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Pelosi Bristles at Reporter's Pro-Life Question, Actually Cites Her Catholicism in Defense of Abortion

Pelosi Bristles at Reporter's Pro-Life Question, Actually Cites Her Catholicism in Defense of Abortion

“This is sacred ground.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (AP)

The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack tripped up Democrat Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi last week with a question about her 2012 claim that Obamacare would “lower everyone’s rates.”

And it looks like he got her again on Thursday with a question regarding condemned murderer Kermit Gosnell and Rep. Pelosi’s disapproval of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would prohibit abortions during the final four months of pregnancy (with exceptions for when the life of the mother is at risk).

McCormack asked the California Congresswoman how she reconciles her professed disgust for Gosnell with her condemnation of a bill that would prohibit abortionists from terminating the life of a child moments before birth.

The former House Speaker was not at all pleased with his line of questioning.

“You’re probably enjoying that question a lot, I can see you savoring it,” Pelosi said in response. “What was done in Philadelphia was reprehensible and everybody condemned it. For [the drafters of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act] to decide to disrespect a judgment a woman makes about her reproductive health is reprehensible.”

“Next question,” she added.

McCormack wasn’t finished: “So what's the moral difference? I just asked a simple question. … What's the moral difference then between 26 weeks elective abortion and killing of that same infant born alive?”

“This is not the issue. They are saying that there's no abortion. It would make it a federal law that there would be no abortion in our country,” she responded.

As mentioned in the above, the bill doesn’t ban “all abortions.”

“As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this," she added. "This shouldn't have anything to do with politics."

(Side note: There’s absolutely nothing in Catholic doctrine to support Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's hard-line stance on abortion.)

Shortly after Pelosi's "sacred ground" remarks went viral, The Catholic Association released the following statement:

After witnessing firsthand the atrocious human rights abuses taking place inside America's late-term abortion clinics it is amazing that this did not touch Nancy Pelosi's heart.

What we learned from the Gosnell trial and what we understand is going on inside other clinics is not only human rights abuse but it also puts women in harm’s way.

The only difference between the Gosnell "after-birth" abortions and legal late-term abortions is the location of the baby at the time of death.

"And contrary to Pelosi's extreme claim that the Franks bill is "disrespectful" to women, the majority of women are opposed to late-term abortions according to a recent Gallup poll," the statement adds.


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