House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended her congressional record on Sunday after the California government berated Gavin Newsom at Democrats for dropping the ball on abortion rights.
Asked why pro-choice Democrats “outwitted,” Ms. Pelosi bellows, insisting that the Democrats “have been constantly fighting the Republicans in Congress.”
“I have no idea why anyone would make that statement unless they were unaware of the battle that is going on,” Ms. Pelosi said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Mr Newsom chastised his own party at a news conference Wednesday outside Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles, after the bomb leaked Monday of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a constitutional right to abortion.
‘Where the hell is my party? Where is the Democratic Party? Why don’t we stand firmer, more determined? Why don’t we proclaim this?” asked Mr. Newsom. “This is a concerted, coordinated effort and yes, they are winning. They are. They have been. Let’s acknowledge that. We have to get up. Where is the counter-offensive?”
†@margbrennan: Should Democrats have fought harder for abortion rights in 2009?
Speaker Pelosi: “In 2009 we didn’t have a pro-choice Democratic party… Right now we do have a pro-choice Democratic Congress and we passed the law months ago” pic.twitter.com/almjExDMBt
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 8, 2022
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Mr. Pelosi pointed out that in September the House passed an abortion rights law called the Women’s Health Protection Act, which has languished in the Senate ever since.
It was a rare public disagreement between the two high-profile California Democrats, who are not only political allies but were once related by marriage.
Mr. Newsom’s aunt, Barbara Newsom, was previously married to Ron Pelosi, the speaker’s brother-in-law, but divorced in 1977, according to ABC7 in San Francisco.
In the 2008 election, Democrats won the House, Senate and White House, but President Barack Obama said abortion was “not the top legislative priority.” Republicans took back the House in 2010.
Ms. Pelosi said that in 2009 “we really didn’t have a pro-choice Democratic Party. I’ve had to fight some of the people who didn’t want to go through the Affordable Care Act because they were afraid it would allow more freedom of choice.”
She also urged pro-choice advocates to “keep an eye on us.”
“This is about something so serious and so personal and so disrespectful to women and here it is Mother’s Day, and the court has slapped women in the face in terms of their judgment of the size and timing of their families,” Ms Pelosi said. “Fact is, let’s keep an eye on the ball. The ball is in the court of the judges.”