On Thursday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, championing the Democratic Party’s efforts to address climate change, tweeted a message which was staggering in its hypocrisy, blathering, “We have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for generations to come. That is why today, we named members to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. #ActOnClimate.”
So Pelosi feels that “we have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for generations to come?” Just which generations is she talking about? Surely it can’t be the generations yet to come who will be snuffed out by her own party’s embrace of aborting them. What is Pelosi’s position an abortion?
It’s not hard to find:
November 13, 2015:
For over forty years, the Supreme Court has consistently ruled that a woman's health decisions must be her own, in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith. I am pleased the Supreme Court will be hearing the challenge to Texas politicians' appalling attempt to deny women their constitutional right to make their own reproductive health decisions.
January 22, 2016, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
For the more than 40 years since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has consistently ruled that a woman's reproductive health decisions must be her own -- in consultation with her family, her physician and her faith. Yet today, American women are witnessing a brazen and concerted Republican effort to roll back their constitutional right to make their own health decisions.
Politicians have no business inserting themselves into a woman's most personal and private health decisions. Republicans' outrageous attacks on women's health in the states, the courts and the Congress seek to drag America's women back to a dark and dangerous past. Already, women in many states across the country are finding their most intimate decisions under assault -- including Republicans' efforts to roll back access to any kind of family planning.
In 2012, the chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life and doctrine committees slammed Pelosi, saying she “misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church on abortion” when she stated on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that church leaders for centuries had no consensus as to when life began.
Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., fired back that the church since the first century “has affirmed the moral evil of every abortion … The teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law … While in canon law these theories led to a distinction in penalties between very early and later abortions, the church’s moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development… In keeping with this modern understanding, the church teaches that from the time of conception (fertilization), each member of the human species must be given the full respect due to a human person, beginning with the respect for the fundamental right to life.”
Last week, Pelosi was asked about Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s comments in which he allowed that he would be okay with a mother letting her child die after its birth. She evaded asking the question. She was asked, “There are pro-life Democrats in your group. Considering the comments from Governor Northam yesterday, how does that make it harder for pro-life Democrats in the party? Does that cause problems?”
Pelosi said, “I’m sorry, I just don’t know what he said yesterday,” then quickly turned to another questioner, saying, “Are you going to ask the same question or is it the same old, same old?”