Nancy Pelosi: Abortion Bans ‘Ignore Basic Morality’

Terence P. Jeffrey | September 27, 2019 | 11:28am EDT
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Pelosi addressing NARAL's 50th anniversary dinner. (Screen Capture)

( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said in an address delivered Thursday night at the 50th anniversary dinner of NARAL Pro-Choice America that abortion bans being sought by Republicans around the country “ignore basic morality.”

“These bans violate the Constitution. They ignore basic morality,” Pelosi said.

NARAL Pro-Choice America was formerly known as the National Abortion Rights Action League. “The 2.3 million members of NARAL Pro-Choice America fight for reproductive freedom for every person in every state,” the organization says on its website. “We are the foot soldiers who work to ensure that abortion access is not only protected, but expanded for every American.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also addressed NARAL’s 50th anniversary dinner and received the group’s lifetime achievement award.

“The unified leadership of NARAL and the House is urgently needed at this precarious time for women’s health care and freedoms,” Pelosi said in her speech. “Today, as we know, an all-out assault on women’s reproductive freedoms is sweeping the nation, as Republicans seek to impose abortion bans on millions of women in dozens of states.

“These bans violate the Constitution. They ignore basic morality,” Pelosi said. “They imperil the health and well-being of countless women. And they showcase a radical Republican agenda that will stop at nothing to take away a woman’s right to make her own decisions upon her--about her health, her body, and the timing and size of her family.

“But, we all know the truth: every woman, everywhere has the constitutional and moral right to basic reproductive health care,” said Pelosi. “The overwhelming majority of the American people stand with us in supporting a woman’s right to make her own choices about her health, her body and her family.

“We’ve won in the court of public opinion. Now, we must continue to win in the court of law,” she said. “We will fight to defend Roe v. Wade using every tool in our disposal.”

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