House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) snapped at a reporter yesterday for asking her a question on abortion at her weekly presser.
“Funding for Planned Parenthood — is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?” asked Sam Dorman, a CNS News reporter who was seated in the front row.
“Why don’t you take your ideological questions — I — I don’t have –” Pelosi began.
“If it’s not a human being, what species is it?” the reporter interjected.
“Now listen, I want to say something to you. I don’t know who you are and you’re welcome to be here, freedom of this press. I am a devout practicing Catholic, a mother of five children. When my baby was born, my fifth child, my oldest child was six years old,” Pelosi said.
“I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect, and I do not intend to respond to your questions, which have no basis in what public policy is, that we do here.”
Since Pope Francis visited Capitol Hill last week, Pelosi has been name-dropping the pontiff often except on the issue of abortion.
“House voted to keep Government open; that’s good news, that’s good news. What’s not good news is that 151 Republicans voted to shut down government. 151, shut down Government, 91. Over 60 percent of the Republicans went that way,” she began her press conference. “It’s really very — it’s — so, as we go forward, hoping to be inspired by His Holiness, Pope Francis, who told us to work together for the good of people, to do so with transparency — no, openness was his word, and pragmatism.”
Pelosi told MSNBC after the pope’s address that “we all support the sanctity of life.”
When asked about Pope Francis’ shot at same-sex marriage in his speech — “Fundamental relations are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family” — Pelosi said she showed the pope a photo of her family before the address.
“All 20 of us, my husband and I, our five children, our grandchildren, and he blessed the photo. It was for the 50th anniversary of our marriage. It was so thrilling for me,” she said. “So when he was talking about that, I was really thinking of my on family and the fact that he was in some ways inscrutable. He said what he needed to say.”