House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s religious leader has called her out over her stance on abortion legislation saying that she is not the “devout Catholic” she has claimed to be, according to Fox News.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone told Catholic News Agency on Thursday that “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?” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone told Catholic News Agency on Thursday. “What about giving poor women real choice, so they are supported in choosing life?”
The archbishop’s comments were in response to Pelosi’s support of eliminating the Hyde Amendment which is a legislative provision banning the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except in cases where it is done to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape.
The Archbishop continued his diatribe against his high profile partitioner saying, “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,” he added. To them, I say: you are the ones worthy to call yourselves ‘devout Catholics’!”
Cordileone continued, “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.”
Pelosi’s stance made headlines after she came out publicly saying that she hoped to eliminate the federal policy that has been in place since 1976 when it first kept Medicaid from funding the termination of unwanted pregnancies.
The House Speaker, who often refers to herself as a person of faith, claims to be a dedicated member of the Catholic Church, who have made their opinion on abortion abundantly clear, supporting the rights of the unborn.
Pelosi, however, defended her advocacy for ending unborn lives saying that while a “devout Catholic” she believes it’s unfair to tell other people what to do.
“As a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family – five children in six years almost to the day,” Pelosi said this week.
“But that may not be what we should – and it’s not up to me to dictate that that’s what other people should do, and it’s an issue of fairness and justice for poorer women in our country.”