Rep. Pelosi Calls For Prayer On Contraception Mandate

By Eric Scheiner | February 22, 2012 | 3:23pm EST

( - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a crowd at Texas A&M University to be prayerful on a regulation issued by the Obama administration that would require every health insurer to offer contraceptives, including those that induce abortion, free of charge.

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“The same kind of science that can help us help women with the size and timing of their families is the same type of science that can help with infertility and other health issues that women face. So let’s be prayerful of that and how we go forward on that," Pelosi told a crowd Monday when answering a question about the conflict between the Catholic Church and the Obamacare mandate.

“We all say that abortion should be rare and safe and if necessary and the rest of that. So, why wouldn’t we say that again, a woman’s management of her situation probably would do a lot to prevent going to a place that’s even more controversial in those terms,” Pelosi said.

“It’s very sad and we all have to pray over it, and God – I’d say my mother, I won’t even tell you the conversations that we’ve had on this subject, we have differing views. On the other hand - she taught me that we all have a free will and we are all responsible for the decisions that we make and that free will is a gift of God. “

“My hope is that another gift of God, science, will take us even further away from this discussion which is really - shouldn’t be, I don’t think, a public policy issue, “ Pelosi added.

The Obama administration, as part of its health care overhaul, has ordered most health care plans to provide contraception--including sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs--as part of free, preventive care coverage.

The Catholic Church and leaders from other religious faiths have testified before congress that they will not comply with the Obamacare regulation. They argue it is a violation of religious liberty under the First Amendment – in this case, the federal government forcing individual Catholics to subsidize products and services that are contrary to their religious beliefs.

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