House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called herself a “very Catholic person” and defended abortion after being pressed about recent attacks on churches and crisis pregnancy centers.
The moment unfolded Thursday when a reporter asked Pelosi during her daily press conference about the string of vandalisms as well as Republican criticism of some Democrats’ rhetoric and subsequent silence.
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“There has been a number of attacks on churches, on crisis pregnancy centers,” a reporter said. “Republicans are going after Democrats for not saying anything, and they’re saying that your rhetoric is contributing to these attacks.”
Pelosi interrupted, but rather than address the attacks impacting pro-life organizations, she took time to defend abortion rights.
“Well, let me just say this: a woman has a right to choose. To live up to her responsibility it’s up to her, her doctor, her family, her husband, her significant other, and her God,” she said. “This talk of politicizing all of this, I think, is something uniquely American and not right. Other countries, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, have had legislative initiatives to expand a woman’s right to choose. Very Catholic countries.”
Pelosi continued, “I’m a very Catholic person, and I believe in every woman’s right to make her own decisions.”
Watch Pelosi’s remarks:
Pelosi is pressed on whether Democrat rhetoric is fueling attacks on crisis pregnancy centers.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 16, 2022
She refuses to condemn attacks – and says “politicizing all of this is uniquely American.”
(That’s because the rest of the civilized world has more sensible abortion laws than ours.) pic.twitter.com/i0BCJnX4Zt
The House speaker then closed down the abortion conversation, saying she didn’t plan to speak further on the subject.
“Any other questions on another subject?” she asked. “I’m not going to be talking about that anymore.”
As Faithwire previously reported, Pelosi’s abortion stance has made waves among some Catholic leaders. San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has banned her from taking communion due to the “grave evil she is perpetrating” on the abortion front.
Numerous churches and pro-life clinics have been attacked and harassed since a draft Supreme Court opinion in the pending Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked. The impending ruling could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Some pro-choice activists have angrily responded to these prospects. The Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center in Oregon is among the affected clinics.
The building was lit ablaze June 11 by unknown vandals after an incendiary was thrown through one of the clinic’s windows. At least one room at the center is destroyed, with water and smoke damage likely throughout. Read more about that story here.
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