House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA), a Roman Catholic, suggested recently that the new Republican health care bill does dishonor to God by eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood, which receives millions of dollars annually in government subsidies, ostensibly for women's health care. Pelosi said, "I think defunding Planned Parenthood disrespects every woman in this country, disrespects her judgment to make her own decision about the size and timing of her family, with herself, her doctor, her God, her family."
At a June 29 press conference, Pelosi said "I think we have to respect the dignity and worth of every person and their ability to make decisions to answer for their behavior," Pelosi said.
March for Life president Jeanne Mancini responded, saying that "there is no dignity in single-handedly silencing over 320,000 unborn voices without their consent," according to CNSNews. "The foundation of the pro-life movement rests on the belief that every life is a gift and that every person has inherent dignity from the moment they are conceived," Mancini said. "For Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to suggest that defunding Planned Parenthood, our nation's largest abortion provider, adheres to these values is simply abhorrent."
"There is no dignity in single-handedly silencing over 320,000 unborn voices without their consent, nor respect for human life in trafficking the hearts, lungs, and livers of the innocent for profit," Mancini said. "Instead, we should respect the consensus of the American people who do not want their tax dollars funding abortion, and restore their ability to decide how the government represents them."
Mancini referenced an opinion poll that found that 6.1 in 10 Americans oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions.
Planned Parenthood claimed in its latest annual report that it committed 328,348 abortions, and received $554.6 million in "government health services reimbursements and grants": money from taxpayers.