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NARAL ♥ Nancy!

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Jan 06, 2007

NARAL plants a long, lingering smooch on the voting record of tactical-Catholic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi:

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement in commemoration of the historic swearing in of Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first woman to serve as the Speaker of the House.

"Americans who value freedom and privacy have many reasons to celebrate as Nancy Pelosi takes the Speaker's gavel to make this historic move forward for our country. For her nearly 20 years in office, Speaker Pelosi has been an effective advocate for women's health and has championed her pro-choice values by consistently voting to protect a woman's right to choose. In November, voters across this country endorsed Speaker Pelosi's call for a change and new direction by electing 23 new pro-choice members to the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, we celebrate as Speaker Pelosi takes the reins; under her leadership Americans can expect a new focus on commonsense solutions, not the divisive attacks that marred the previous Congresses."

To be fair, we should also mention that the Pelosi gave evidence of her faith commitment by inviting Fr. Stephen Privett, S.J., president of the University of San Francisco, to deliver the invocation at the opening of the 110th Congress. In a pre-prayer interview, Privett, with unusually felicitous infelicity, explained Pelosi's claim that she is "motivated by the Gospel of Matthew":

"The Gospel of Matthew has a marked preference for the poor, for the marginalized, and for the dispossessed, and I think Nancy has a genuine feel for those people and would like to see government care for them as the Gospel asks us to do."

Connor Peterson was unavailable for comment.

Speaker Pelosi, left, with Fr. Privett (USF photo).

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