Pelosi silent on pro-abortion attacks: ‘I’m very Catholic and I support abortion’
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 16, 2022 / 12:42 pm
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday again invoked her Catholic faith while asserting her pro-abortion stance, but she remained silent on mounting attacks targeting Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers.
“I’m a very Catholic person and I believe in every woman’s right to make her own decisions,” the Democrat from California said during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
The Catholic Church considers abortion — the destruction of a human person — a grave evil.
“What I agree on is that whatever I believe, agree with the popes on, is not necessarily what public policy should be in the United States as people make their own judgments, honor their own responsibilities, and tend to the needs of their families,” she responded.
Pelosi’s comments came after she was asked, among other things, about Republican claims that Democrats have remained silent about recent attacks by pro-abortion activists targeting churches and pro-life pregnancy centers as the Supreme Court prepares to decide a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973.
In response to the attacks, several Republican senators and congressmen have called on Department of Justice to take action. More than 100 U.S. House members supported an investigation into “these acts of domestic terrorism” in a June 15 letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. Sixteen senators sent a June 7 letter to Garland. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri sent a June 14 letter and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida sent a June 15 letter to Garland. SBA Pro-Life America and CatholicVote, along with other pro-life and political organizations, also sent Garland a letter demanding action.
In her response, Pelosi said nothing about the attacks.
“A woman has a right to choose, to live up to her responsibility,” Pelosi began. “It’s up to her, her doctor, her family, her husband, her significant other, and her god.” You can hear her remarks in the video below beginning at the 18:00 mark.
She called “talk of politicizing all of this” “something uniquely American and not right.”
Pelosi also noted that “very Catholic countries” such as Ireland, Italy, and Mexico have had legislative initiatives “to expand a woman’s right to choose.”
Over the years, Pelosi has defended abortion multiple times while citing her Catholic faith. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone announced on May 20 that Pelosi may no longer receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Several other archbishops and bishops followed his lead.