Speaking at a June 13 press conference, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) condemned legislation designed to prohibit abortions during the final four months of pregnancy with exceptions for the physical health of the mother. When she was asked what moral difference is there between the infanticide at the hand of Dr. Kermit Gosnell of Pennsylvania, who killed babies born alive, and terminating the lives of those same infants even moments before birth, Pelosi refused to answer.
Said Pelosi, "As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this" adding "This shouldn't have anything to do with politics."
Observers noted that she erroneously claimed that the bill, which passed out of committee on June 12, would actually ban all abortions. The bill would actually prohibit abortion only during the final four months of pregnancy, with exceptions for the life and physical health of the mother. "They would make it a federal law that there would be no abortion in our country," Pelosi claimed.
According to the Gallup polls, majorities of Americans believe abortions should be generally illegal during the second- and third-trimester of pregnancy. This is also the case in several European countries.
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