House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday in support of federally protected abortions on demand that her views are in line with her “devout Catholic faith” and pro-life advocates don’t believe in “governance.”
Her comments came as she spoke at a Women’s History Month event to discuss the importance of upholding Roe v. Wade. That Supreme Court decision has prohibited states from restricting most abortions before fetal viability since being handed down in 1973.
Pelosi said that having five children in six years is evidence of her Catholic faith, but that does not make it “right for the Supreme Court.” She added that pro-life Americans have a problem with not believing in government protecting the environment or voting rights, but favoring “big-time” government in the bedroom. She said the “problem” applies to a “woman’s right to choose, LGBTQ, whatever it is.”
Because she claimed to be “very Catholic,” she said she “really gets burned up” when anyone tells her that abortion is about religious belief. Claiming that “they” would like to throw her out as a practicing Catholic, she said, “I’m not going.”
Unchanging teaching of Catholic doctrine since the founding of the Church has been that abortion is a moral evil and a grave offense. As a crime against human life, abortion carries the canonical penalty of excommunication from the Church.
Former Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that pro-abortion politicians receiving Communion creates a scandalous impression that Church law is simply optional. He added that Communion is not a right but a gift from God.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said last year that he has spoken with Pelosi about abstaining from receiving Communion at mass because she claims to be a “pro-abortion Catholic.” He said that Pelosi knows that he “stands by Church teaching.”
In recent years, many pro-abortion politicians, including Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), have been allowed to continue receiving Communion.
Biden met last year with Pope Francis, who reportedly said he believed Biden to be a “good Catholic” who should continue receiving Communion.
Modern science has shown that human life begins at the time of conception, with a 2019 University of Chicago survey finding that more than 96 percent of 5,500 biologists agreed. The biologists involved identified overwhelmingly as pro-choice liberal Democrats who were by a majority non-religious.