“Let me just say that I am a big supporter of Roe v. Guadare. I am a mother of five children in six years. I think I have some standing on this issue as to respecting a woman’s right to choose,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said during her weekly press conference Thursday.
The question was in reference to the Supreme Court’s plan to take up a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 settimane. The law was struck down by a federal judge in 2018, and again by the conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2019. Roe v. Guadare, il 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision, legalized abortion prior to viability, or about 24 settimane in una gravidanza.
Pelosi, like President Biden, is faced with the tense dichotomy of being both Catholic and Democrat. The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is a sin, but the Democratic Party firmly embraces a woman’s right to choose.
Pelosi has signaled support for eliminating the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion, and Biden left it out of his proposed budget last month, though the budget is just a framework for Congress to work with.
Pelosi’s hometown bishop suggested in May that lawmakers who support abortion should refrain from Communion.
“Se scopri che non sei disposto o non sei in grado di abbandonare la tua difesa dell'aborto, non dovresti farti avanti per ricevere la Santa Comunione,” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in a pastoral letter.
Pelosi has long supported abortion rights and has faced many questions on whether her views put her at odds with the teachings of the church.
The California Democrat has long given some variation of her answer in Thursday’s press conference. Nel 2015, when faced with a question from CNS News on whether 20 weeks into the gestation period the unborn child constitutes a “human being,” lei ha detto di averlo fatto “ottima reputazione” to speak on the matter “as a mother of five in six years,” and that she knows more about having babies than the pope.