters were not allowed on the set.
“We didn’t invite them in,” she said. “We had security guards who made sure they stayed outside.”
The protesters were eventually escorted away by security.
Fonda’s comments come as the show has faced criticism from both sides of the abortion debate. Many anti-abortion activists have accused the show of providing a platform for pro-abortion advocates. Meanwhile, some pro-abortion activists have accused the show of not doing enough to speak out against the anti-abortion movement.
Despite the criticism, Fonda said she will continue to provide a platform for all sides to be heard.
“I believe that it’s important to hear all sides of the issue,” she said. “I believe that’s the only way we can find common ground and move forward.”