Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) confirmed during a news conference on Thursday, in which she addressed women’s reproductive rights, that she knows more than the pope about having babies.
“It isn’t an ideological fight, it’s a personal health issue,” Pelosi said. “And as a mother of five, in six years, I have great standing on this issue. Great understanding of it. More than my colleagues.”
Pelosi noted that years ago, while opposing legislation that threatened a woman’s right to choose, her confidence in understanding the issue was challenged by a Republican congressman.
“One of the Republican members got up and said, ‘Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the pope,'” Pelosi recalled, before reasserting her knowledge on the subject.
“Yeah,” Pelosi said. “Yeah. That would be true.”
Pelosi closed out the news conference by noting that, ultimately, the decision is “up to women.”
Her comments come after the current pope recently addressed the issue of “responsible parenting” in a conversation with reporters. Pope Francis noted that there’s no need for Catholics to breed “like rabbits.” His stance on the regulation of family size is a departure from the traditional treatment of birth control within the Catholic Church.
Watch the video of Pelosi below, courtesy of The Washington Post: