We don’t know [whether life begins at conception]. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose.
Eh? Whether or not life begins at conception has no impact on the right to choose? How does that even make sense?
There’s a great rebuttal here, basically showing that Pelosi has no clue what the Catholic church has taught in the past.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, of Denver, responds:
Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil. In the absence of modern medical knowledge, some of the Early Fathers held that abortion was homicide; others that it was tantamount to homicide; and various scholars theorized about when and how the unborn child might be animated or “ensouled.” But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and the early Church closely associated abortion with infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.
Holding to a “living Constitution” that changes with the times is one thing. Grossly misrepresenting the history of the Church to which Speaker Pelosi professes to belong is another.
In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.” (No. 2271)