No Nancy Pelosi, Poor Women Don’t Need Abortions They Need Help and Support

Opinion   |   Jim Daly   |   Aug 11, 2021   |   7:10PM   |   Washington, DC

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has long championed abortion rights. And she has rarely done so more strongly than last month while defending the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a historically bipartisan agreement prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars for the killing of preborn babies.

At a press conference from the Capitol, Pelosi suggested one of the reasons why the public funding of abortion is justified is because poor women need abortions.

Calling it “an issue of health, of many women in America, especially those in lower-income situations and in different states,” the California representative then carried on with her tortured logic: “As a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family,” she said.

But are children of poor women somehow burdens and not blessings, Pelosi? Are babies born in poverty destined to live lives of wane and want?

The short answer is “no,” and my own life is a personal testimony to the redeeming power of a resurrected Christ in our lives and why you should never use a permanent solution (abortion) to a temporary problem (poverty).

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“It’s not up to me to dictate … what other people should do, and [public funding of abortion] is an issue of fairness and justice for poorer women in our country,” Pelosi insists.

Justice for whom? Surely not the children nor the women, all of whom need love, help, and support — not a death sentence.

My mother and father were poor. As the youngest in the family, I could easily have been aborted. When I was 5 years old, my mother left my father and became a single parent with five children. We moved to a very poor neighborhood and struggled. My mother even died when I was 9.

Yet, all five of the Daly children found their way out of poverty and have lived successfully as productive adults.

Abortion doesn’t solve poverty; it only leaves women and society poorer, depriving the world of the beauty of children, along with all their gifts and talents.

Despite professing herself a devout Catholic, Pelosi has regularly supported laws in direct conflict with her church’s teaching.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who is a friend of mine and who oversees Pelosi’s diocese, has said, “No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion.”

He has also noted bluntly, “Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop.”

He continued, “To use the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women is the epitome of hypocrisy: What about the health of the baby being killed?”

There’s an old adage that those who don’t learn from history are destined to repeat it, and such is the case with the issue of abortion.

Margaret Sanger, the racist founder of Planned Parenthood, heralded abortion as a means to rid the world of both black children and poverty. Such motives were evil then — and remain wicked now.

It appears Pelosi has picked up Sanger’s cause because by supporting abortion, she’s supporting the deaths of a disproportionate number of black babies.

People of faith should be praying for true justice and fairness for the most innocent among us.

LifeNews Note: Jim Daly is the president of Focus on the Family.