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Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has prohibited Congress from using federal funds to pay for abortions (with few exceptions), a move that has directly impacted women who can’t afford other options. But a recent draft of a spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee excluded the infamous amendment. If it gets signed into law, that unnecessary and cruel ban would be repealed.

During her weekly press conference yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the move, while invoking her Catholic faith in the process:

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… We think it is the right thing to do. It is something that many of us have been concerned about for a long time as an issue of health… of many women in America, especially those in lower-income situations and in different states.

And it is something that has been a priority for many of us [for] a long time.

As a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family — five children in six years almost to the day. But… it’s not up to me to dictate that that’s what other people should do, and it’s an issue of fairness and justice for poor women in our country.

That’s the position that Joe Biden, a fellow Catholic, has also taken. And supporting abortion rights in general is backed by 56% of U.S. Catholics!

So there’s nothing unusual about that stance. Pelosi is saying she’s Catholic. She was blessed with a large (wanted) family. But for women who don’t want kids for whatever the reason, she has no right to force her theology on them.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauded that stance:

Pelosi’s comments are a reminder that the United States was founded in large part on the idea of freedom of religion, which is only possible with a government that is free from religion. The Freedom From Religion Foundation hopes that other lawmakers similarly demonstrate an understanding about their elected positions not giving them a license to impose their religious beliefs on others.

Meanwhile, Catholic blowhard Bill Donohue insisted Pelosi wasn’t a Catholic at all, something he feels he gets to decide for her.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lied again on July 22 when she described herself as “a devout Catholic.”

Non-Catholics, never mind Catholics, know Pelosi is lying about her Catholic status. So does she.

And, because this is Bill Donohue, he made sure to be extra-racist with his comments:

Why didn’t she say it is an issue of “fairness and justice for all women”? Quite frankly, it sounds racist. Is that her way of “taking care of the urban problem”? After all, population control of African Americans is what galvanized Margaret Sanger to found Planned Parenthood.

Because poor women and women of color are disproportionately impacted by the Hyde Amendment. Donohue doesn’t know these things so he just projects his own bigotry on other people.

Whatever you think of her religious beliefs, she’s taking the right position on this issue. Her personal beliefs are irrelevant and getting rid of this amendment is good public policy. If only all religious politicians took similar stances.

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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