Pelosi and bishops spar over church's teaching on abortion

Speaker of the House cites Augustine
A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has struck back against criticism from prominent Catholic prelates who accused the California representative of misrepresenting church teachings about abortion.

“While Catholic teaching is clear that life begins at conception, many Catholics do not ascribe to that view,” said Pelosi spokesperson Brendan Daly.

Pelosi, the nation’s highest-ranking Catholic elected official, said on NBC’s Meet the Press that the question of when life begins has been “an issue of controversy” throughout the history of the church.

Pelosi’s comments came in defense of her party’s presidential nominee, Barack Obama. The Illinois senator told megachurch pastor Rick Warren in an August 16 civil forum at his Saddleback Church in California that the theological or medical question of when life begins is “above my pay grade.”


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