WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 23: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on September 23, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:11 PM PT – Thursday, September 23, 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushes back an archbishop’s comment against abortion, saying women have the right to choose. During a news conference on Thursday, the archbishop of San Francisco said Pelosi’s backing to codify Roe v. Wade is “child sacrifice.”
The Women’s Health Care Protection Act would essentially protect women’s abortion access. While the archbishop criticized the legislation, Pelosi, whose Catholic, said her views on abortion differ.
“The archbishop of the city, that area of San Francisco, and I have a disagreement about who should decide this,” said Pelosi. “I believe that God has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities.”
Meanwhile, tensions have only risen as more states are moving to enact abortion bans similar to the one recently passed in Texas.