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Two of the top Democratic Party heads – Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – claim that advocating for abortion does not mean that a person is abandoning their religious faith.
On Friday afternoon at the Dulles Airport in Virginia, Harris was asked what the Biden administration would do if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Harris said she has been “convening folks around many sectors of just who we are as a society,” including constitutional scholars and faith leaders.
Vice President Harris opined, “And, you know, for those of us of faith, I think that we — we agree, many of us, that there’s nothing about this issue that will require anyone to abandon their faith or change their faith.”
“It’s simply saying that the government should not have the ability to decide what an individual does with her own body,” Harris argued. “Let her make that decision with her pastor or her rabbi or whoever she consults. But it should not be the government making that decision.”
Harris made the claim that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, then it opens the door for contraception and same-sex marriage to be possibly banned.
“We’re very concerned about what a degradation of the right to privacy will mean, beyond the right to have access to an abortion,” she stated.
Similarly, Pelosi (D-Calif.) alleged that being a proponent of abortion does not make her less of a Catholic believer.
Last month, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone announced that he had prohibited Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco because of her increasingly “extreme” advocacy of abortion.
Pelosi attempted to defend her position during an MSNBC appearance.
“This is not just about terminating a pregnancy,” Pelosi stated. “So these same people are against contraception, family planning, in vitro fertilization — it’s a blanket thing, and they use abortion as the frontman for it while they try to undo so much.”
On Thursday, Pelosi tried to rationalize her being a pro-abortion Catholic.
During her weekly press conference, Pelosi was asked by a member of the press if she agrees with the late Pope John Paul II and current Pope Francis that the Catholic Church considers abortion murder.
“What I agree on is that whatever I believe, agree with the pope on, is not necessarily what public policy should be in the United States as people make their own judgments, honor their own responsibilities, and attend to the needs of their families,” Pelosi replied.
“Let me just say this, a woman has the right to choose, to live up to her responsibility,” Pelosi continued. “It’s up to her, her doctor, her family, her husband, her significant other, and her God.”
Pelosi asserted that “politicizing” abortion is “something uniquely American and not in other countries.”
“Ireland, Italy, Mexico has had legislative initiatives to expand a woman’s right to choose — very Catholic countries,” she said.
Pelosi then defended her religious faith by saying, “I’m a very Catholic person, and I believe in every woman’s right to make her own decisions.”
On his Inauguration Day, Biden was denounced by José Horacio Gomez – the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – for his pro-abortion stance.
“Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family,” Gomez declared. “It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.”
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