In response to the wave of abortion restrictions that has passed in many state legislatures this year, and the House’s approval of a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said pro-life Republicans need a lesson on “the birds and the bees.”
According to The Hill, Pelosi told MSNBC in an interview that the new abortion restrictions “endangered women’s ability to engage in family planning.”
What is at risk is the discretion of a woman to make judgments about the size and time, timing of her family. It’s respect for the judgment of women about what is good for them, for their families, their health, which is important to their families.
“The reality is that people in our country do practice birth control and use contraception,” Pelosi added. “I don’t know if my colleagues need a lesson on the birds and the bees. I really don’t get it.”
Though she claims to be a Catholic and a lawmaker concerned about women receiving a high level of “reproductive healthcare,” Pelosi bemoaned the fact that new state laws requiring abortion clinics to meet the same health standards as other ambulatory surgery centers could result in the closure of some abortion clinics.
“This is women’s health, reproductive part of us is part of our health, and–and, especially young women,” Pelosi said.
In an email statement to Breitbart News, Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association, said:
Pelosi does not in any way represent the Catholic Church’s view on abortion, and she does not even represent the desires of the majority of American women who want to see the brutal practice of late-term abortion banned.
With pro-life legislation in states having reached one of the highest levels of activity this year, feminist leaders are finding themselves having to defend one of the primary planks of the liberal agenda: that an unborn child is the property of a pregnant woman, and that a woman has the right to end her unborn child’s life should she so desire.
A new Rasmussen poll released Thursday found that 44% of likely U.S. voters favor a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, while 41% oppose such a ban. Another 15% of those surveyed were “undecided.”
A poll conducted by the left-leaning Huffington Post last week found that 59% of those surveyed would approve of abortion restrictions at 20 weeks, while 30% would not, roughly a 2:1 ratio. In addition 43% said abortion laws were not strict enough, while only 20% said they were too strict.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, which supports legalized abortion, in only the first three months of 2013, almost half (47%) of all “reproductive health” provisions introduced in state legislatures sought to restrict abortion. In 2012, 43 provisions restricting abortion were enacted in the states, and in 2011, 92 provisions were enacted.
The data demonstrate that the pro-life movement has been especially successful during Barack Obama’s presidency.
Debate over legalized abortion reached a peak this year during the trial of convicted murderer and abortionist Kermit Gosnell who was found guilty of murdering babies born alive during late-term abortions by “snipping” their spinal cords, running an illegal drug operation from his clinic, and causing the death of a patient from a drug overdose. The filthy and unsafe conditions of his abortion clinic went unchecked for decades in the wake of a failure to provide oversight by state officials and abortion industry executives who admitted they did not follow up on reports of unsanitary conditions from patients.