Nancy Pelosi: Republicans ‘dishonoring God’ by trying to defund Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Republicans in Congress are dishonoring God by working to undo Obamacare and they should check their consciences, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this week.
The California Democrat invoked faith and sought the moral high ground in a rambling critique of GOP efforts to replace the former president’s signature healthcare takeover.
She also equated the unpopular and failing law to “God’s creation,” saying that to minister to its needs was “an act of worship.”
“It would be shameful,” she said of replacing Obamacare.
"And I know my colleagues are people of faith," Pelosi said. "They tell us that all the time."
"So this is God's creation, we have a moral responsibility to it," she went on. "To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us."
Pelosi started to say again that Republicans were dishonoring God but then opted for claiming they were “ignoring those needs” of God’s creation.
The Senate is expected to vote soon on an Obamacare replacement bill. The pro-life movement hopes the legislation will retain provisions redirecting Planned Parenthood’s millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies to community health centers. The House version passed in May.
Pelosi put forth some rhetoric on togetherness and challenged Republicans to read the healthcare bill and do “what is right.”
"So from our faith, from our responsibility and community in our country to acknowledging that we are all one family in our country, it is very important that our colleagues not only read the bill but examine their consciences and look into their hearts, and maybe look into the eyes of these families, and maybe make a decision in favor of what is right," she said.
Pelosi famously stated in 2010 before the dawn of Obamacare, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."
The healthcare takeover has resulted in numerous high-profile lawsuits brought by religious and other employers objecting to its mandate for subsidizing abortion, contraception, and abortifacients. It has also spawned widespread flight by insurance companies from its exchanges, and endless stories of skyrocketing premiums and Americans losing health coverage continually make the news.
Earlier this month, Pelosi said President Trump was turning his back on children and dishonoring God by withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.
The president had reasoned the Paris accord was bad economically for the United States, and pro-life and family groups decried its language crafted to promote abortion and contraception.
“The Bible tells us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship,” Pelosi said in early June. “To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us, and that is just what we’re doing by walking away from the accord.”
She claimed on inauguration day that Republicans dishonored God as well, also busting on everyday Americans who supported Trump.
“They pray in church on Sunday and then prey on people the rest of the week,” she stated. “And while we’re doing the Lord’s work by ministering to the needs of God’s creation, they are ignoring those needs, which is to dishonor the God who made them.”
A distinct history of support for abortion
Pelosi has a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. She has made numerous statements supporting abortion and Planned Parenthood and otherwise conflicting with Church teaching.
Last January, she tried to say she was “with” the Catholic Church on abortion.
A CNSNews reporter asked Pelosi at a press briefing shortly after her Paris Climate Accord comments this month whether it dishonored God to abort a baby with a beating heart.
She declined to answer, saying instead, “What I say is: I completely respect a woman’s right to choose. I am a mother of five children, nine grandchildren,” then going on to state she came from a very strong Catholic family.
Pelosi said last year that Congress should approve Planned Parenthood funding in an anti-Zika aid bill because of her purported love for babies, stating, “You know how I am about babies, and this is about babies.”
In 2015, she repeatedly refused to answer the question of whether a 20-week-old child in the womb was human.
Instead, she again put on her Catholicism, saying that as “a Catholic and a mom of five” she has “great standing” on the issue, more than most of her colleagues, and even the pope.
Later that year, she demurred to a question in reference to Planned Parenthood funding asking whether an unborn baby was human, stating in part she was “a devout, practicing Catholic, a mother of five children,” who were all close in age.
“I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect,” she told the reporter, still refusing to answer.
In 2013, asked about a late-term abortion ban before Congress crafted in response to notorious late-abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell, Pelosi said that what Gosnell did was "reprehensible," but then said the proposed bill was also "reprehensible."
"As a practicing and respectful Catholic,” she stated at the time, “this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this."
When the proposed Protect Life Act was before the House in 2011, Pelosi criticized the bill that endeavored to stop abortion funding and strengthen conscience rights on abortion.
She said Republicans in support of the right not to perform abortions would let women die on the floor.
“I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it,” stated Pelosi, but they have this conscience thing [about abortion].”
In a 2008 interview, she had expressed support for contraception and tried to deny that the Catholic Church opposes abortion.