Nancy Pelosi, Late-Term Abortion, & ‘Sacred Ground’

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

As Ramesh notes, during a press conference today, Nancy Pelosi got annoyed at a male reporter for bringing up Kermit Gosnell and asking her about late-term abortion. 

Calling what happened in Gosnell’s clinic “reprehensible,” she took the I’m-a-mother-and-you’re-a-man approach (which is just another version of an approach seen on MSNBC last night), adding: “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this.”

She added: “This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.” 

It’s unclear what exactly in the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church would lead her to believe that law protecting innocent human life wouldn’t be a priority of a “practicing and respectful Catholic.” 

In the evasion, it’s hard not to interpret her introduction of religion into the backlash against a simple question as an attempt to use religion as cover. It certainly wouldn’t be a first

Additionally, it’s unclear what exactly was reprehensible about what happened in Gosnell’s clinic, in Pelosi’s estimation. Was it that an adult woman died? Because Nancy Pelosi probably passes prettier clinics — perhaps the one next to a George Washington University dorm – that are okay with that whole born-alive approach to abortion-completion.

It’s also entirely unclear what this “sacred ground” she speaks of is. Human life is; shutting a man down for asking an honest question is nothing but a contribution to our continued collective looking away. Would she agree with Leroy Carhart in sacramentalizing abortion — even in its latest stages – itself? 

Thanks to John McCormack for asking and for flagging. He is another one of those blessed men (thank you, too, Ramesh, author of an excellent book on the topic, which remains a resource) who care about women and children.

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