Bozell to Pelosi on ‘Human Being’ Question: You Should Answer and Apologize

By Michael W. Chapman | October 6, 2015 | 12:19pm EDT

MRC President L. Brent Bozell III. 


( – Following House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) refusal to answer whether an unborn baby with a human heart is a human being, Media Research Center President L. Brent Bozell wrote to Pelosi, noting that good reporters “ask tough questions,” that her answer was “disrespectful”; and that she should apologize to the reporter,’s Sam Dorman.

“You owe the reporter, Mr. Dorman, an unqualified apology," wrote Bozell. "You should also answer his question."

Dorman had asked Minority Leader Pelosi the question at her Capitol Hill press conference last Thursday, Oct. 1. The exchange occurred as follows: “In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?”

Pelosi: “Why don't you take your ideological questions--I don't, I don't have—” “If it's not a human being, what species is it?”

Pelosi: “No, listen, I want to say something to you. I don't know who you are and you're welcome to be here, freedom of this press. I am a devout practicing Catholic, a mother of five children. When my baby was born, my fifth child, my oldest child was six years old. I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect.” “So it's not a human being, then?”

Pelosi said: “And I do not intend to respond to your questions, which have no basis in what public policy is that we do here.”

(Disclosure: The Media Research Center is the parent organization of

In his Oct. 2 letter to Pelosi, MRC President Bozell wrote, “This was a perfectly relevant and appropriate question to ask on the heels of a congressional hearing investigating Planned Parenthood’s baby parts-for-profit scandal. The question was appropriate given your support of abortion on demand and your outspoken support for Planned Parenthood.”

“There is nothing disrespectful about a reporter asking you (or any other public official involved with such legislation) if you believe unborn children with human hearts and human livers are human beings,” wrote Bozell.  “ reporters are asking the exact questions of other elected members of Congress.”

“It is a reporter’s job to ask tough questions,” he said.  “Your answer was disrespectful, unprofessional, and condescending.”

In conclusion, Bozell wrote, “You owe the reporter, Mr. Dorman, an unqualified apology. You should also answer his question. I look forward to your response.” asked Pelosi’s office by telephone and email if she plans to respond to Bozell’s letter. Her office did not respond before this story was posted. 

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