[guest post by Dana]
It was at the Women’s Health Day of Action and Women’s Equality Day conference when she proclaimed that it’s “sinful” to be against abortion:
“The fact that this is such an assault on women of color and women [in] lower income families is just sinful. It’s sinful. It’s wrong that they would be able to say to women what they think women should be doing with their lives and their bodies. But it’s sinful, the injustice of it all,” Pelosi said August 26 at the Roundtable on Women’s Reproductive Health in San Francisco.
The California representative, who is a Catholic, then claimed that “extreme MAGA Republicans” are harming women by restricting abortion.
“We take pride in California’s leadership on reproductive health,” Pelosi said. “A beacon of hope and refuge in a time of widespread fear. Emboldened by the radical Supreme Court, extreme MAGA Republicans are inflicting unimaginable pain on women and their families.”
Nice spiel of condescension toward women of color you’ve got going on there, Nancy. This brown anti-MAGA-not-a-Republican woman resents a lily-white woman assuming the position of God and telling me what’s what like I can’t figure it out for myself. As if my views would automatically line up with hers because she knows best. Wake up, girl, it’s 2022!
I realize that, in the circle game of abortion, my views are not necessarily your views, and your views are not Nancy Pelosi’s views, and Nancy Pelosi’s views are not my views, but I would guess that a great number of us have some overlap. When Pelosi makes a blanket judgment that it’s “sinful” to be against abortion, she arrogantly dismisses out of hand that for many, faith factors heavily into the formation of views on abortion. And clearly, faith compels millions of Americans to hold a sinful! pro-life position. This is ironic, of course, given that Pelosi’s own faith as a self-identified Catholic seemingly doesn’t factor into her abortion views one bit. Moreover, I don’t believe that abortion is the black-and-white-binary-you’re-either-with-us-or-against-us issue that she presents. Life is more nuanced than that. People are more complicated than that. And life gets messy. At times, very messy. So consider me sinful in Pelosi’s judgy eyes: I want limits on abortion yet support exceptions for rape and incest, and if the mother’s life is in danger, or if it is known that the baby has died in uteror or will be stillborn. But if Pelosi wants to act like the 2020 Republicans screaming that it’s a binary choice and hold a similarly narrow-minded and politically cynical view (about human worth), then I happily remain a sinner. I don’t want to be the kind of person who can easily slough off the very complicated issues surrounding abortion, adopt her blinkered view of life and dismiss out of hand the inherent worth of a living soul in the womb because I know what it would cost me to do so.
Anyway, that wasn’t the biggest line of bullshit Pelosi spewed at the conference:
And I’ll just say this: yesterday, I was at something in Los Angeles and a mom told me that – listening to all of this going on – her three-year-old daughter – the mother said something about, one time, she would go to bed, and she said, ‘Mom, nobody should tell girls what to do with their bodies.’
Three years old. So it’s coming through. It’s coming through. A whole other generation.
Thus confirming that this god, anyway, has feet of clay.