House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) responded Tuesday to Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone’s statement that she is barred from receiving Communion because of her support for the right to ‘abortion.
“What’s so sad about this…what’s important for women and families to know is that it’s not just about terminating a pregnancy,” Pelosi said on MSNBC. “These same people are against contraception, family planning, in vitro fertilization. It’s a cover. And they use abortion as a mouthpiece, as they try to undo so many things.
Pelosi noted that while the church opposes the death penalty (a position she herself shares), it “takes no action against people who may not share its views” on that question.
“So we just have to pray, we have to be respectful,” Pelosi said, noting that she comes from an Italian-American family and has parents who oppose abortion rights. Pelosi said she can “respect people’s opinions on this, but I don’t respect that we’re forcing it on others.”
Pelosi had recently slammed the draft notice disclosed it showed that the Supreme Court was prepared to end the historic precedent of Roe v. Wade, who since 1973 has been protecting the right to abortion nationwide.
“Our Archbishop has also been adamant in opposing LGBTQ rights,” Pelosi said Tuesday. “This decision which brings us to privacy and precedent is very dangerous in the lives of so many Americans.”