Rep. Lankford on Pelosi: ‘Women Who Are Inside the Womb, She Doesn’t Mind If They Die’

October 17, 2011 - 12:01 PM
Nancy Pelosi

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – In regards to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stating that women will “die on the floor” if the GOP’s bill to cut off funding for abortion through Obamacare passes, Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said it was a “sad comment” and revealed that Pelosi does not care about women in the womb, “she doesn’t mind if they die.”

On Capitol Hill on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Lankford, “Earlier today, Nancy Pelosi said that ‘when the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene, if this bill is passed.’ Do you agree with this?”

Lankford said: “No. That’s a very sad comment. Obviously that’s very inflammatory. That’s absolutely not true of what’s going on.”

The Protect Life Act (H.R. 358) amends section 1303 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, to prohibit federal funds from being used to pay for abortion services or the health costs of a plan that does provide abortion services.

“I do not like my tax dollars being used to kill children when I’m adamantly opposed to it,” Lankford told CNSNews.com.

He continued: “Now I understand the other side is saying ‘that’s not a child until it takes a breath and it’s out of the womb, and we can look at it and don’t have an issue with a child being killed in the womb.’ I do have an issue with that. And I do not want to see my tax dollars being used for that.”

“So to say that somehow ‘we don’t have a problem with a woman dying on the floor’ on it—that’s obviously very inflammatory but it also begs the other question,” said Lankford. 

“Apparently, she’s only concerned about women who are outside of the womb,” he said. “Women who are inside the womb, she doesn’t mind if they die. And so that’s a whole different set of issues there. I care about women in the womb and outside of the womb.”

In response to a reporter’s question, Pelosi said  in a press conference on Thursday that “under this [protect life] bill, when the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene, if this bill is passed. It’s just appalling. It falls right into their -- all, it’s a health issue.”

The Protect Life Act is sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.) and was passed in the House (251-172) on Thursday and now moves to the Senate.