House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she and San Francisco’s archbishop “have a disagreement about who should decide this,” when a reporter asked her to react to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s declaration that her abortion bill constitutes “child sacrifice.”
“This proposed legislation is nothing short of child sacrifice,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in a Tuesday statement regarding the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755).
The reporter asked her to respond, given that she professes to be a Catholic:
“I wanted to ask you about the Women's Healthcare Protection Act. The archdiocese of San Francisco and the archbishop of San Francisco warns that the bill is nothing more than a child sacrifice and he calls on Catholics to fast and pray to beat this bill. You're Catholic. Your reaction.”
Pelosi replied that “it’s none of our business” to tell others they can’t have abortions, that no one has the right to talk about the issue unless they’ve given birth – and that she and Archbishop Cordileone disagree about who should decide whether or not an unborn child is aborted:
“Yeah, I'm Catholic. I come from a pro-life family, not active in that regard, different in their view of a woman's right to choose than I am. In my right to choose, I have five children in six years and one week, and I keep saying to people who say things like that: when you have five children in six years and one day, we can talk about what business is any of us to tell anyone else to do. For us, it was a complete and total blessing, which we enjoy every day of our lives.
“But, it's none of our business how other people choose the size and timing of their families. My -- the -- my -- the archbishop of the city of that area of San Francisco and I have a disagreement about who should decide this. I believe that God has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities.”
Pelosi's bill “is surely the type of legislation one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic,” Cordileone said Tuesday.
The archbishop called it “especially shameful that any self-professed Catholic would be implicated in such an evil, let alone advocate for it.”