House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dodged a question about the attacks on crisis pregnancy centers during her Thursday press conference by saying she is “a very Catholic person.”
Crisis-ridden pregnancy centers across the country have been the target of vandalism and, in some cases, arson following a leaked draft notice showing the Supreme Court is set to rule. cancel Roe v. Wade. While Republicans have urged the Justice Department to investigate the bombings as acts of terrorism, the DOJ official who would most likely lead such an investigation has a long history of criticizing pregnancy centers in crisis as ” predators” and “pests”.
Asked about the centers, Pelosi declined to condemn the attacks and turned to her own support for legalized abortion. Pelosi voted in September 2021 for the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would legalize abortion up to the time of birth and eliminate conscience protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to perform abortions.
“Let me say this: a woman has the 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. This talk about the politicization of it all is uniquely American and not fair. Other countries, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, have had legislative initiatives to extend the right to choose women. Very Catholic countries. I am a very Catholic person and I believe in a woman’s right to make her own decisions,” she said.
Pelosi also defended his own support for expansive legalized abortion by saying the Catholic Church should not have a role in determining US law. (RELATED: Here’s the only Democrat who voted against the party’s abortion bill)
“Everything I 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 attend to the needs of their families,” she said in response to another question about whether or not she agrees with Popes John Paul II and Francis that abortion is murder.
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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Pelosi’s home diocese, banned him from receiving communion in the diocese in May after cutting off conversations with him about his support for abortion. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “A person who obtains a complete abortion incurs excommunication…by the very commission of the offence.”
“A Catholic legislator who supports induced abortion, after learning the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of the gravest scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such people “shall not be admitted to Holy Communion,” he wrote in a letter to the priests of the diocese explaining the position.
The Order of Cordileone is binding only in the Diocese of San Francisco. Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC has repeatedly said he will not prevent politicians such as Pelosi and President Joe Biden from receiving Communion, despite their support for legalized abortion.
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