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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to high-ranking Catholic criticism of an abortion rights bill by stating that she came from a "pro-life" family but has different views.
“I’m Catholic. I come from a pro-life family — not active in that regard. Different in their view of a woman's right to choose than I am,” Pelosi said in a press conference Thursday.
“In my right to choose, I had five children in six years and one week,” Pelosi continued.
Pelosi was responding to a question about the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the archbishop of San Francisco, which cover Pelosi’s district, criticizing the Women’s Health Protection Act that the House is set to consider on Friday, which would essentially codify into law abortion rights guaranteed by the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
The archbishop called the bill “nothing short of child sacrifice” and called on Catholics to fast and pray in response to the bill coming for a vote.
“It's none of our business how other people choose the size and timing of their families,” Pelosi said. “The archbishop of the city, that area of San Francisco, and I have a disagreement about who should decide this. I believe that God has given us free will to honor our responsibilities.”
Earlier this year, Pelosi declined to answer whether she thought "an unborn baby at 15 weeks is a human being" and instead stated that she is a mother and a "big supporter of Roe v. Wade."
The Women’s Health Protection Act would prohibit states from implementing many kinds of requirements or restrictions that abortion advocates argue infringe on reproductive rights.
Pelosi decided to bring up the bill for a vote in response to a restrictive Texas abortion law the Supreme Court declined to block from going into effect last month. The Texas bill bans abortion procedures if medical workers have "detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child," but it provides exemptions related to medical emergencies. It also allows individuals to file civil lawsuits against anyone who provides abortions or "aids or abets" abortions after a heartbeat is detected.
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Original Author: Emily Brooks