By Dave Andrusko
Kudos and thank yous are extended again to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the leading Catholic official in pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home district, for calling Pelosi to account.
Speaker Pelosi (D-Ca.) “stated her support for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion, ‘because it’s an issue of health for many women in America,’ and she also emphasized her Catholic faith,” John Lavenburg explained. At her weekly press conference last Thursday, Pelosi said paying for abortions is “an issue of fairness and justice for poor women in our country,” adding “And it is something that has been a priority for many of us for a long time.”
Archbishop Cordileone rebuked her position in so uncertain terms:
Let me repeat: no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life, let alone have the government pay for it. The right to life is a fundamental – the most fundamental – human right, and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights. To use the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women is the epitome of hypocrisy: what about the health of the baby being killed? What about giving poor women real choice, so they are supported in choosing life? This would give them fairness and equality to women of means, who can afford to bring a child into the world. It is people of faith who run pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics; they are the only ones who provide poor women life-giving alternatives to having their babies killed in their wombs. I cannot be prouder of my fellow Catholics who are so prominent in providing this vital service. To them I say: you are the ones worthy to call yourselves “devout Catholics”!
Assigning herself a position as a kind of secular authority on fundamental matters of the Catholic faith (because she is “a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years”) is nothing new for Pelosi, as we’ve discussed on many occasions. But it takes on added significance in light of the relentless push by the anti-life Biden-Harris administration and pro-abortion congressional Democrat leadership to abort the Hyde Amendment.
It is unacceptable to them to continue limiting federal funding of abortion, not in the light of the amendment having already saved over 2 million lives. Were the federal pump again primed, at least an additional 300,000 babies—and probably a great many more—would lose their lives annually.
Pro-abortionists—whose stock and trade is death—know the stakes. As Jennifer Popik, JD, Director of Federal Legislation, has written, “There is abundant empirical evidence that where government funding for abortion is not available under Medicaid or the state equivalent program, at least one-fourth of the Medicaid-eligible women carry their babies to term, who would otherwise procure federally-funded abortions. Some pro-abortion advocacy groups have claimed that the abortion-reduction effect is substantially greater–one-in-three, or even 50 percent.” (emphasis added.)
Again, thank you San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone. As he said in a previous condemnation on January 21
To begin with the obvious: Nancy Pelosi does not speak for the Catholic Church. She speaks as a high-level important government leader, and as a private citizen. And on the question of the equal dignity of human life in the womb, she also speaks in direct contradiction to a fundamental human right that Catholic teaching has consistently championed for 2,000 years.