(CNSNews.com) -- Pope Francis is arriving in Washington, D.C., today and the Senate is voting on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but it was earlier this year that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) explained her opposition to the bill by saying that she knew more about having babies than the Pope.
During Pelosi's weekly press briefing on Jan 22, CNSNews.com asked her: "Is an unborn child 20 weeks into pregnancy a human being?"
Pelosi responded: "You know what? What we're talking about on the floor of the House is something that says politicians should determine what effects the health of a woman, her life, her health, and the rest. I don't think it's up to politicians to do that. And that's why we are very overwhelmingly opposing what is going on on the floor of the House."
A short time later, at the same press briefing, CNSNews.com followed up on the question.
CNSNews.com asked: "My question is pretty simple. On the abortion issue, I understand your position on the legislation, but even the legislation aside, when it comes to the matter of whether or not an unborn child is a human being at 20 weeks gestation, what is your personal take on it? If it is not a human being, then what do you believe it is?"
Pelosi said, "You know, it is really interesting that you would come to these meetings to talk about it. The fact is, is what we have said: The life and the health of the mother is what is preeminent in when a decision is made about a woman’s reproductive health. It isn't an ideological fight, it is a personal health issue."
Pelosi continued: "And as a mother of five, in six years, I have great standing on this issue, great understanding of it, more than my colleagues. In fact, one day many years ago--perhaps before you were born, when I was a new member of Congress, as a Catholic and a mom of five, opposing some of the initiatives similar to what, in the same vein as what we have today--one of the Republicans stood up and said, 'Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the Pope.'
"Yeah, that would be true," said Pelosi. "So, in any event, this is up to women, their conscience, their God, their doctor, their fate, their survival. And that is what the decision should be. Decisions about women’s reproductive health should not be made by politicians in Washington, D.C., but should honor the decisions that have been made by the Supreme Court, a decision made by the Supreme Court, recognizing the right of women to have that choice."