Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calls Opponents of Pro-Abortion Health Care "Un-American"
by Steven Ertelt
August 10, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has subjected herself to criticism for authoring an editorial in USA Today in which she calls Americans who oppose the pro-abortion health care plan before Congress "un-American." Pelosi complains about the Americans who have voiced their opinions in town halls and forums.
Pelosi, who writes along with pro-abortion Democratic leader Steny Hoyer, complains about what she calls "an ugly campaign" by people opposed to the bills.
She claims people opposed to the government plan, which has been criticized for promoting health care rationing and euthanasia, are scheming to "disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue."
"These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American," Pelosi and Hoyer write.
House Republican Leader John Boehner, who is pro-life, quickly condemned Pelosi on the comments in a Monday statement sent to LifeNews.com.
"Each public forum should give every participant the opportunity to express their views, but to label Americans who are expressing vocal opposition to the Democrats plan ‘un-American’ is outrageous and reprehensible," he said.
He added: The American people deserve answers to basic questions about whether the Democrats plan will" do such things as "put government between doctors and patients," or "force anyone to lose their current health coverage," or "promote taxpayer-funded abortion."
"The fact is Democrats have not been able to address the very real concerns the American people have," Boehner said.
Congressman Mike Pence, a leading pro-life advocate in the House, also condemned Pelosi’s comments.
He said most Americans "would find that kind of characterization of citizens exercising their First Amendment rights to be offensive. There is nothing more American than letting your elected representatives know how you feel about important issues facing the nation."
"The American people are rejecting a government takeover of health care and I think Democrats from the White House to the Congress are desperate. They are trying to change the subject," Pence continued.
"I do believe that at the end of the day, it is going to become very obvious, even to many Democrats in Congress, that this is not some campaign, it is not some ‘un-American’ effort," he said of those opposing the pro-abortion plans.
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