During an event at Texas A&M University on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed the Catholic Church has never enforced its teaching on contraception and that the church is now looking to the federal government to enforce that teaching for it.
“Ninety-eight percent of women in childbearing age that are Catholic use contraception. So, in practice the church has not enforced this and now they want the federal government and private insurance to enforce it. It just isn’t consistent to me,” Pelosi said.
The statement came after Pelosi was questioned about the conflict between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration over its new policy mandating that religious employers cover the cost of contraception and sterilization procedures for its employees.
Pelosi added, “Whatever my personal beliefs or my personal upbringing are on this subject everyone has their own responsibility in terms of the size and the rest of their family.”
“So, I think this should be removed from the debate, it’s inflammatory–misrepresentations are made.”
All 181 Catholic bishops in the United States have vehemently denounced the Obama administration’s mandate, calling it “an unprecedented attack on religious freedom.”
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