Nancy Pelosi Says Abortion Bans ‘Ignore Basic Morality’
House speaker also uses event as political opportunity to address impeachment inquiry
Pelosi addressed attendees at the 50th-anniversary dinner of abortion political action and advocacy organization NARAL:
“Today, as we know, an all-out assault on women’s reproductive freedoms is sweeping the nation, as Republicans seek to impose abortion bans on millions of women in dozens of states,” she said.
Another speaker, who is a professed Catholic, also said:
"These bans violate the Constitution. They ignore basic morality.
"They imperil the health and well-being of countless women.
"And they showcase a radical Republican agenda that will stop at nothing to take away a woman’s right to make her own decisions upon her – about her health, her body, and the timing and size of her family."
Also speaking at the dinner was twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who received NARAL’s 'lifetime achievement award.'
“They are making it harder to avoid an unintended pregnancy, making it harder to end an unintended pregnancy, and making it harder to be supported when you become a mother,” Clinton said, according to NARAL.
“We must support the right to choose whether or when to become mothers.”
Pelosi used the event as a political opportunity to address her decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump following a whistleblower complaint alleging he invited Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
She said this is “a very sad time for our country."
She then added that she said this “with great sorrow and prayerfulness.”
“I never thought that we would see a president take the actions that he has,” the Speaker said.
“In fact, I don’t think our Founders ever thought a president would do such a thing. And they built great guardrails into our Constitution to make sure that anyone who attempted to do so, saw the boundaries. But, that has not held this president back.”
On Thursday, Pelosi accused Trump of engaging in a 'cover-up' based on the whistleblower's allegations that the White House tried to conceal call records between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The House Speaker told reporters, “there are actions that are a cover-up."
Earlier this year, Pelosi called the ban on late-term abortions as “quite a sad thing.
”During the President's State of the Union speech, she urged lawmakers, “to defend the dignity of every person; I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
“It’s really quite a sad thing when you know that we’ll be talking about something that applies to the health and life — health and ability to have other children of women,” Pelosi told the Daily Caller.