Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Catholic Conscience

Every now and then, former House Speaker and fervent liberal Democrat Nancy Pelosi steps in it. And the media usually give it a pass.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin and the folks at Hot Air for catching a rather breathtaking statement on abortion and Catholics by Ms. Pelosi — herself a Catholic who supposedly loves her faith. Here's the whole article if you want to read it. And below is the pertinent clip:

Given the Catholic Church’s ban on contraception, the bishops’ position shouldn’t come as a surprise to Ms. Pelosi — but she still manages to be baffled by the their concern for conscience protections for health insurers who might not want to have to cover birth control just to be able to provide other types of health insurance.

Similarly, she was skeptical earlier this year that Republicans would fight for conscience protections for health care providers out of any noble motive. Republicans must want women to “die on the floor,” she said, just because they don’t want to compel health care providers to assist with abortions.

She still thinks that — only more so, if that could possibly be.

“[Those who disagree] may not like the language,’’ she told The Washington Post, “but the truth is what I said. I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it ... but they have this conscience thing [that puts women at risk.]”

Shame on us! How dare we have a conscience!

Remarkable, isn't it? A "devout" Catholic who "honors and loves" her faith, yet blasts it because she finds its moral teachings on a social issue politically inconvenient. And this hysterical phrase about women "dying on the floor" is demagoguery at its worst.

I really hope Nancy gets politically clobbered on this one. As a matter of fact, the Pope should excommunicate her and teach her a lesson.

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