House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Democrats’ current effort to overturn the Hyde Amendment — which bars federal dollars from being used for most abortions — and invoked her own Catholic faith in the process.
The Catholic Church strongly opposes abortion, but Pelosi, who called the matter “a health issue for many women in America”, said it is not up to them to tell other people what they can or should do. No.
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“As a devout Catholic and the mother of five children in six years, I feel that God has blessed my husband and I with our beautiful family – five children in about six years. But that may not be what we need.” should do – and it’s not up to me to instruct other people what to do, and this is an issue of fairness and justice for poor women in our country.”
For years, President Biden – also Catholic – supported the Hyde Amendment with the argument that religious Americans should not pay for procedures they originally opposed. He reversed his position during his campaign, drawing strong criticism from the American Conference of Catholic Bishops upon his inauguration.
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“Let me point out that our new President has promised to pursue certain policies that will advance moral evils and endanger human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage and gender, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the organization’s president, said. “Deepest concern is the freedom of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their conscience.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said earlier this month that Biden’s new opposition to the Hyde amendment is “yet another way in which the administration has sold itself as liberal and unified” but “Now the spiral is way, way left.”
LBL’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.