A week after Pope Francis again referred to abortion as “murder,” akin to “hiring a hitman,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi put forward a bill that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called “the most radical abortion bill of all time.”
Pelosi’s bishop in San Francisco, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, described the bill as “nothing short of child sacrifice.”
The proposed legislation was given a typical Orwellian name: the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021.
The very name was condemned by the bishops. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, denounced the “deceptively-named, extreme bill [that] would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute.” The bill seeks to create a national “statutory right” to abortion, attempting to nationalize all abortion laws. It aims to override countless state-based rules and limitations, such as laws requiring waiting periods, laws requiring ultrasounds before a woman can have an abortion, and limits on late-term abortions.
As Archbishop Cordileone notes, it’s a particularly “heinous” piece of legislation.
Nonetheless, Pelosi threw the whole weight of her party behind it. Introduced by Pelosi’s California colleague, Rep. Judy Chu, it passed the House last Friday on a strict party-line vote, 218-211.
Every Democrat but one voted for it. Not one Republican voted for it.
It was a huge victory for lifetime Catholic Nancy Pelosi. She called it “a very exciting day for some of us in Congress.”
Pelosi celebrated, whereas her bishop most certainly did not.
“Any reasonable person with a basic sense of morality and inkling of decency cannot but shudder in horror at such a heinous evil being codified in law,” said Archbishop Cordileone. He said it was “especially shameful that any self-professed Catholic would be implicated in such an evil, let alone advocate for it.”
But Pelosi did that, and then some.
Asked about her advocacy of such an evil by EWTN News Nightly correspondent Erik Rosales, Pelosi, as she often does in these moments, did not hesitate to invoke a theological explanation:
“The archbishop of the city of that area, of San Francisco, and I had a disagreement about who should decide this,” said Pelosi in reference to deciding “family size and timing.” She added: “I believe that God has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities.”
Of course, God has given us a free will, but explicitly not to be used in this way.
“I have set before you life and death,” declares Deuteronomy 30:19, “blessing and cursing: [T]herefore choose life.”
This is affirmed throughout the Old and New Testament. God commands us: “Thou shall not kill.”