July 22, 2008
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke on abstinence programs at the uber-liberal "Netroots Nation" blogger conference (formerly called "YearlyKos"). The Speaker accused abstinence-only programs as being "dangerous" to America's youth and that the only solution is to elect more pro-choice politicians. She went on to criticize the proposed regulations on conscience protections as also being "dangerous" and that if "you don't like abortion you should love contraception." She goes onto say she is speaking as both a mother of five and a "devout Catholic," despite her beliefs on both abortion and contraception running counter to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This Friday marks the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical on human life, Humanae Vitae, which upholds the Catholic Church's long-standing prohibition on artificial contraception. As a politician Rep. Pelosi has every right to disagree with her Church's teachings on abortion and contraception (and in the case of criticizing the proposed HHS regulations she is directly opposing the Catholic Church as this letter from the USCCB shows), just as doctors, nurses and pharmacists should have every right to live by their respective church teachings and not be forced to perform abortions or distribute drugs that would violate their beliefs. America does not need more pro-choice politicians - but more politicians that believe people should be able to make choices of conscience without fear of retribution.
Hat Tip: Friend on the Hill