WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted Tuesday to the Archbishop of San Francisco’s decision to deny her communion for supporting abortion, saying she respects those with differing opinions, but not when they try to impose them on others.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, said she comes from a large family and some relatives oppose a woman’s right to have an abortion.
“I respect other people’s views on that, but I don’t respect when someone tries to impose their view on others,” Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Our archbishop has emphatically opposed the rights of LGBTQ people. In fact, he was the architect of a measure that will be put to a referendum in California,” he added.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote a letter to Pelosi last month announcing that he will not give her communion because she promised to codify the Roe vs. Wade of the Supreme Court that enshrined a woman’s constitutional right to decide on her pregnancy. The proposal was approved by the House of Representatives, but did not prosper in the Senate.
Pelosi asserted that the women and families of the country have to know that it is about much more than the issue of abortion.
“These same people are against contraceptives, family planning, in vitro fertilization. They oppose a lot of things and use abortion as a spearhead,” the legislator said.
Cordileone has stated that he has told Pelosi that she must repudiate her support for abortion rights or else stop speaking publicly about her Catholic faith.
In another letter to parishioners, the archbishop said he has asked several times to meet with Pelosi, but has received no response.