Nancy Pelosi Shuts Down Reporter’s Question on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 20, 2013   |   7:09PM   |   Washington, DC

During her Thursday afternoon press conference, pro-abortion Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi shut down a reporter’s question on abortion.

Pelosi, who is under fire for her comment saying defending late-term abortions is “sacred ground” for her, could have been asked about that or about the late-term abortion ban the House approved Tuesday without her support or that of virtually all of the Democratic caucus. The ban would prevent abortions after 20 weeks and up to the day of birth.

The Weekly’ Standard’s John McCormack reported today on Pelosi’s shushing of a conservative.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi ripped Republicans for not spending enough money on food stamps. “They’re taking food out of the mouths of babies,” Pelosi said of her Republican colleagues following the defeat of the farm bill in a floor vote. “Two million families would lose their food under the bill, much less under the Southerland amendment.”

But what Pelosi didn’t say was more interesting than what she did say.

Two days after the House passed a bill prohibiting most abortions during the final four months of pregnancy, Pelosi didn’t say a single word about abortion, the “war on women,” or “reproductive rights.” When a reporter tried to ask Pelosi a question related to the late-term abortion bill this afternoon, Pelosi said she only wanted questions about the budget.



“No,” Pelosi said as Elizabeth Harrington of CNS News began to speak up. “Does anyone else–I want a [question on the] subject of the budget.”

Harrington hadn’t even mentioned the topic of her question when Pelosi cut her off, but the minority leader likely knew what was coming because Harrington had stumped Rep. Diana DeGette, co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, with a question about late-term abortion on Tuesday.

Perhaps Pelosi didn’t want to be asked about a letter asking her to renounce her Catholicism.