Pelosi Stands By Abortion Comments

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Under fire from U.S. Catholic bishops and Republican congressmen, Democratic house speaker Nancy Pelosi is not backing off comments she made about abortion on a TV show.

Pelosi said Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press” that “doctors of the church” haven't been able to define when life begins. That prompted swift rebukes from Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl and Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, who said Pelosi was incorrect and that catholic teaching has consistently condemned abortion.

Cardinal Edward Egan of New York voiced similar sentiment Tuesday. Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William Lori, chairman of the Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, also issued a statement
correcting pelosi.

Brendan Daly, a spokesman for Pelosi, said in a statement today that she “fully appreciates the sanctity of family,” and based her views on conception on the “views of Saint Augusttine.”

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