The Catholic Archbishop from San Francisco issued a warning to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slamming her recent support of eliminating the Hyde Amendment which bars federal funding for most abortions. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone seemed to say that Nancy is not the “devout Catholic” she claims she is.
“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,” he said.
“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?” Cordileone said. “What about giving poor women real choice, so they are supported in choosing life?”
“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.”
“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.”
The Hyde Amendment, named for the late Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, was first enacted in 1976, three years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Exceptions were later added to the policy for cases involving rape, incest, or maternal mortality risk.
Since the amendment is not permanent law, it must be attached to individual appropriations bills or it will not take effect.
The U.S. bishops’ conference has called on lawmakers to preserve the Hyde Amendment, and is circulating a petition in support of the pro-life policy which currently has more than 130,000 signatures.
In January, Pelosi said that pro-lifers who voted for former President Donald Trump because of the abortion issue gave her “great grief as a Catholic,” and also defended the use of contraception.
During a podcast with former senator and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Pelosi said that pro-lifers who chose to vote for Trump “were willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.”
In a subsequent statement, the archbishop of San Francisco said that “No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion.”
“Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop,” Archbishop Cordileone said.
Pelosi has long supported legal abortion. In June, she told a reporter that “I am a big supporter of Roe v. Wade. 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.”
In May, Pelosi said she was “pleased” with a Vatican letter to the U.S. bishops which addressed Communion for pro-abortion politicians. She claimed the Vatican instructed the bishops not to be “divisive” on the issue.
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