WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In response to a question today from a reporter about a late-term abortion ban that is being proposed in Congress, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that the issue of late-term abortion is "sacred ground" for her.
"As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this," Pelosi said. "This shouldn't have anything to do with politics."
A Weekly Standard reporter had pointed out that the bill was proposed by legislators in response to the horrific case of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was found guilty of murder for "snipping" the spinal cords of three babies born alive.
"They argue that there really isn't much of a moral difference between what someone like Dr. Gosnell did to infants born at 23, 24, 25 weeks into pregnancy, and what can happen [legally] at a clinic down the road in Maryland where a doctor says he'll perform an elective abortions 28 weeks into pregnancy," asked the reporter. "So, the question I have for you is what is the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before birth?"
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Pelosi responded by saying that what Gosnell did was "reprehensible," but then said that the bill is also "reprehensible," suggesting that it shows "disrespect" to "a judgment a woman makes about her reproductive health."
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks based upon evidence that by that age the unborn child can feel the pain of the brutal procedure, which in some cases involves dismemberment while the baby is still alive.
The reporter continued to push Pelosi, asking her what the difference was between a 26 week abortion, and killing the baby after birth.
Pelosi responded that "this is not the issue" and suggested that the proposed bill would say that "there's no abortion in our country."
When the reporter tried once again to get Pelosi to answer the question, she shot back, "I'm not going to have this conversation with you, because you obviously have an agenda. You're not interested in having an answer."
That was when she also made the remark about the issue being "sacred ground."
The Weekly Standard reporter complained: "It was a simple question. You didn't answer."
Pelosi, despite being one of the most pro-abortion legislators in Congress, has repeatedly said that she is a devout Catholic, and has defended her pro-abortion views in light of her faith.
Pelosi told Newsweek's Eleanor Clift in 2010 that she had "some concerns" about the Catholic Church's positions on abortion and homosexuality.
"I am a practicing Catholic, although they're probably not too happy about that. But it is my faith," said the former Speaker. "I practically mourn this difference of opinion because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that is that we are all endowed with, a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions. And that women should have that opportunity to exercise their free will."
The Congresswoman has been publicly rebuked by numerous Catholic bishops over her position on moral issues.