Pelosi Doesn't Answer Whether Defunding Planned Parenthood 'Dishonors God'

By Annabel Scott | June 29, 2017 | 3:31pm EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy 

Pelosi (D-Calif.)  (C-SPAN) 

( -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who suggested the Republican health care bill dishonors God, did not say that defunding Planned Parenthood, which is part of the bill, would “dishonor God” at a June 29 press briefing.

At the Capitol on Thursday, asked Rep. Pelosi, “On the health care bill, yesterday you said that ignoring the needs of God's creation is to ‘dishonor the God who made us.’ Do you believe that defunding Planned Parenthood dishonors God?”

Pelosi did not answer the question and instead said, “I think defunding Planned Parenthood disrespects every woman in this country, disrespects her judgment to make her own decision about the size and timing of her family, with herself, her doctor, her God, her family.”

“And so, I think we have to respect the dignity and worth of every person and their ability to make decisions to answer for their behavior,” said the House Minority Leader.

On Wednesday, Pelosi commented on the health care legislation that is now in the Senate after visiting the Children’s National Medical Center.

"I know my colleagues are people of faith,” she said.  “They tell us that all the time. So, this is God's creation, we have a real responsibility to it. To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. They [Republicans] are just ignoring those needs.”

“So from our faith, from our responsibility and community in our country to acknowledging that we are all one family in our country, it is very important that our colleagues not only read the bill, but examine their consciences and look into their hearts, and maybe look into the eyes of these families, and maybe make a decision in favor of what is right,” she said.

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