After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi justified earlier this week her support for repealing the Hyde Amendment, the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, has blasted her stance, implying that she is not the devout Catholic she claims to be, the Catholic News Agency has reported.
Archbishop Cordileone called the practice of presenting abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women the epitome of hypocrisy, repeating that no one can claim to be a devout Catholic while approve the killing of innocent human life.
Pelosi previously described herself as a devout Catholic who believes it is unjust to tell others what to do only to get Archbishop Cordileone pointing the opposite. Cordileone pointed how proud he is of the Catholics who manage pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics, providing the poor women life-giving alternatives, and pointed that those are the ones worthy to call themselves devout Catholics.
The Hyde Amendment Pelosi is so adamant to repeal is a federal statute enacted in 1980 that prohibits most abortions from being covered by Medicaid, except to save the woman’s life, or if the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape.
The U.S. bishops’ conference is circulating a petition in support of the pro-life policy, calling on lawmakers to preserve the Hyde Amendment.
The Catholic Church stance seems to have strong support among the highest US representatives with governors in Texas, Arkansas and Idaho ratifying state laws prohibiting abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, even in cases of rape or incest, or as in Idaho’s case, after a baby’s heartbeat is detected.