Monday, January 26, 2009

"Conservative Catholic Grandmother"™ Pelosi Says Birth Control a Boon for the Economy [UPDATED]

Matthew Archbold reports:

Your favorite grandmother Nancy Pelosi defended the inclusion of millions of dollars being spent on birth control in Obama's new economic "stimulus" package by claiming "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."

So that's what you are folks. You are a cost to the state and federal government. You are not a product of love, an immortal being with a soul. You are the product of a cost/benefit analysis.

Here's the exact exchange on ABC's THIS WEEK. (H/T Drudge)
STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?

PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.
Now this just might explain why Obama and Pelosi are so vehemently pro-abortion. It's because they're so worried about the economy.


Video (Hat tip: American Papist):

You just knew Bill Donohue wasn't going to let this slide (hat tip: again, American Papist):

“Looks like the Democrats have abortion and contraception on the brain. Last week, President Barack Obama lifted restrictions on federal funds being used to promote and perform abortions overseas. Now we have Pelosi arguing that the way to balance the budget is not by cutting expenditures, but by cutting kids. Her comment matches up well with what Obama said during the presidential campaign about comprehensive sex education: speaking of his own daughters, he said that ‘if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.’ (My emphasis.)

“We have reached a new low when high-ranking public office holders in the federal government cast children as the enemy. But at least it explains their enthusiasm for abortion-on-demand.”
Meanwhile, the sound of crickets chirping could be heard emanating forth from the chancery offices of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Catholic Mom responds with "Economics (Eugenics): Nancy Pelosi Style".

An example of why Don McClarey is one of my favorite bloggers/commenters:
Pelosi and Biden combined would not have enough intelligence to make a half-wit. Astonishing that these two jokes are what the public will think of during the next four years when they think of Catholic politicians in Washington.

For the Greater Glory: "The Pelosi Revolution".

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
More U.S. Bishops Issue Statements on Abortion

LA Times Columnist Lies to Cover for Pelosi

Obama Camp to Speaker Pelosi: "Shut Up, Already!

The Follow-Up Question Brokaw Should've Asked

Pelosi: St. Augustine Agrees With Me - That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It [UPDATED]

Archbishop Chaput on Speaker Pelosi: "On the Separation of Sense and State" [UPDATED]

Biblical Scholars Challenge Pelosi's "Scripture" Quote

"Conservative Catholic Grandmother" Pelosi Defends Removal of "God" from Flag Certificates

President Bush to Veto Stem Cell Bill

Never Mind Church Teaching, Catholic Nancy Pelosi Says ESCR "a Gift of God"

"Anti-Catholic" Pelosi Accused of Promoting "Culture of Death"

Pelosi Sings Praises of Embryo Destruction

Bishop Vasa on Nancy Pelosi: It's "Categorically Impossible" to be Catholic and Hold Abortion is "Just a Choice"

Worth a Thousand Words

Nancy Pelosi: "My Family is Very Pro-Life"

Catholicism, Pelosi style

Archbishop Wuerl's Stand on Lawmakers Who Back Abortion Angers Some Conservative Catholics

NARAL Pro-Choice America Salutes Nancy Pelosi on Her Inauguration as Speaker of the House

More on Speaker Pelosi at Open Book

A Catholic Speaker in the House

American Life League's Judie Brown: Pro-Abortion Pelosi Insults Catholic Faith

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At 1/26/2009 11:56 AM, Anonymous paul zummo said...

I'm surprised the esteemed theologian failed to mention all the early doctor's of the Church that expressed tolerance for birth control. I guess she could have also mentioned that the Church didn't really start opposing birth control until 30-40 years ago. I'm sure she could have made a really convincing case, in fact, that St. Paul was totally cool with birth control, as indicated in one of those Epistle thingies.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry.

At 1/26/2009 12:15 PM, Blogger Darwin said...

Wow. Got to watch out for those state costs.

Imagine if there were no citizens at all. Think how rich the state would be then...

At 1/26/2009 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the craziest thing that Mrs. Pelosi has said yet.


At 1/26/2009 12:44 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

It's certainly the most frightening in what it portends for a culture of life.

At 1/26/2009 12:53 PM, Blogger Catholic Mom said...

As I wrote on my blog today, this sort of reasoning has some interesting sequelae. I can see Speaker Pelosi advocating for a limit to the number of deductions for dependents since more than two children is too burdensome for the economy. Then expect a tax on those extra kids. Then a requirement to seek carbon offsets because more than two children strains the environment.

At 1/26/2009 1:07 PM, Anonymous Donald R. McClarey said...

Pelosi and Biden combined would not have enough intelligence to make a half-wit. Astonishing that these two jokes are what the public will think of during the next four years when they think of Catholic politicians in Washington.


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